Quote from FreshRN05
Thank you very much for the great reply. Although I am considering job #2, I'm still opening the possibility that job #1 will try to match the other offer. My demand is simple, DAY SHIFT. I just really feel bad about turning them down because they waited for me ( I think) and reconsidered me after passing the board. When I was still working as a Grad Nurse at job #1, I tried asking for a day shift but I was told a couple of times that there was no opening for day shift in our department and then I asked the HR if I could transfer to another unit that had day shift opening but I was told that I have to wait 6 months in order to do a departmental transfer but I only worked for 2 months because of me failing the board the first time. So during the time that I was off work, I kept in touched with my DON and asked her if she will rehire me when I get my license and she said yes that's why I immediately notified her when I passed the board. She rehired me and now I'm in processing (background check, employee health...I have to start over with the processing and also those 2 months that I worked weren't counted towards my lenght of employment)..I again asked for a day shift but my DON said no opening and HR said I have to do my 6 months in Tele before I can transfer...So, even though I accepted the night shift with job #1, I went ahead and tried applying at job #2 to see if they have a better offer which they did. I am just frustrated that I got stuck in this situation. I don't want to lose both opportunities. Now when I notify job #1 of my decision, should I go directly to the HR or should I talk to the DON first???
Seems like you should go to the DON. HR only follows management's leads. Besides, you have had personal contact with the DON. If working days is your most important benchmark, be up front about that and see if it makes a difference. She may not have anything to offer you. Or she may be leery of giving you a day shift spot when others have been waiting and skipping over them might create hostility toward both of you.
All you can do is lay your cards on the table. You aren't trying to trick anyone into doing something they can't. You are trying to find a job that is compatible with the rest of your life. Many new nurses have to wait a long time for a day shift spot. If you have the chance for one sooner, do what you need to do.
The most important thing with the DON is to be honest, appreciative (stay gracious, even if she gets a bit snarky with you), and strong in your own skin. Based on the information you have offered, you have nothing to feel guilty about. You are only trying to find a position that works for you.
Let us know what happens.