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How long to stay at a job you don't like?

Specializes in ER.

What is the proper length of time to stay at a job you don't like? 6 months? 1 year? Do you think a future nurse manager would look poorly on an RN that was out of the nursing field (but a health-related field) for a year?

It depends.

If lives are at serious risk, if you are being pushed into unsafe practice, or you are so miserable you cannot function, then give your notice right away.

Make a quick escape from anything illegal or dangerous.

If you just don't like the job, then give them one year if you are a new grad. With one year, you will be considered an "experienced" nurse and have more job options open to you.

When you have more options available, your chances of landing a job you like are better.

PAERRN20

Specializes in ER.

I have 3+ years RN experience. I took a case management job in the private sector and it is not going to work out long term for me. I'd like to go back to the acute care setting. I thought I'd stay 6 months and them make an exit. Is that reasonable?

NurseJessRN

Specializes in Emergency.

If you dont like the job and you have given it a decent chance, then you should start to find new employment and when found, put your 2 weeks in. No reason on wasting your time, or the time and money of your employer. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do with it!

Aha OP, I blew out of a private sector CM position myself.

PAERRN20

Specializes in ER.

Aha OP, I blew out of a private sector CM position myself.

I knew the pay was lower going in but the hassel of the job is not worth it. I'd rather be working 3 nights a week and be done with it then the 9-5 headache this job is.

I have 3+ years RN experience. I took a case management job in the private sector and it is not going to work out long term for me. I'd like to go back to the acute care setting. I thought I'd stay 6 months and them make an exit. Is that reasonable?

In that case, I wouldn't wait six months. I'd start applying right now to get back to acute care while your clinical experience is still "current"

Prepare a great interview response to why you wanted to leave acute care and why/what's changed prompting you to want to return. Just stay focused on the positives of returning to acute care vs negatives of case management and you should be fine.

I hear ya. Mine ended up being many long days and nights the co was totally not managed well. Poor relationships with physicians and hospitals. Train wreck. If it had been good, I might have stayed. But, of course not, right?!

I have 3+ years RN experience. I took a case management job in the private sector and it is not going to work out long term for me. I'd like to go back to the acute care setting. I thought I'd stay 6 months and them make an exit. Is that reasonable?

If it's not going to work I'd look for another job in acute care ASAP. Why waste 6 months if you have other options?

Ruas61, BSN, RN

Specializes in MDS/ UR.

I always say give it 6 months in general circumstances. Anything extraordinary ASAP.

I think they are used to the obtuse positive stuff. Say, you missed the hands on patient care and found that you just dont feel like you were doing what you were meant to be doing as a nurse not being a part of acute care. You could say that you had thought that this other job would add to your skills as a nurse, but instead it's all charting and researching and you miss not being totally involved in direct patient care. If there were fundamental management problems, eg poor relationships between the co you were at and facilities, and you felt your hands were tied... say it. With that you can go into why the new place attracted you, what things they have that the other lacks, and why you must work for a co like the new one. That way you don't seem so flighty, you want out for a valid reason.

DLS_PMHNP, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in Psychiatry.

Life is too short to not enjoy what you do with it!

:yeah:

BrookeeLou_RN

Specializes in Home health was tops, 2nd was L&D.

As in all honesty your current job is not adding to your skills, I would think it would be in your best interest to start looking. Wanting hands-on when many are looking for opposite should help you. Best of luck:redbeathe

Chin up

Specializes in Med surg, LTC, Administration.

If you want to work acute care, start looking now. Then you can quit when hired. I would not stay in a job, another day, if I did not have too. Learned that the hard way, almost had a stroke, literally. Peace!

SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr.

learned that the hard way, almost had a stroke, literally. peace!

wow... i know a nurse that actually had a tia on the job! the irony is he was working a stroke floor at the time and was admitted to the floor he worked (at his insistence). within 24 hours he was up and "working" the floor in his hospital gown. he blamed his ex-wife rather than the job. :uhoh3: good for you for seeing the signs.

I have been out for two years and no one has said anything.

I think the answer is whatever is best for you.

My coworker and friend passed a half an hour after he got home at 8a. after a hard night shift. My coworker did not feel well and was worried about his attendance policy. Needless to say...that was a hard blow to deal with when I returned the next night and my friend was not there. I was running late for shift that nite because there was a gridlock on the highway. When I walked into the report room...I knew something was wrong. It was terrible. I do not want to ever deal with a situation like that again nor wish this on someone else. Just a thought that still breaks my heart.

Aellasmagick

Specializes in PICU, NICU, Pediatric Float Pool.

There are too many jobs out there to stay at one that does not make you happy. Good luck finding what you are really looking for!

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN.

As long as it takes to find a better one.

I'm looking for opinions here too…Is this considered "extraordinary circumstances"? I was assaulted in my first ER position this past July (and only just started this past May so technically I am still on orientation) and am cleared to begin back to work this October (Fractured radius with 7 screws and a plate and a fractured ulna). I wouldn't say I am suffering from PTSD (I believe that I have a good handle on why it happened….sick people loose control sometimes and sometimes people get hurt). I am to having nightmares about my first shift back...being assigned only the psych patients…and these patients getting out of control and no one hearing my requests for help. I know consciously that this won't happen and try to laugh it off but I am seriously feeling as though my facility isn't safe (no security in the main ER). Prior to getting my license, I worked for 8 years as a paramedic in both urban and suburban areas and have never felt "unsafe". I've always felt that ER nursing was the direction for me. Landing my first job in the ER was a dream come true and I'm trying not to let this patient/event change my perspective on my new career. The logical person that I am feels that I should at least get my first shift over with and then see how I feel. If I decide afterwards that I am simply not able to continue there, do you think an interviewing manager would see me as a bad risk for hiring? I go over in my head "I am leaving my current position because I just don't feel safe in my facility after being assaulted by a patient" and I sound unstable even to myself!! We all know the risks of nursing (as unacceptable as being attacked is - it happens). Just looking for insight from you all.

Thanks!!

Edited by cheri1859

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