Dear Nurse Beth,
My friend just accepted a position at Hospital X. She received an interview at her "dream hospital" from Hospital Y after accepting the job at Hospital X. Hospital X lowballed her pay and is paying her less than what she is making at her current position.
The question is, if her dream hospital comes back at a higher pay, what is the best way to resign from Hospital X during orientation without getting "blackmarked"?
She's got 5 years of experience and is being sought after by her dream hospital. It's nice to be wanted, but the HR departments have been slow to respond as usual.
Dear Can My Friend be Blackmarked?
You can only control your own choices and actions, and not what an employer will or won't do. The thing is, you can't control whether or not a hospital will "blackmark" you for quitting during orientation.
Blackmarking can mean putting "not eligible for re-hire" as a termination status but that's usually intended for internal information only. Typically if another facility requests a reference, only the dates of employment and job title will be given.
There is no "best way to resign during Orientation" except to be honest and polite. Don't expect to be met with warm feelings because they are losing an employee they wanted, chose, and hired.
It also depends how far along she is in orientation. If she in in the first week of orientation, that's different than being in the 10th week of a residency or fellowship to a specialty area, for example. Even in the first week of orientation, the facility has invested time and money into the employee, but the investment increases as time goes on.
Remind your friend that she needs to look at the whole benefit package and not just hourly wages. One hospital may offer a dollar less an hour, but provide free insurance. Another hospital may offer more per hour, but have no tuition reimbursement or 401K.
If she does resign, the sooner the better. In the end, she has to make the best decision for her and one that aligns with her values.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!