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Do I get payed for orientation If I decided to not accept the offer?

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by Solnce1981 Solnce1981 (Member)

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Please would you advise me if I am going to be payed for 2 weeks of training if after this time I decided to not accept the offer for a nursing position?

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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Not accepting an offer implies you haven't yet started. What you describe is quitting. And yes, you should be paid for any time spent on the unit, even if it was just training/orientation.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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Your time as a professional will be paid. I got fired after two weeks of orientation.. because I did not smile enough. Got the boot.. but got my two weeks pay. Best wishes in your next position.

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Your time as a professional will be paid. I got fired after two weeks of orientation.. because I did not smile enough. Got the boot.. but got my two weeks pay. Best wishes in your next position.

Wow! Sounds like you dodged a bullet there.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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Wow! Sounds like you dodged a bullet there.

Sure did. Went on to agency and travel nursing. Ended up working from home with a sweet 401 K. Change is hard... but worth it.

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GaryRay has 10 years experience and works as a Radiology.

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I'm guessing you mean you are still in your "probational period" and don't think the job is a good fit. Yep they have to pay you for the work you did even if it is orientation. This is why a lot of jobs don't let you accrue PTO until after that period is over, if you leave they don't want to have to pay you for your PTO also. If it is a big hospital system I would take the time to hit up HR and see if you can transfer to another unit rather than quite all together though.

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llg has 40 years experience as a PhD, RN and works as a Nursing Professional Development + Academic Facult.

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However ... I can think of an exception or two that would lead you to not be paid. So, don't assume anything. Be sure you understand the terms of anything you agree to do.

For example ... An employer might offer a "free training program" ... and if you pass the training program, you might be offered a job. In a case like that, you are not actually hired until after you have completed the free training program. Make sure that is not the case with your situation and don't just assume anything. Once you are officially hired, then you will be paid for the time. But if you have not been officially hired and you are taking their class for free, they don't have to pay you.

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llg has 40 years experience as a PhD, RN and works as a Nursing Professional Development + Academic Facult.

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People usually get paid during orientation, but there can be exceptions. If you are actually employed by the organization, then yes, you would get paid. But if you are doing some sort of "free training" or "observation of the setting in order to make up your mind," then you might not technically be an employee and you might not get paid.

It all depends on the terms under which you will be doing the training ("orientation"). Will you technically be an "employee" or not at that time?

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OMG are you me?? I was at orientation and the nurse manager complained that i didn't smile enough. I didn't get fired, ended up quitting but still pretty bad. Imagine expecting someone to take on the strenuous role of a nurse and be angry at them for not smiling 24/7! Yikes!!

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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