On the Job only 1 week and want to leave!

  1. I accepted a new position and started Monday of this week and after the first day realized that I had made a HUGE mistake and that there was no way in heck that I would ever like or be happy at this job. BUT I agreed to give it the week and by today (Friday) I am convinced that this job IS NOT FOR ME. By lunchtime today I was convinced that I did not want to come back to this job! I called my former employer on my lunch break and she agreed that I could come back to my old position (which I was at for 4 years). So, I decided to let my nurse manager know right away before I went home today. WELL, guess what? when I returned from break I was informed that she had already left for the day (mind you she is orienting me) and she never even said goodbye, have a nice weekend, or so, how was your first week? I was planning to tell her that I had mad a mistake and was relinquishing my position. Now what do I do? I have not intention of showing up on Monday morning and I have no way of getting a hold of her other than a voice mailbox in her office telling her that I am quitting and dropping my badge and parking pass in the mail! What should I do?? 2 weeks notice is ridiculous for a job that I only worked at for one week!! Is leaving a voicemail utterly tacky? I feel like she left me no other options. I don't care about a reference from this place - I have plenty of others and I would never list this employer on an application anyway. :uhoh21:
    Last edit by SweetieRN on Apr 21, '07
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  3. by   AlisonBSN
    Do you have her home or cell number? If so, I'd leave her a message saying that it's very important that she call you back. If she doesn't call back, then I guess I'd leave a message. It may be tacky, but if you're ready to put that experience behind you anyways, then maybe it's just something that has to be done, you know? It's not like you need a reference from them, and they're not depending on you since you're still orienting.
    Good luck.
  4. by   P_RN
    Is there an administrator on call? Or a supervisor, or a nurse manager in another unit. Otherwise try to call and if no leave word with the charge nurse that you will not be on the schedule as of ________. I would keep my peace as to why because stories tend to expand wildly.
  5. by   Tweety
    I'm not sure what kind of facility you in, but is there a staffer, charge nurse or someone to tell so your hours are covered? Or was next week still orientation?

    You do what you have to do. Good luck!
  6. by   hirami
    If you are really unhappy you must do what is in your best interest. I would leave a voice mail. She wasn't being considerate to you when she up and left for the day. She can find a replacement........Good Luck!
  7. by   Tiwi
    I am unfamiliar with your system, however is there someone senior to this lady that is not ward based? Could you notify them?
  8. by   hirami
    All you have to do is contact the facility in question and just ask who is her superior. Explain your situation to him/her. I'm pretty sure someone can relay the message to the nurse manager. Don't stess yourself too much. This really is a simple problem.
  9. by   JaneyW
    I do not fault you at all for not staying longer--you would be wasting their time and yours. But, don't make the mistake of not listing the employment on a future job app. It will show up on your background check and could cost you a future job that you really want! You would just have to give an explanation as to why it worked out that way. It actually looks better that you only stayed a week and went back to your old employer (who obviously wanted you back!) than to not list it and look like you are hiding something. JMO. Good luck!
  10. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Buring bridges is bad and this could still backfire on you even if you do not use this place as a reference. Just be professional and do what you need too.

    Sweetooth
  11. by   Altra
    Quote from SweetieRN
    I accepted a new position (M-F) and started Monday of this week and after the first day realized that I had made a HUGE mistake and that there was no way in heck that I would ever like or be happy at this job. BUT I agreed to give it the week and by today (Friday) I am convinced that this job IS NOT FOR ME. By lunchtime today I was convinced that I did not want to come back to this job! I called my former employer on my lunch break and she agreed that I could come back to my old position (which I was at for 4 years). So, I decided to let my nurse manager know right away before I went home today. WELL, guess what? when I returned from break I was informed that she had already left for the day (mind you she is orienting me) and she never even said goodbye, have a nice weekend, or so, how was your first week? I was planning to tell her that I had mad a mistake and was relinquishing my position. Now what do I do? I have not intention of showing up on Monday morning and I have no way of getting a hold of her other than a voice mailbox in her office telling her that I am quitting and dropping my badge and parking pass in the mail! What should I do?? 2 weeks notice is ridiculous for a job that I only worked at for one week!! Is leaving a voicemail utterly tacky? I feel like she left me no other options. I don't care about a reference from this place - I have plenty of others and I would never list this employer on an application anyway. :uhoh21:
    Was this an office position (I'm just guessing, w/the M-F schedule)? If so and there's no one reachable over the weekend, I'd leave a voice mail saying only that I wouldn't be in on Monday morning, and that you will call her promptly at whatever time is the start of business.

    Then do it. Call promptly, have your "speech" prepared, leaving out any/all negative stuff, just stating that you've changed your mind & are returning to your former position. No details, don't get sucked into a "discussion" about why. "Personal reasons" is a great catch-all term. State that you are returning your badge by mail (certified mail would cost you a couple bucks but would be a nice gesture), and ask is there anything else you need to do to tie up loose ends. Be sure to thank her for the time she spent with you, say something nice if you can about the practice/office/whatever. And that's where I'd end it.

    Good luck to you.
  12. by   Kanani_Ikike
    Quote from JaneyW
    I do not fault you at all for not staying longer--you would be wasting their time and yours. But, don't make the mistake of not listing the employment on a future job app. It will show up on your background check and could cost you a future job that you really want! You would just have to give an explanation as to why it worked out that way. It actually looks better that you only stayed a week and went back to your old employer (who obviously wanted you back!) than to not list it and look like you are hiding something. JMO. Good luck!
    I don't think that the employment info shows up on background check unless they do a very thorough check, which is very expensive. The reason I know is because I have, in the past, and still do omit jobs that I feel that I wouldn't get a good recommendation for. And I have never been denied a job when my background check came back. As far as I know, they only do the least thorough background check, which is often a criminal background check. That way, they'll be covered against negligent hiring of a criminal. Other than that. These people really don't check things out that thoroughly. If they did, then I wouldn't have had all the jobs I've had and still be able to get hired time and time again. The only job I feel they really investigate you on is a gov't job. They pull all the punches.
  13. by   justme1972
    That is what a probationary period is for.

    If you can't get old of her, then call the next level of management up and keep going until you get ahold of someone.

    You are right...two week's notice is ridiculous.

    I agree with what you are doing...I started a new job a few years ago and realized 3 DAYS into it that I had made a horrible mistake...it happens! I was determined to make it work, but after a month I went from hating it to crying every day I left.

    One day, when my twins were only 11 months old, I had come home from a horrendous day and they were just being babies, but they were getting into things and I screamed at them over something stupid...the fear across those kid's eyes....it burned in my memory..I picked up my babies, kissed them to death, said I was sorry. I couldn't believe I snapped like that.

    I started right away putting in job applications, and when I had an interview, I just called in...I didn't care if they fired me b/c I would just collect unemployment...I finally found an excellent job and was very happy until it was time for me to quit and go back to school. When I quit the hell hole I didn't even put in a notice, I just sent them an e-mail. I could have cared less about the reference.

    40 hours and up is TOO LONG to spend somewhere, where you are miserable! Leaving that job made me a better mother, wife, and individual.

    YOU GO GIRL! AND GOOD LUCK!
    Last edit by justme1972 on Apr 21, '07

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