Hi everyone! :spin: Since I am still relatively new as far as nurses go, hopefully some of you seasoned veterans can answer this for me.
I recently applied to a hospital that I have previously worked for. (Same hospital but different unit). I worked for them as a summer student nurse extern, and then as a RN in the Med-Surg-Neuro ICU for about 6 months after graduation. (the new unit I've applied for is a Neuro unit so I have had a little experience in that area)
I then found a Monday-Friday education job at a hospital closer to home which I eagerly took. I gave my two weeks notice at my old job and offered to stay for longer than that if needed. I had a good work record and was never disciplined for anything. I left on good terms with everyone.
The education job fell through, my hours have been cut in half, and here I am eight months later kicking myself for leaving my hospital job.
So the question is, since I was previously employed at that hospital and left, will that hurt my chances of getting this new job on the different unit? Will they be afraid to rehire someone who stayed for only 6 months after graduation? Any insight or your experience with similar situations would be appreciated!
Jan 2, '07
It could hurt, or not. It's worth pursuing, however. If they need people bad enough, and you left on good terms I think you have a good chance. Also, it helps that you have some experience - they appreciate that more than a new grad they have to train from scratch. You're cheaper to train!
Just explain to your new prospective employer why you left, what happened with your new job. etc. Have some good reason for why you want to work in this new unit as opposed to going back to your old one - like you enjoyed working with Neuro patients and want to work more with that patient population, or you want a new challenge or something. Also, your prospective manager will probably talk to your old manager, but if you left on good terms you should be OK. Just to be safe, I'd apply at other hospitals too just as a back-up. Good luck!
By the way - I went to Purdue also, but for my first degree in Communications. I graduated from IU for my nursing degree. I know - I went to the dark side! I would have gone to Purdue, but they didn't have an accelerated program.
Last edit by anne74 on Jan 2, '07
Jan 2, '07
Quote from JBudd
Alirae, most places will let you take a leave of absence, unless you are taking emploment somewhere else. Volunteer work usually doesn't count as employment.
I'd be working as a nurse, but it'll be on a boat and as a volunteer, so that would qualify, right? (Assuming everything goes according to plan...) I didn't know about a leave of absence - I'll have to check that out. Thanks!
Quote from anne74
Plus, it's not like you're leaving to follow the Grateful Dead or something. You're doing something to enhance your medical skills - valuable skills you can take back and contribute to your unit.
Tee Hee. I'm just picturing the looks on their faces if I told them that's what I was planning to do! Maybe I'll start with that, and they'll be so relieved when I tell them it's really just for nursing that they'll say okay with happy hearts. =)
Last edit by AliRae on Jan 2, '07
: Reason: i wasn't paying attention