Switch jobs so soon??

  1. Alright, I need honest advice...don't worry you won't offend me.

    Here's my deal: Just moved to a new city, I've been a nurse a little over a year. I took this job thinking I would love it, but HATE it. I just don't like the patient population...it's not my thing apparently. I tried and tried to get a job in the OR before I moved, but nothing was available at the time. So...I took this job thinking It would be good experience for a year or so then I could move on. However, now I just don't think I can take it that long....A month more feels like it would be too long. I came home the other day crying and instantly began looking for jobs OUTSIDE of nursing, that's how bad it was.

    So I guess what I want to ask is....How bad is it going to look if I apply for these OR positions (there are several) after only being at my new job for a couple months. Will hiring managers even glance my way, or will they be scared off that I want to leave my job after only a few months.

    Any help, advice, or your experiences would be great!

    Thanks,
    FirePup
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  3. by   Spacklehead
    I think what you need to try and do is find a hospital that does OR internships. They usually take new grads or those nurses with less than a year's experience and train them in a didactic fashion (classroom/clinical) to work in the OR. They may pay less in the beginning (some do pay a regular RN rate), but then you will gain full-salary once you are finished with the program. Many of these programs do require work commitments of a year or more at their facilities.
  4. by   Todd SPN
    Why even mention you are working where you are presently? Do they have to know?
    Todd
  5. by   clee1
    Life is too short to be miserable. After all, it's only a job....

    Go for it! Pursue what you want. There is NO better time than the present.
  6. by   Larry77
    At my hospital you can't change positions for 6 months after starting a job...unless the manager that has you agrees to give you up. Also when you change positions you are able to switch back within 30 days if you change your mind.

    You might want to talk to HR and find out your policies on this topic...
    Larry
  7. by   FirePup
    Quote from Larry77
    At my hospital you can't change positions for 6 months after starting a job...unless the manager that has you agrees to give you up. Also when you change positions you are able to switch back within 30 days if you change your mind.

    You might want to talk to HR and find out your policies on this topic...
    Larry
    The jobs I have applied for are actually at another facility in town. I believe transfering at my current facility can happen after 120 days....thank you for that heads up though
  8. by   Larry77
    Quote from FirePup
    The jobs I have applied for are actually at another facility in town. I believe transfering at my current facility can happen after 120 days....thank you for that heads up though
    Oh, then go for it...no reason to waste your time putting in hours where you know you don't want to work when you could be putting in hours and building seniority at your new facility. If your current hospital has an HR dept your current manager probably wouldn't even know that you applied to other facilities because all they will do is verify employment with the HR dept (so I've been told, don't know first hand).
  9. by   Midwest4me
    If you've only been at your current job for a couple of months, why list/mention it? If asked by new employer what you've been doing the past couple of mos, you could 1) answer honestly and say the current position isn't a good fit, or 2) if you choose NOT to list the present job, explain the 2-month time period as "time off for family obligations"--yes, I know that, too, could be looked at negatively by some. You are obvious miserable enough to be looking OUTSIDE the nsg field, so do what you must to leave the current job. Good luck to you!

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