Help, wanting to leave job within 6 month of hire


Hello all,

so I started a new job 6 months ago in a pediatric ICU and CVICU, which I enjoyed for about 3 weeks. However I quickly realized this was not the place for me, actually to be frank about the situation I absolutely hate it. I am not a new grad by the way. The attitude and the behavior of staff nurses on the unit is ridiculous. I seriously cry coming into work and I am sooooo depressed ever since I started here. I also worked with peds in the past on med surg and loved my job, but I know that I always wanted and still do ICU. Anyway I really always wanted the NICU, rather then the PICU/CVICU, but took it for the critical care experience. like I said I hate this place my life is miserable and I have never hated a job or the people I work with this much in my life. They are negative and talk about all the new people as we can all hear it. Anyway yesterday I was offered a NICU position at my previous hospital, and I really want to take it sooooo badly, but I am terrified of how this will look with my current job. I know that I will never want to work at this hospital again because the problem isn't just the ICU it's the hospital, my friends works on peds med/surg and she is also very depressed and trying to find new employment, Except she is a new grad. What do you all think I should do?? And if I take the NICU position I know I will be there for ever because it's my dream job, but how should I quit without burning any bridges. The nursing world as we know is small as in people know each other and I would hate to ruin my reputation.


Lev, MSN, RN, NP

8 Articles; 2,803 Posts

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner. Has 10 years experience.

Take the NICU job... Work there for many years and have a wonderful career. 6 months at one job won't kill your resume. You do what is best for you and your mental health. I'd say take the opportunity while you have it!


309 Posts

Agree with lev. If you are already offered the nicu job that oppurtunity might not come by again for a while.


145 Posts

Specializes in ICU. Has 5 years experience.

Dont push urself into a unit that ur not happy especially if dont have a good environment into ur workplace. Grab the opportunity for Nicu. :)


195 Posts

Lol I'm about to quit a job I've worked at for a WEEK! For a couple reasons, a chick I hated, HATED, works there. I also was offered full time employment making 3.21 more an hour somewhere else.

Ehh... It happens. 6 months isn't that terrible though.


27 Posts

Specializes in Telemetry/PCU. Has 3 years experience.

The fact you already have a job offer is fine. Leave the place you hate and work at the new place, specially if it is somewhere you will want to be for a long time then it really doesn't matter.


162 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg, Perinatal, Endoscopy, IVF Lab.

Oh this one is easy.... take the NICU job!!!

klone, MSN, RN

14,490 Posts

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.

Give 2 weeks' notice and don't badmouth the facility or your manager. And then take the other job with a clear conscience!


901 Posts

Specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health.

Give two weeks notice immediately and take the position that is a better fit. If I were in your position I would not even hesitate.


479 Posts

Specializes in Cardiac, ER, Pediatrics, Corrections.

take the NICU job! I was at my old job for 2 months before I left for my dream job!


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Take the NICU job! As said before, give two weeks and be outta there!! Congratulations!!!!

Specializes in Critical Care.

What are you waiting for, go ahead and take the NICU job. I wouldn't worry about your other job, you are probably still in the orientation phase and not everyone is cut out for it and they are aware of that going in. Where I work if nurses aren't doing well or just not comfortable with ICU they are offered other floor jobs. If it ever comes up in the future, I would just say it wasn't a good fit, skip the hating and negativity part. Why waste one more minute being miserable when you have a better job offer in front of you. Snap it up already before someone else does!

Good Luck!