First, let me preface by saying that I love the advice given on this site, which is why I hope I can find the answer(s) I'm looking for. I have found myself in a pickle. I'm a new grad nurse (3 months in) and I just finished up orientation. I truly do love the hospital that I am working at and the unit I am on. I believe that they produce great nurses and they have truly done a lot for me. With that being said, a close family member of mine has recently ran into serious health issues. So much so that it has put her out of work. This family member lives two states away and I have been doing my best to help out. I work 3 nightshifts back to back and once done, I hop into my car and drive 5hrs to help out on my off days. Unfortunately, this has become pretty unsustainable for me. At this point, I really don't have a life and sadly my family doesn't have enough money to pay for a CNA or the like to help out. In addition, this family member has a litany of emotional issues. Thankfully, my presence home seems to assuage the emotional issues. As it stands, I have applied and have an interview set up at a hospital in that area where the family member lives. That family member works there and knows the staff, so I'm 90% sure that I am going to get that job. The unit I am applying to has had two job postings for months now that haven't been filled. They literally scheduled my interview before I even turned an application in, so I am fairly confidant that I am going to get the job regardless of my experience.
More than likely, I am going to have to move to be closer to family and help out with care and finances. Unfortunately I have hit two major road blocks. My unit is hurting right now for staff. Veteran nurses are leaving left and right for various reasons, and I really don't want to add to that strain. In addition, because I had no plans of moving anytime soon, I recently signed a lease for an apartment in the area that I am currently living right now, which still has another 8 months left on it. I guess my question is that I really don't know how to go about putting my notice in if I get this job. I would love nothing more than to give my unit ample notice (4 weeks), but since I am fresh out of orientation, the last thing I would want is for my manager to accept my notice, but tell me I can't work anymore. Sadly, if I'm stuck with this apartment for a while, I'm going to need the funds to pay it off until my next job starts, which could take a while because getting a license in the area I'm moving to is not easy. My question is, should I still give a months notice or just give a two weeks notice to try to accumulate as much money as I can before I possibly make this move? Also, if anyone has any experience in getting out of leases, I would love to hear what you have to say. As I stated, my family is hurting financially right now, so I'm not in a position to pay for this apartment and send money to them as well. Thank you everyone and I hopefully with the shared knowledge and wisdom on this site, I can find the answers I need to hear.