Resigned with a text message!

  1. I am still in shock! I work for a small hospice company (average census 15-20). Call is usually very quiet, pts RARELY call for anything in the evenings or w/e. Last month, management decided to hire a w/e on call RN to give the regular staff w/e off w/o being attached to a phone. Fulltimers still rotate call Monday through Thursday.

    The RN (5 + years of experience) had 3 weeks of training and was oncall for 2w/e with all nurses on standby incase someone called and she had any questions. This past Thursday, she sent a text message to our DON resigning effective immediately. When our DON called her back, she said she thought she'd have some structure....not just hanging around waiting for the phone to ring.

    This position pays pretty darned good money, considering it's rare to be called out, and if a visit is made, they get per visit pay and mileage. Sure wish I was finished w/ my RN program, because I'd take that position in a heart beat. Anyone else ever have a nurse resign by text?
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  3. by   ErinS
    Good riddance! What a flaky thing to do...
    Last edit by ErinS on Jul 28, '11 : Reason: bad spelling
  4. by   Ginapixi
    and i thought i had heard and seen it all......
    where is that position open? just kidding - i like where i work and my coworkers!!!
  5. by   caliotter3
    Not to be her apologist, but at least she resigned.
  6. by   Noey67
    I have heard of a faxed resignation.. also email, but never text.. never.
  7. by   AtlantaRN
    Poor form..... What kind of structure did she expect for on call? I'm in my jammies watching "office space" w car full of supplies n ready to roll when phone rings....

    Texting resignation-poor form indeed.
  8. by   westieluv
    Tacky and irresponsible, although I guess it's better than just dropping off the face of the planet with no notice at all. If she was only doing on-call on the weekends it wouldn't have been a great hardship to her to give two weeks' notice, since it would have only amounted to a few more days of on-call shifts. Sheesh.

    I would hate to be her next employer.

    ETA: It was the very LACK of structure that I enjoyed about being on-call! Every shift was guaranteed to be unique, and I could unwind at home with my family and get paid for it. What's not to love about that?
  9. by   heathert_kc
    As irresponsible and frustrating as that is, it is one of those things you can almost laugh about... mostly out of disbelief that a grown 'professional' would do such a thing. Working in long term care we had a part time weekend CNA who worked a full time job at a hotel during the week. She was very sweet, but incredibly slow. After receiving a promotion at her other job she started calling in a lot until I found a fax on a friday evening that she was resigning effective immediately and she was scheduled that weekend... I was in disbelief.

    Just a sign of the times i guess.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    to me, she sounded incredibly anxious, just waiting for that first call.
    she probably couldn't handle the anticipation.

    as for her exit, w/text being at the forefront of communication, she might be a sign of the times.