Can you quit during orientation and still be on good terms?

  1. I've been in orientation for a new job for a few weeks now, at a job I'm "okay" with but It's a midnight shift and I'm not sure how I will do with that.

    Now, I have another job opportunity, and I'm really having a hard time with this. I'm afraid that if I decide to take the second new-er job, that I might regret it and really mess up the job I have now.

    The major differences are is midnights in LTC, the other is M-F days in psych.

    I'm thinking the psych would be alot less demanding, and I've worked psych before as an aid. The "nursing" was cake compared to what I do and put up with in LTC.

    Is there any way to leave during orientation and still be on good terms with a company??? I don't have to decide until later next week.

    Anyone know how to handle this, or has it happened to you before?
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  3. by   Wise Woman RN
    Do what you feel is right for you... listen to your heart... That's the only advice I can give you.... Life is too short be unhappy in your job... Good luck.
  4. by   debi49
    What are some details about the psych job. Since its m-f days Im assuming it's not a it a clinic or a residential treatment center or some place that doesnt require 24/7 nursing????PM me if you dont want to give details on the board. Ive worked in almost every psych setting imaginable.

    Do you like the job you have now? Can you see yourself on night shift long term.? SOme like it, so prefer normal weekday schedule. I did night shift for years, but am now happy to be m-f no w/e no holidays.

    Dont stay at your current job out of obligation. I think most facilitys assume they will take a loss on a percentage of new hires. But make sure you have a firm offer in the second place before giving up a sure thing.
  5. by   caliotter3
    People leave jobs and are able to go back to the same employer all the time. Yet others might not look favorably upon you if you want to come back or they might not talk about your stay there in a favorable light. You have no way of knowing what will happen and should not worry about it if you feel that you will be happier at the other job. Just do what you feel you must do in order to be satisfied with your work. If you don't, you will be unhappy and second guessing yourself. Just make sure that you give proper notice and work out your notice as they require. You can also consider asking to stay on in a PRN status if you want to preserve your standing. There are people who lessen the blow of leaving a job by doing this. It serves to keep your foot in that door. Think about this possibility. It might be right for you. Good luck in whichever job situation you choose.
  6. by   Jules A
    I agree and from my standpoint I'd much prefer a nurse quits as soon as they realize it isn't their cup of tea. I can't count the number of times we've spent a lot of time training someone and kind of felt like our unit wasn't a good fit for them. It has almost always ended with no call/no show or someone calling out sick a few days and then quitting. Not cool either way, imo. Be up front as soon as you know a job isn't for you and hopefully your employer will respect your candor. Good luck!
  7. by   Jo Dirt
    I got a job at Saint Thomas Hospital and had to quit on the third day of orientation because my baby wasn't taking to the bottle and he was having a hard time being away from me.

    My husband actually called the nurse manager and she came and pulled me out of orientation. She was very understanding and told me to come back when the baby was older.

    I think you have to go about it the right way but it can happen.
  8. by   leosasha
    I have left orientation 3 seperate times at a leading hospital in this country and they will still accept me back. Make sure you give two weeks notice. Would reccomend giving the option of you staying and being paid for training that will not be used at the facility. As for me, I have little intention of trying a fourth round. They would have to get it together on some grand scale.
  9. by   Candycornrocks
    I think that the place where you are working would rather you go now. Be honest with them, it never hurts. Follow your heart. Nurses have so many options- do what YOU want to do!
  10. by   leosasha
    Have no idea what the place you work is thinking just know that it would be great to be on the same page in case you would like reconsideration for future employment. One manager got miffed at me because I left without a two week notice and put me on the DNR list. Had to talk to HR to get that straighted out.