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Hi everyone! I'm new here to allnurses. Before stating my problem, I'm going to give you a little background of my nursing experience. I have 2 years and 1 month of ER experience in a renowned hospital here in the Philippines, prior to that, I spent 3 months as a trainee nurse in the same hospital. Just this May, I resigned as an ER nurse because I thought I was about to land a job as a Research Nurse Coordinator which will fetch me about 40k a month. Almost 3x my previous salary. But something funky happened and it didn't push through. Simply put, I was unemployed for 5 months but not without applying for research nurse jobs here in the Philippines. But never did I receive a job offer.

Just last week, I was able to land a job in a BPO industry on a pioneer account. I accepted the job as I was fed up being unemployed. To make it short, I rushed things without thinking much about the job. And after just a few days of working, I felt sad about it and I really want to quit. I do not like the environment, I am not fond of a call-center-y atmosphere and I feel that when I linger on this job, it will make me miserable. I only had 4 hours of sleep the past 3 days to be honest as I don't see myself fitting in well with that job and I really want to quit.

Questions are:

1. Is it okay if I quit even after just starting after a few days? I'm unhappy on where I am right now. I know I needed a job but I can't imagine myself staying any longer. It makes me miserable.

2. I plan to go to Australia for my girlfriend for 7 years plans to go there too after her contract as a nurse here in the Philippines. The problem is, I'm not from a well-off family and leaving the country for Australia/New Zealand or even Canada requires thousands of pesos in order to study or start a work there. Clearly, I do not have the funds to do it. :( Is there any other way that I can leave? If it means being a LPN or Nurse Assistant, I'll gladly take it just as long as I can leave for Australia.

In short, I do not know now what to do. Thanks guys. Hope you'll understand where I am coming from.

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Silverdragon102 has 32 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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If going abroad is the eventual plan you will need money so can't you perceive whilst looking for other work and save?

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Red Kryptonite has 3 years experience and specializes in hospice.

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Sometimes you have to stick it out in things you'd rather not do in pursuit of larger goals. Use the crappy job as a way to earn money to move. Keep looking of course, but earn what you can right now.

Also, you've learned a hard lesson: outside of disaster or emergency, never quit one job until you have the next one locked up for certain.

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I'm currently looking for work as a nurse or nurse related (i.e. research) in order not to let my nursing knowledge go to waste. I was just spurred by my frustration that's why I applied for the BPO job. I feel that working in a BPO industry will make me stagnant and eventually forget my nursing knowledge. That's what I have put into consideration. Also, my job in the BPO industry requires me to be at work for 12am-9am weekdays but I plan to take my IELTS already this coming December 13. And I believe that I need all the time I have in order to review for it and nail an all 7s. Add that with my already stated reasons of why I do not like to work in the BPO industry. I admit that I made a mistake and didn't took advantage of the past months to take my IELTS. But I want to start again immediately as possible and I think passing the IELTS before the year ends will be beneficial for me. Thanks for the reply silver! Appreciate it.

Anyway, do you have any idea how much a bridging program in Australia cost? I read it was around 10,000 AuDollars.

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Yeah. Life teaches lessons in a funky way. And I'm just 23 and I admit my mistake and would want to straighten it out. That's why I want to start now. I do plan to take my IELTS this Dec 13 and I realized that I need all the time I have to study for it. So I think setting aside the whole November for that would be beneficial. I made it a goal to pass the IELTS with all 7s prior to the year ending. I took that into perspective on why I should quit the BPO job. And after achieving that goal, I plan to take on a nursing job even as a clinic nurse to start with or at the DOH in their research nurse program.

My mistake back then was though I was on the verge of becoming a research nurse coordinator, I should've made sure that I signed that damned job offer. The circumstance back then was actually hazy to be honest. They said that I might start anytime soon and my previous employer states that I need to render 30 days prior to resigning so I was caught in a dilemma. Thanks for the reply mate.

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I really felt bad after reading your post. Lesson's learned.

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mikeru22 has 4+ years experience and specializes in Acute Care, Trauma, Critical Care, Psych.

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Hi sir! You probably are in a bleak situation but look past that. You probably are being prepared for some bigger and greater things ahead so don't loose hope. Sometimes God shakes us if we have become too comfortable and complacent so we can grow more and bear more fruits than we previously did. You always have a choice. Do things that make you happy and if you are feeling miserable at your current whereabouts, then by all means leave. Maybe you just haven't found an environment that's just right for you. It might not be the job itself but it could be the people, the environment or the account that you support.

At some point during my 5 years experience as a BPO employee, I also felt bad about not being able to practice nursing. More so, I felt miserable looking at my schoolmates who persisted on looking for hospital-based jobs as nurses who one by one went abroad where they got awesome job offers as nurses. This may sound absurd but I truly got depressed to the point that I couldn't really sleep well for a couple of days by just thinking about these things.

Then one day, I woke up and realized that I am in a very practical and advantageous situation because I could help my family and relatives, buy most of the things I wanted and still have some savings unlike most of my batch-mates who bummed around until they could get jobs in hospitals as nurses. I started using my spare time walking in different hospitals to submit my resume and then suddenly God opened gates of opportunities for me to go back and that was when everything started falling into place and started making sense.

