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New Grad nurse @SNF...now on verge of quitting.

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I'm struggling with a similar issue. I graduated in December, applied everywhere but only a nursing home called me back. They offered me a PRN job, which I took, and a week later I interviewed at a hospital. Before even starting my first day of orientation at the nursing home, I was offered a full-time job at the hospital (which I accepted). Now I've done 8 shifts at the nursing home, I strongly dislike it, and want to resign. Similar issues from other people, short-cuts I'm not comfortable with, not enough time for the residents, being taken off orientation after 10 shifts but still not able to do everything unless I stay an extra 2 hours...Some people tell me to stick it out, I only have to work like one day a week PRN, but honestly I never had such awful anxiety at the hospital for my preceptorship. My hospital job starts in one week, and I honestly don't see any positives to keeping the nursing home PRN position, other than the fact I've only been there 3 weeks. However, since I have the hospital starting soon, I just don't see the point in staying somewhere that could put my license at risk and that gives me almost panic-attacks...I'm fully aware there will be issues ANYWHERE since I'm a new grad, I have a lot to learn and there will always be unpleasantness associated with nursing. That being said, this doesn't feel right for me.

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to camo angel: keep the prn job until your 90 day at the hospital are well over, here is why i say that...like you, i was offered a job at a snf and hospital at the same time. i decided for the extra money 2 keep the snf job part time. i had an EASY preceptorship at the hospital as it was midnights. about 3 days before my 90 days i was told i was not a good fit and i was asked to resign, huh?

i was friends with the wife of a manager there in the hospital. after i quit i was having dinner with them and told them what happened. they said, oh it had nothing to do with you, they rarely keep new grads, the floors bring them on and let the "Education Department" pay their wages because they have the money allocated for that for 90 days etc. then they use the new nurses to meet nursing hour quotas during busy times of the year. right before they have to start taking money from the funds of the unit they are actually working on, they tell them they don't need them or it is a bad fit and the new nurse-fearing being fired will quit. i personally was even told what to write on my resignation letter! I was told to say I had "personal and family matters to attend to and was not able to maintain my employment at this time." I was so clueless that i did as i was told. i am glad i kept my SNF job as I have been there ever since. I have also worked part time at a Dr's office. I still like the SNF best and they appreciate me as I have been there so long! believe me, ya can't make this stuff up!

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Overworked and underpaid. How is California nurses happy over this

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Hi, I know this thread is 5 yrs old. I'm an RN new grad and having a hard time finding a hospital job like most of my classmates. I don't mind starting in a SNF/Rehab/ Post-Acute, but the nurse-patient ratio is just NOT SAFE AT ALL. I want to be a part of a change where someday the patient-ratio will be reduced to a level that nurses wont have to worry about risking their licenses.

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