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If you accept a job, stay at least a year


Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

I see a lot of people here, especially newer nurses, tell us that they got this cruddy job, and they are looking for their dream job. They will quit a job 2 months into it when said dream job comes up.

I just want to go on record here. I disapprove of that and feel like it's unprofessional. You wouldn't see other professions behave like that. Can you imagine an engineer or a lawyer, or any other of the real professions, taking a position, then quitting in 3 months to take another one. No, that is behavior of fast food workers and mini-mart employees.

I don't know why managers are even interested in nurses who do that. It's like dating a man who is cheating on his wife. Do you really think he's not going to eventually do that to you as well?

Maybe it would elevate the profession if nurses signed employment contracts like other professions do.

I hear people here complain that, 'I don't want to risk my license!' where they are now working. I think that's a bunch of hooey. They are trying to sugar coat their unprofessional decision to leave a job shortly after being trained with high and mighty hogwash. People don't lose their license for working in a less than stellar institution.

And there you have it, my two cents. :cool:

It's like dating a man who is cheating on his wife.
WRONG. It is not a family issue or a moral issue. It's called knowing employers in today's job market aren't going to be loyal to you either. Why should you be loyal to them? An employer where I live recently decided to lay off all nurses with 20+ years of experience to save $. What kind of loyalty is that? It should be reciprocated. I here of situations where employers do this all the time.

I disapprove of that and feel like it's unprofessional.
I don't think you're the authority on that, & I doubt these nurses care.

Thanks for your opinion. If someone accepts a job knowing full well they don't want it and will leave the place without adequate noticethe minute something better comes up, then in that case, I agree. What would you say to a person who as a new grad took a job, a job that involved caring for 25 patients, many of which had feeding tubes, pain pumps, wound vacs, and excruciating post-op hip or knee pain that wasn't looked after by most shifts (they were new too) and the ones that'd been working at this place didn't think much of giving one patient another's narcs. As in, they were 'diverting' to other patients rather than call the providers and get a new script. Left that up to the newbies on 2nd and 3rd shift. Oh, and 2-3 days of crappy training. ?? I understand your concept, but a lot of employers no longer treat employees professionally either. Who started it all? I don't know. But I reserve the right to leave a position that doesn't fit well with my ethics, morals, and level of professionalism (or that which I aspire to).


Has 6 years experience.

I left a job after not quite 3 months because I had a much better and closer and higher-paying job come up. The job I left was an hour and a half drive in traffic, pay to park, no breakroom so you had to eat downstairs in the hospital cafeteria, horrible staff to work with, and the pay was $13/hour. The job I took was 20 minutes from home, great coworkers, and $5/hour more. My very first nursing job fired me after 6 weeks, just saying that I was still in my 90-day probation period and didn't need to give me a reason, so it goes both ways.

I agree with the previous posters. It is immature and inconsiderate to accept and start a postion knowing full well you won't be around long (and not informing the employer at the time of hiring). Many companies invest a lot of time, resources and money into training new staff. However, there are also employers who hire starry-eyed new grads and fill them with empty promises. These new employees then begin their new job and soon realize they're working in an understaffed, unsafe, poorly run facility. In this case, I wouldn't feel the least bit guilty leaving regardless of how long I had been there. Everyone ultimately has to look out for themselves.

I respect your opinion, but that's all it is, an opinion. They're like belly buttons, everyone has got one.

Happy employees are better employees. I say if someone is unhappy enough to look for other jobs I don't want to work with them anyway, nor do I want them working for me if I'm the manager.


Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

The jobs won't keep you for a year if it doesn't suit them so I wouldn't feel bad about leaving before a year if something more ideal comes along.

People may say they will quit but it doesn't mean they follow through or actually land that "dream job" so quickly.


Specializes in Long term care.

Just want to as my 2 cents also. I left a job after 3 months, still kept my other job during this time that I've been at over 3 years. I learned the grass is not always greener on the other side. I appreciate my job now after going to another ltc facility and seeing how there are nursing homes out there that give nursing homes bad names. Staff coming in under the influence, understaffed, turnover in management in my short time being employed there, and narcs always coming up missing. Do I feel bad for not sticking it out a year? No. Not a place I want ties to when state walks through the door.

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Why not accept your dream job if it comes up? I don't understand how that's unprofessional if you're given a better opportunity.

If you offer me a years contract that states I can't be fired you got a deal.

If an employer treats me well, pays me fairly, and provides what I need to do a good job, I will stay. If they don't, I won't.

I've quit a job after one shift. Why stay when you can see from the get-go that it's an awful place to work?

I don't have time for that.


Specializes in ED, Cardiac-step down, tele, med surg.

