How to leave first job

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Hi everyone. I am a new grad who is in a sticky situation. I applied to both hospital A and hospital B at the beginning of May.

I accepted a job at hospital A two weeks after applying. So far, I have completed one week of corporate/hospital orientation & one day on the unit. Hospital A is much more rural, pays significantly less, is 50 minutes away, has a shorter orientation & has a higher patient to nurse ratios.

Hospital B just 8 minutes away, pays much better and has an official "new grad" residency program, which they just interview for. I was offered a spot. I will definitely be moving to Hospital B.

So my question is, what should I say to my manager at hospital A? How should I phrase my letter of resignation? And when I see my manager in person and she asks me for more details about why I'm leaving (which she will), how do I answer professionally? I just don't want to burn any bridges. Thank you!

Specializes in Vascular Access, Infusion Therapy.

Tell her immediately and be totally honest and open with her and I would even tell her what you are being offered. She needs the feedback so that they can adjust their own employee incentives so that they are more competitive. She will appreciate that you tell her now so that she does not waste anymore money on training you that she will not recoup. Offer them 2 weeks but be open about that you would be willing to resign immediately so that they do not waste money.

See what she does, hell maybe she will counter your offer.

Emergent, RN

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Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

Tell 'em , sorry, you guys suck compared to the other place that wants to hire me. Not only is it closer, but it's better than your crappy joint. You people are LOSERS!

BusiestBSN

151 Posts

Tell 'em , sorry, you guys suck compared to the other place that wants to hire me. Not only is it closer, but it's better than your crappy joint. You people are LOSERS!

Would love to say that, but I prefer not to be escorted off the premises.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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Specializes in Med-Surg, NICU. Has 8 years experience.

There is no way you won't end up burning bridges, so you might as well suck it up and be prepared to be blacklisted if you take hospital B's offer. Write a nice resignation letter thanking them for the opportunity but due to extenuating circumstances, you will no longer be available to work after such and such date.

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CICU. Has 24 years experience.

I would resign immediately via email followed by a brief letter sent by USPS.

Do not waste your time or theirs by returning for another day of orientation.

I would caution you that healthcare is a small small world. Do not share with anyone that you have accepted another position. Your current manager could take this personally and harm your chances of employment at the larger hospital.

Frankly I think you have dodged a bullet. Many rural hospitals have become very subpar in the last five years or so in terms of ratios, wages, medical ethics and the quality of care.

BusiestBSN

151 Posts

ThePrincessBride, I realize I will be stepping on someone's toes but am hoping to still handle this situation professionally.

icuRNmaggie, I think that is part of the reason I decided to interview at Hospital B. We spent time on the unit during the hospital orientation & I saw a lack of resources/diminished quality of care.

Has 33 years experience.

You received two offers, the timing was just not right for you. Of course you need to take the better offer.

Completing hospital orientation and one day on the unit should not lock you into that employment.

A quick note.."Thank you for the opportunity. I have a better offer." Should suffice.

Best of luck,let us know how it's going.

Has 33 years experience.
Tell 'em , sorry, you guys suck compared to the other place that wants to hire me. Not only is it closer, but it's better than your crappy joint. You people are LOSERS!

:roflmao:If only political correctness was not a requirement... would be suhweet.

BusiestBSN

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Update: It was awkward, as expected. I didn't even need to finish the shift.

But, on to better things!