Originally posted by Noney
Making you resign from your current position is ridiculous. IMO
That would be like punishing you for bettering yourself. Why couldn't they hold the position?
Have you talked to your manager? Maybe she would consider not posting your job while you take the class. How long would it be?
In the long run it would benefit your unit.
This just seems like a crazy way to do things. It sounds like anytime a nurse at your hospital takes a class to learn more they are going to have to transfer to another unit. I bet the managers hope their nurse's don't take the class, just so they won't lose them to another unit.
Sorry I'm not communicating well. Let's say I want to take my hospital's critical care course, which is a three month course I believe that includes clinicals. It's a lateral transfer, so you have to "apply" (meaning if you haven't been written up, etc. they do a lateral transfer, no one I've ever heard of has been refused within house). Obviously if they invest three months pay and training in you they want you to move to critical care and not stay in med-surg. But you're not actually "quitting" you are transferring.
However, if I asked my manager to release me for three months to take that class, they probably would. I've heard of one other med-surg nurse that did that and then returned to med-surg. But there aren't many med-surg nurses wanting to take a critcal care internship and remain in med-surg.
I wouldn't waste my time doing that. I would transfer to the critical internship with the idea that it was time to move from med-surg to critical care.
I'm not quite ready to leave med-surg right now as I just started a new job and that wouldn't be fair to my manager. We're a new unit and she's a first time manager with two months experience, and I told her I'd be there for her. So that is why I am taking a course on my own time (which they will pay for.)
Am I making sense? I'm not taking critical care nursing for professional development. I'm taking it to become a critical care nurse within my own hospital, but want to do it slowly, at home online. When I get the critical care certificate in about a year's time, I present it to the ICU manager and she gives me a job, and puts me with a preceptor for 12 weeks or so. At that point I would have put in a year with my current manager and that's plenty.
Anyway, it's a done deal. I've registered and I begin on August 25th. I'm a quick thinker. I weighed out the pros and cons. And decided the college level critical care course over three semesters totally online is the best for me right now. Quick decision.
Thanks for the encouragement and feedback. I'm going to be needing a lot of it I feel.
Wish me luck!