I think it is generally wrong to accept a job that one does not have any intention on keeping for at least a year, but there are exceptions to this. Sometimes a person needs the money and takes a job that they hate and they do it to feed an clothe themselves and/or their families. Then they quit when a better one comes along and that they enjoy and can do their best work. There are always mitigating factors and most facilities are "at will" anyway, meaning they can and do terminate employees based on their needs. Thus, why is it any different when an employee terminates "at will"?

I think it is best if one knows the facility will put a lot of money into training and there isn't really a major issue going on, it is wrong to not give back to the facility by staying around for a while. If the workplace is legit and the employer is honest and treats their employees well, I think they deserve the same degree of loyalty. If there are shady happenings, then sometimes it's best to find somethings else to protect patients and our licenses. There was a really terrible facility I did an orientation in. It was a SNF and while there, I saw the degree of danger that I might have faced by staying, for residents and for my license. Nurses were buying alcohol out of their own pockets to use at the facility. Nurses were over ratio. It just wasn't safe. The facility was not a good place to work. I was out of that place fast. Under these circumstances, I do not have regrets for leaving while still on orientation.

casi, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

Emergent those rose-colored glasses look really nice on you.

I think the problem right now is you see a lot of nurses being pushed into crappy jobs in order to get "experience." These jobs don't respect or care for their workers. They give their nurses ridiculous work loads and then write up nurses for working overtime. Why should a nurse feel any loyalty towards them?


Has 6 years experience.

Emergent - I respect where you're coming from - I just don't think it's rooted in the reality of the modern workplace. It's everyone for themselves - nobody is going to have your back, least of all your employer.


Specializes in EDUCATION;HOMECARE;MATERNAL-CHILD; PSYCH. Has 25 years experience.

Emergent, I usually agree with you but not with this posting!

Traditionally, nurses bend backwards for their employers while their employers mistreat them. Since we spend most of our waking hours at work, I refuse to work in a place where I am used, degraded, not supported, violated emotionally and threatened.

I am one of those nurses who will not stay in an unfavorable working condition. I refuse to regret my professional life by sticking around to please other people while I suffer in every way.

When I graduated, I stayed in the first facility that hired me for only one day after orientation. WHY? Because I could have killed patients - The work load was horrendous and the support from leadership was non-existent. My assigned preceptor berated me in front of my co-workers and doctors. I was left alone to medicate patients. At one point, I complained to the manager who rudely told me that my preceptor had to go to a meeting. I did not know how I managed, but I did not kill anybody. I went home, called the manager and resigned immediately!

I did not regret that resignation because it made me into the nurse that I am today - dedicated, efficient and easy-to-get-along with. I see many nurses frustrated to the extent of abusing illicit substances or committing suicide because they want to be the "good, professional nurse."

Nurses, if you are miserable, DO NOT be afraid to change your life. DO not sacrifice yourself for unfair working conditions! Continue your education so that you can actually tell employers what you want, how much you want to make, and what to do with their job!


Specializes in ICU, PCU. Has 8 years experience.

When nurses are treated like professionals (i.e. lawyers and attorneys), then and only then would I expect them to treat their employment as professionals. As long as nurses are treated by employers like expendable, blue collar workers I have no problem with them responding to their employment as expendable, blue collar workers.

Mr. Murse

Specializes in critical care. Has 7 years experience.

WRONG. It is not a family issue or a moral issue. It's called knowing employers in today's job market aren't going to be loyal to you either. Why should you be loyal to them? An employer where I live recently decided to lay off all nurses with 20+ years of experience to save.

I hate this mentality. I'm loyal and try to give my best to anything that's worth spending the valuable hours of my life on. Work ethic is independent of your situation.

Now, by this I don't mean let the job run over you, there is big difference. If you are being mistreated then you have a right to stand up for yourself and do what needs to be done, but going in with the mentality of "they're doing it so I will too" is just pitiful.

So if your job went and jumped over a cliff would you do it too? ;) ha.

ArtClassRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 8 years experience.

I know a nurse, "Beth" who lost her license for working in a less than stellar institution. I know this because I worked there as a CNA.

One day during her shift, she found her med cart unlocked and a bunch of percocet missing. She reported it immediately, but she was sure she never left her med cart unlocked. She was fired, reported and had her license suspended by the BON.

A short time later, the manager of her floor no show/no called for an entire weekend. He had been on a bender. He tested positive for narcotics and he knew his only recourse was to admit he had a substance abuse problem and go into a rehab program instead of getting fired.

His desk was searched and a large amount of pills was found. Since he counted pills in an out, he was able to conceal much of his theft. He admitted stealing the percocet from Beth's med carts using the spare keys.

Beth asked the facility (a horrible SNF) to report the admission to the board.

They refused.

Anyone working for that facility needs to find another job immediately. A month, a week, a day after they are hired.

The entire OP is nonsense.