I was hopeless and frustrated too but I poured it out by being the best BPO associate I could be until I earned some money to save that I never knew would come really handy during my RNHEALS days. My point is, keep your goals in your mind but find some other ways to get there if doors to it are currently shut. Pray without ceasing and believe in your heart that all He wants for us is to prosper us in ways unfathomable and unimaginable to us.

God bless you.

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Hi sir! You probably are in a bleak situation but look past that. You probably are being prepared for some bigger and greater things ahead so don't loose hope. Sometimes God shakes us if we have become too comfortable and complacent so we can grow more and bear more fruits than we previously did. You always have a choice. Do things that make you happy and if you are feeling miserable at your current whereabouts, then by all means leave. Maybe you just haven't found an environment that's just right for you. It might not be the job itself but it could be the people, the environment or the account that you support.

At some point during my 5 years experience as a BPO employee, I also felt bad about not being able to practice nursing. More so, I felt miserable looking at my schoolmates who persisted on looking for hospital-based jobs as nurses who one by one went abroad where they got awesome job offers as nurses. This may sound absurd but I truly got depressed to the point that I couldn't really sleep well for a couple of days by just thinking about these things.

Then one day, I woke up and realized that I am in a very practical and advantageous situation because I could help my family and relatives, buy most of the things I wanted and still have some savings unlike most of my batch-mates who bummed around until they could get jobs in hospitals as nurses. I started using my spare time walking in different hospitals to submit my resume and then suddenly God opened gates of opportunities for me to go back and that was when everything started falling into place and started making sense.

I was hopeless and frustrated too but I poured it out by being the best BPO associate I could be until I earned some money to save that I never knew would come really handy during my RNHEALS days. My point is, keep your goals in your mind but find some other ways to get there if doors to it are currently shut. Pray without ceasing and believe in your heart that all He wants for us is to prosper us in ways unfathomable and unimaginable to us.

God bless you.

Agree! very well said. tissue please..

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Hi sir! You probably are in a bleak situation but look past that. You probably are being prepared for some bigger and greater things ahead so don't loose hope. Sometimes God shakes us if we have become too comfortable and complacent so we can grow more and bear more fruits than we previously did. You always have a choice. Do things that make you happy and if you are feeling miserable at your current whereabouts, then by all means leave. Maybe you just haven't found an environment that's just right for you. It might not be the job itself but it could be the people, the environment or the account that you support.

At some point during my 5 years experience as a BPO employee, I also felt bad about not being able to practice nursing. More so, I felt miserable looking at my schoolmates who persisted on looking for hospital-based jobs as nurses who one by one went abroad where they got awesome job offers as nurses. This may sound absurd but I truly got depressed to the point that I couldn't really sleep well for a couple of days by just thinking about these things.

Then one day, I woke up and realized that I am in a very practical and advantageous situation because I could help my family and relatives, buy most of the things I wanted and still have some savings unlike most of my batch-mates who bummed around until they could get jobs in hospitals as nurses. I started using my spare time walking in different hospitals to submit my resume and then suddenly God opened gates of opportunities for me to go back and that was when everything started falling into place and started making sense.

I was hopeless and frustrated too but I poured it out by being the best BPO associate I could be until I earned some money to save that I never knew would come really handy during my RNHEALS days. My point is, keep your goals in your mind but find some other ways to get there if doors to it are currently shut. Pray without ceasing and believe in your heart that all He wants for us is to prosper us in ways unfathomable and unimaginable to us.

God bless you.

I just want to share what happened sir. :) A day after my last post in this thread, I had the chance to speak with a friend who experienced depression some part in his life. And do you know what he said? You always have a choice. And if you feel miserable, LEAVE and you will know by heart that you did something right if you feel happy about it without regrets. So I did. Minutes after talking to the HR Department Head of the BPO company, I suddenly felt as if a heavy load was lifted from me. After coming home, I did plan to open up my allnurses account but decided not to as a thought came over me that I'll just succumb to being miserable again cause I was afraid that people might see my resignation in a different context.

So what I did after resigning was to self-review on my IELTS exam, look all around the internet and referrals on possible openings abroad that can accept my credentials, submit resumes to hospitals and other research companies, and take on activities that will take my mind off on what is happening to me. To cut the story short, I took my IELTS exam (and I was thinking to myself then that I performed poorly and would not achieve an all 7s) and celebrated the holidays without thinking much of what happened.

And much to my surprise things started to become better somewhat. Just this Monday, I received my IELTS exam and got more than I could ask for. I got an overall band score of 8 and had two 9s in 2 of the 4 individual exams. And right after updating my resumes online to include my IELTS, 2 agencies called me for requirements completion & assessment and also for initial interviews. For 2 consecutive days (yesterday and today) I underwent 2 interviews for nursing positions abroad. And guess what? I passed both and I am scheduled for the final interview with the employer! :)

I think things are starting to look positive and I hope these will be the start of something new for me. I do not like to overly keep my hopes up but I do WISH that everything will fall into place. I'm still unemployed but I engage myself in freelance activities. I hope to land a local nursing related job soon but I do hope better to finally land this dream of becoming a nurse abroad. Amidst all these, something struck me just today. And you know what that is? I decided to open up my allnurses account just to look back at this thread and the first thing I read was your post and it hit me. What you said was the same thing my friend told me (about being happy and miserable) and it gave me a renewed sense that everything happens for a reason.

Thank you very much sir. :) all the best for us! (sorry for the dramatic and loooooong comment hehe)

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Very inspiring. Kudos.:D

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