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Forced Resignation, Now What?

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

I started my first nursing job in November. Had some struggles with time management and committed two medical errors, both of which were near misses that were caught. Earlier this month, my supervisor offered me the option to resign rather than be terminated, which I think was forced resignation. I resigned because thought I could find a job on a slower paced unit. Now I am being told that because of my issues with medication, HR department cannot place me in another unit at the hospital. Also, after trying to find outpatient jobs, a lot of them require clinical experience. Can you please tell me where I can look to find a new job?

Dear Forced Resignation,

You did the right thing to resign, because they would have terminated you otherwise. "Resigned" previous employment is better than "Terminated" previous employment on a job application. You can alway say "It wasn't a good fit" when asked.

You have less than 6 months acute care experience and need a slower paced environment. Most all inpatient units are fast paced, and you don't say what unit you were working in.

It's not uncommon for a new grad to start out in ICU and ED, only to find out that it's not a good fit. Some hospitals will wisely try to find a better fit with more support and an extended orientation to help a new grad get a good start and retain their employee.

At only 4-5 months in, it's not always possible to predict if a new grad will be successful given the right environment and support. I have seen new grads in ED transfer to a MedSurg unit and flourish. 

In your case, apply to another hospital in a different specialty area. That might be MedSurg, Postpartum, or GI Lab. If you want to work acute care, it's important to land a job as soon as possible as a gap in employment is not to your benefit.

Another alternative is skilled nursing. You would gain your basic nursing skills, have a job, and establish a work history.

Best wishes, 

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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RegisterednurseRN02 has 3 years experience as a RN.

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I am going through the same thing. I did not last long in the ER as a new grad. I did not get enough training or support and it lead me to leave within 4 weeks of orientation. I did not have a choice. It was not working out and the hospital would not budge or hear me out as to the WHYs...I had terrible preceptor experiences. I tried to stick around but it was not going to happen so I am going to do skilled nursing most likely to get my bearings and experience. I think the hospital is too much for me right now. No one wants to slow it down a notch it seems in that environment. I am just not ready for it. 

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