Dear Nurse Beth,
I just started as a nurse resident at a small community hospital. The managers, educators, and staff have all seemed very supportive and helpful so far and my new colleagues are just as supportive. However, I just received notice that I got accepted into a "big name" nurse residency program that begins in a couple months and am very inclined to take this offer.
1) If I were to quit my current nurse residency, how would I go about talking to my manager/preceptor about it? Ideally I'd like to continue to stay in my current position, up until right before the start date of the other program.
2) What comparisons should I be making when deciding between my current position and this seemingly greater opportunity I just received?
Quitting one residency for another residency is frowned upon. The facility has invested resources into you, and the spot you are about to vacate could have been filled by another.
Also residencies typically stipulate no acute care experience. Are you planning to disclose to the "big name" residency that you are currently in a residency?
Nursing is a small world and it's best not to burn bridges.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!