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Need Job changing advice STAT

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I could really use some advice. I am new to this site and did not know who else to ask.. I have been an RN on a busy Med-Surg floor for almost 2 and a 1/2 years and and ready to move on. I became certified in med-surg in October 2007. I just applied for another position online within my hospital that I am very interested in.. Our career site says that we are to notify our boss that we are requesting a transfer to another position prior to interviewing for that position.. What if i tell my head RN and do not get hired, or will she block me from getting the job?? Do I look bad if i don't tell her and the potential hiring manager could call her anyways?? What should I do?? I really need some advice ASAP as I just applied.... I am currently well liked and a representative for my current floor..

Thanks so much!!

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 29 years experience.

You're probably not the first person to want to leave her unit. Med Surg is notorious for being a stepping stone to other areas. While she'll be sorry to loose you, think of yourself and what you need for your job satisfaction and go for it.

Most facilities have policies in place that allow for transfers. Usually if an employee is in good standing on one unit, qualifies for another unit and the unit accept them, the manager can't hold them back. Our policy is such that the manager can only hold up the transfer for 30 days and has to let you go.

This makes sense because otherwise the hospital runs the risk of loosing a good employee to another facility. I've transferred three times in my facility and I probably surely would have quit had they not allowed the transfers. Not once were the managers happy about me leaving, but not once did they, or could they since I was a good employee in good standing (no write ups). Thsi way I've gotten 15 years in the same facility.

Thank you for the reply. Not sure what our policy is but it does make sense to have one as I will certainly go to another facility if she blocked the transfer which would be a shame because I love working for my hospital. So when did you notify your manager that you applied for a transfer just of of curiousity??

Thanks again!!

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 29 years experience.

You're welcome. Good luck to you. Life is to short to be unhappy. I hope you get the position without hassle. I'm glad I was able to put in 15 years at this facility in a variety of jobs. The longevity is starting to have some benefits in pay and vacation time.

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