Hello everyone. Looking for some career advice here, especially from anyone that's been in my predicament before. Not looking for medical advice, just to be clear.
I've been working on a cardiac telemetry floor for about 7 months now, graduated May 2018. I have my ADN but I will have my BSN by fall of 2020. Job-wise, everything has been about as stressful as you'd expect for a newer nurse, but not too awful. I’ve received great feedback from my coworkers and manager alike, as well as recognition for patient satisfaction. The main stressors have been our patient population (often very wealthy, politically connected, or famous), the nature of cardiac tele, our understandably burnt-out day shifters, and the usual new nurse struggles.
I've been having some health issues more recently though. I've had some worsening back issues and the pain is beginning to push my limits. I also began having worsening migraines over the past 4 months or so with frequent nocturnal seizures that have been difficult to control while trying to tolerate the AED side effects. The migraines have started causing stroke-like symptoms in addition to losing sensation in my hands. It’s all been very overwhelming and it’s taking a lot out of me, especially with it being so new. I’ve had to call out twice since I began working here and I’m currently on short term disability. My PCP and neurologist have both expressed concern that my job may be aggravating my symptoms.
Being a new nurse with only my ADN, I know I'm fortunate to have this job, making this a difficult decision. We're trying a new treatment option before I resort to resigning. If I resign, I believe attempting to pursue a lower stress position (possibly psych?) may be in my best interest. FYI, I did not sign a contract requiring me to work a certain number of years here.
So, my questions are:
1. If I need to resign, how should I explain this to my manager? She is aware of my migraines since I am currently on short term disability. Is resigning before the year mark automatically putting me on bad terms with her, regardless?
2. What/how would I tell future employers about why I resigned?
3. Does a position in psychiatric nursing (inpatient most likely) seem like a better alternative? I shadowed a PMHNP and the DON back in nursing school so I am somewhat familiar with this setting. The DON did also offer to help me get a job back then...
4. What would anyone else realistically do in my situation?
If anyone else has gone through something similar, please let me know.