Enjoy your extended vacation
Im not a nurse yet - but I remember leaving old jobs and it's always so hard! Like you said - the nice thing about nursing is you can still hang out PRN. From what I've seen at my facility prior staff are usually welcomed in with open arms! We've had several that have left for greener pastures (I think it's just the nature of the profession - there are good opportunities out there and everyone is looking for the next better thing - plus sometimes just a change of scenery to keep things fresh) and they still work PRN a few times a month.
We had one nurse recently leave for a "better" position and HATED it. The floor welcomed him back no problem! lol No hard feelings there.
I am personally struggling with this idea where I intern. I've made great friends with the nurses, CNAs, unit sec on the floor. I've been there 7 months and will be there 11 months when I graduate. They want me to stay, but some of the nurses will say "girl if I was a new grad..I'd go to xyz hospital" because it's better staffing and benefits. Part of me feels I should try where it's better staffing. But then I've become friends with this staff, know their personalities, know I can ask any one of them for help as a new grad, the managers treat me well, charge nurses treat me well, I feel I have the respect of the CNAs - it's almost like I would feel I betrayed them if I left for another job. Of course I know if I didn't like the new job I could probably very easily go back to my current place.
My husband says "honey - you make friends everywhere you work" which is true, but it's always hard to leave. Especially where you had your first real experience I think.
Hopefully you'll just love your new place - can do some occasional PRN at your old place - and double your friends and opportunities