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I quit my first nursing job after 2 weeks

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by moomin moomin, LPN (New) New Nurse Student

moomin has 1 years experience as a LPN and specializes in LVN.

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I am a recent LVN graduate and got my first job at a long term care facility and ended up quitting after only 2 weeks! I quit because I didn't feel ready to be on the floor alone and I didn't feel like it was the right place for me. I felt like my license was at risk. I was supposed to have a longer orientation but they pulled a fast one on me and threw me out on the hardest station alone. It felt dangerous and extremely stressful. The orientation I had placed me around to different stations, which made it even harder. I was so overwhelmed and stressed that I had to quit without even putting in a 2 weeks notice. I am very disappointed and depressed that my first nursing job turned out this way. I am worried that this bad experience and me quitting will affect my future opportunities of getting hired. I have applied to a couple places but left this last job off of my resume because I was only there 2 weeks. I would appreciate any advice about how to address this bad experience with future employers. I don't have any family members or friends in the nursing field so any advice would help. Will the last job show up on a background check if I only worked there 2 weeks? Was it a bad idea of me to quit without a 2 weeks notice considering I was supposed to still be in orientation and was just thrown out on the floor? It was "at will" employment and in the employee handbook it stated that both the employee and employer are free at anytime, with or without notice and with or without cause, to end the employment relationship. I am really upset and stressed about all of this and worried about how it will affect my future opportunities. I hope I am just overthinking the whole thing and it won't be as bad as I am thinking. Any words of wisdom would be very much appreciated at this time.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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You were wise to trust your gut instincts. The situation was not safe for your license, or the patients. These kinds of facilities only want  a licensed nurse in the building so they can bill the insurance companies and medicare.

" the employee handbook it stated that both the employee and employer are free at anytime, with or without notice and with or without cause, to end the employment relationship. "  Absolutely true. You can leave without notice.  In the future.. if it is even brought up... all you have to do is explain " it was not a good fit". I would leave it off my resume. This is a do-over.

Best of luck with your next position... you have learned a lot from this.

 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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All new grads stress out. That being said LTC is notorious for poor orientation and abysmal staffing. Not sure if what you went through is "normal" (and would get better with time) or extra-awful and worth getting away from.

What kind of expectations did you have about work?

Also, "at will" employment doesn't mean that the employer can't put you on a "no-hire" list for that company. Are they a large employer with multiple facilities? If so, you might not be eligible to work at any of them.

re: the license at risk factor- A lot of people talk about that, but if you search similar posts on AN you'll find responses from experienced nurses that have NEVER seen anyone lose their license due to unsafe staffing...

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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Sometimes you just have to run away screaming.  There are LTC facilities like the one you described.  They threw you in to sink or swim and you jumped out before you sank.  That's the chance they take operating like that.

Now go find a job at a reputable place.  In your interview tell them that your orientation had been shortened and you felt unable to provide safe care.  Discuss a proper orientation so that you can feel ready to perform to the standards the patients deserve.

Anyone who doesn't hire you based on that is just outing themselves as another pit.  Good luck.

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