Dear Nurse Beth,
I started a new job at a Children's Hospital a little over a month ago. I am realizing it's really not the area I want to be in (vascular access), I would rather work in one of the ICUs or ER, but unfortunately their policy is you have to be there a year before you can switch, and I am not sure I can tolerate this toxic environment for that long. I plan on applying for other jobs ,should I include this job on my resume, or leave it off and explain things in the interview?
Dear in Toxic Environment,
You don't say what is so intolerable about your job that you want to leave after one month. it's possible that if you give it more time, your perspective may change. The benefit of staying is that you establish a work history while learning new skills you can take to your next job.
Job applications require you to list all previous jobs, so leaving it off would be falsifying a job application. Never say anything negative about a previous employer in an interview, give a short answer and segue to the positive.
The best way to approach a short tenure in a job interview
is to say "It wasn't a good fit and I'm looking forward to practicing in an organization that shares my values and goals".
Again, consider re-considering. Once I was in a job where I was bullied. I dreaded going to work and started applying elsewhere. One day, I had had enough and called this other nurse out. I told her in no uncertain terms to knock it off.
expected what happened next- we began to work well together and even socialized after work. I learned so many valuable lessons about myself and about the nature of bullies during that very difficult situation.
Sometimes difficult situations are opportunities for growth and skill-building. Talk with someone you trust to make sure you are making the best decision for you.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!