I lost my father Mother's day 2004. After numerous hospitalizations, nursing home admissions etc., I was relieved to see him go.
He had a numerous MI's and other complications since May 2003. I graduated in May 10, 2003. I accepted an RN position in my unit but left one-month + later d/t his illness and no one else in my family willing to help with the responsibility of taking care of elderly parents.
I took off 3 months to help my parents out and put my career on hold. Come October, I accepted a job at an ICU unit. The first week on the job I came down with pneumonia and was out for 3 days.
Then, my kid came down with a severe case of strep throat. Had to call in.... no one to watch my kid ...my back-up care were my parents but with dad in the hospital and mom with him there was no way. My other relatives all work.
So, 4 absences against me. Great. Later in December, for some reason I missed work. My fault for not double checking my calendar. No call/no show.
Come January, dad is back in the hospital...this time it looks as if he is not going to make it. Manager is aware that dad is in the hospital since one of the unit internists also works at the hosp. my dad is in.
She offered family leave, I decline. I tell her that I will come in to work the next day.
Next day I call her and tell her that I quit.
I was so depressed and stressed out that I just quit.
So, NOW what do I do?
How do I explain myself to any future employer?
Thank God that my sister agreed to take my mother to live in Florida. Maybe, I now have a chance to start all over again someplace else. OR do I?
Should I leave the nursing profession? I had plans to start on my master's one year out of nursing school. Now that deadline has passed.
Anyone who can offer constructive advice will be appreciated.