New Grad Question--pls help!

Posted
by newgradme (New) New

I need advice, I'm sorry this is long, but here's my story,

I graduated in May 2014, and moved to a new state in Sept. Before I got to the state, I applied to a nurse residency program at the research/magnet hospital that doesn't start on feb 2015.

When we got here in Sept, I decided to apply to another hospital, and I was able to secure a new grad position at the HCA hospital. Before I started, I was called for interview for the new residency program (I went because I haven't started the HCA orientation and I just wanted to try it out, plus this was where I want to be).

I was offered a position at the new residency program at the research/magnet hospital in Nov., and I am still doing orientation at HCA. I feel like my job at HCA isn't that secure because it's a new floor and it the floor might close down soon due to low census (this might just be a rumor), plus my preceptor is also a new grad, but has been here since Aug.

My question is how do tell my manager without burning bridges? I know there are a ton of answers in regards to this on AN, but I am a very confuse new grad.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks all.

iPink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Postpartum. Has 9 years experience. 1,414 Posts

Your preceptor is a new grad and has been working on the unit since August (four months ago)? Despite it being a new floor, there aren't any experienced nurses that could have precepted the new grads?

Have a meeting with your manager and tell them that you realized the unit isnt' the right fit. Thank them for the opportunity and give them a 2 weeks notice (if that's what the policy requires). They still may put you on the "do not rehire list" because you are leaving during orientation.

Congrats on being offered the position you wanted and best of luck!

VANurse2010

Has 6 years experience. 1,526 Posts

Here's a tip: HCA sucks. It's a for-profit company and exists to protect the interests of its shareholders, not its patients. You'd be better off in a teaching hospital or a non-profit private hospital system.

icuRNmaggie, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, CICU. Has 24 years experience. 1,970 Posts

What VA Nurse said. HCA is the worst of the worst. Do what ipink said and be thankful that it's over.

newgradme

3 Posts

Your preceptor is a new grad and has been working on the unit since August (four months ago)? Despite it being a new floor, there aren't any experienced nurses that could have precepted the new grads?

ThANks so much, ipink, i did 3 wks on days orientation with an experienced nurse, but i didn't have a choice for nights.

I will definitely consider your advice.

newgradme

3 Posts

Thanks VA nurse & icuRNmaggie, i really appreciate the advices. We just moved and didn't have a lot of info on HCA, i should have done my homework :(.

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience. 3,677 Posts

Thanks VA nurse & icuRNmaggie, i really appreciate the advices. We just moved and didn't have a lot of info on HCA, i should have done my homework :(.

It's hard to know when you're moving to a new area, and even then, if you're not in healthcare, you don't always know. There's one hospital system that does hire new grads around here, but they are NOTORIOUS within the healthcare community for treating employees like ^*(*^*&. Most of the classmates I had that went to work there had NO idea, and are all miserable now. I've been in healthcare locally for a long time, so I knew not to apply there (of course I eventually did break down just to get my foot into acute care, and I may have a promising lead). Every nurse I know that works for them (I know nurses at 4 of their hospitals) all have nothing but negative things to say about it. Someone coming in from out of the area or someone who doesn't know a lot of people that work for them would have NO idea going in that this would be the case.