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by nursetxaz nursetxaz (New) New Nurse

Has 3 years experience.

Hey guys! So I need advice on how to transition out of my unit. I dont know whether it is best to quit or try and talk to someone who can help me move units

Background: I've worked at the same hospital since I was a new grad. For the first year & 7 months I worked on a Med/surg unit and recently got a new job in the ICU. I have worked there for almost 3 months and basically I HATE it. I thought ICU was what I wanted but turns out I was very wrong.

I spoke with my manager about my feelings and she reassured me that everyone feels this way at first and that I should try and stick with it. However, I am pretty set that I would like to get out of this job. My dilemma is trying to figure out how to go about doing this -

I originally thought I would just put my 2 weeks in & then try to apply to new PCU jobs (at the same hospital or hospitals around within the same company) but I am worried that doing so will burn bridges within the company. Also worried that I won't be able to find jobs easily due to COVID.

My other thought is to try to find someone (who?) to talk to and bridge me into a PCU, which I know my hospital needs RN. I know I could talk to my current manager about this, which I will probably do, but I dont think I would be able to ask a favor of her to get me a PCU job after I tell her I'm quitting her floor.

Wondering what everyones thoughts/advice are to do. THANK YOU

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

2 hours ago, nursetxaz said:

Hey guys! So I need advice on how to transition out of my unit. I dont know whether it is best to quit or try and talk to someone who can help me move units

Background: I've worked at the same hospital since I was a new grad. For the first year & 7 months I worked on a Med/surg unit and recently got a new job in the ICU. I have worked there for almost 3 months and basically I HATE it. I thought ICU was what I wanted but turns out I was very wrong.

I spoke with my manager about my feelings and she reassured me that everyone feels this way at first and that I should try and stick with it. However, I am pretty set that I would like to get out of this job. My dilemma is trying to figure out how to go about doing this -

I originally thought I would just put my 2 weeks in & then try to apply to new PCU jobs (at the same hospital or hospitals around within the same company) but I am worried that doing so will burn bridges within the company. Also worried that I won't be able to find jobs easily due to COVID.

My other thought is to try to find someone (who?) to talk to and bridge me into a PCU, which I know my hospital needs RN. I know I could talk to my current manager about this, which I will probably do, but I dont think I would be able to ask a favor of her to get me a PCU job after I tell her I'm quitting her floor.

Wondering what everyones thoughts/advice are to do. THANK YOU

What do you hate about it, exactly? Don't leave without having something else lined up, for sure.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

You may not be able to transition to PCU at current hospital if you haven't worked the required amount of time. Check your employee handbook or talk to HR for a clearer picture. As @Sour Lemon noted, don't burn bridges, have a job lined up first

cardiacfreak, ADN

Specializes in Hospice.

Going from med surg to ICU can be tough. I always told new nurses that hated PCU to give it 6 months before making a decision.

When I left the hospital and started working hospice care, I hated it also, and thought often of quitting and going back to my old job. I was so lost and out of my element, I knew nothing about hospice, and quite frankly felt inadequate. I waited the 6 months and 3 years later I am still a hospice nurse and love it.