I have been working as a PCT for about two months now at my local hospital. While I really appreciate the experience and I love that some of the nurses have been patient with me while I learn what I'm doing, I feel as though I need to quit.
Let me give you some background on this hospital:
Back in the day, this place was thriving, it had Peds, OB, Psych, Med/Surg, ICU the whole shabang. The economy fell and this county hospital was minutes away from closing its doors, so the doctors bought the hospital and have been fighting to keep it open for a few years now.
This hospital is the essence of unsafe.
Doctors send up ICU patients with insulin drips when we have no ICU unit and no ICU nurses. They send up children although we no longer have peds. We have admits that need gowns and pillows yet we have none so I am forced to run around an empty hospital hoping to God to find something for these patients. We have MRSA patients and yet not enough gowns to treat them so nurses are going into the room with nothing on. The other night our floor had no disinfectant and a patient peed on the scale, I was told to just leave it there and they will figure something out. I guarantee you, no one figured anything out.
The other day while I was drawing labs, I couldn't get blood on one of our MRSA patients so I asked the nurse to come help me. She walked in with nothing on and drew his blood with no gloves, nothing and then DIDN'T WASH HER HANDS.
I am tired of working somewhere that doesn't even follow basic contact isolation precautions, but I'm worried about quitting since this is my first medical job and I've only been here two months. I don't want that to look bad on my resume but I also don't want to be here anymore...
What do I do?!
Also, I've been thinking about writing my letter of resignation and giving it to the nurse manager, but she is so scatter brained that I know she just wouldn't say anything to anyone about it and then it would look like I quit without warning. Would I have to give a copy to HR and the Housing Director?
Or should I just stick it out?
I'm not super worried about finding another job, there are a lot of nursing homes around me that need CNAs (and pay a hell of a lot better than this place, where I only get 9.50 an hour), however I am worried that my leaving will make me look flaky.
I just don't know what to do.