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Quitting first job after just starting

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by lvalja lvalja, ASN, RN (New Member) New Member Nurse

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I graduated nursing school Summer 2018, but had two tragic things happen to me shortly after. I took the NCLEX anyway for the date I had already planned and of course failed at 265 questions. I took time to get myself together and studied with a tutor the entire time. I finally passed with 75 questions in February and landed my first job recently.

Shortly after landing my first job, I had a medical emergency that requires bedrest.

At this point, my husband told me to quit and take care of myself. I can probably start hunting for jobs again in January 2020. That would be about a year and 7 months since I graduated and 10 months since passing boards. My question is how much would this affect me in the long run? I’m afraid of struggling to find another job. I’m thinking of working on my BSN online during this time just so I’m not losing knowledge. I still want to keep my brain in nursing mode. 

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I am also a new RN, but I have 2 suggestions for you.  You identified the first option already by considering to continue going for your BSN during your recovery period.  It will keep you busy and also make any gap in work history easily explainable and will help you once you re-enter the workforce.  My other suggestion would be to acquire part-time work-from-home employment.  There are work-from-home positions and I know new grads can acquire them.  Some of the RN's from the class ahead of me were hired by insurance companies to review cases and they did so working from home.  I don't know the details of their work or how to acquire it, but do research that type of employment.  Unless your situation requires total bed rest and you cannot handle the workload, I suggest looking into work-from-home type gigs until you are able to do return to you previous job if you choose to.

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MissRN_Dior is a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg,Tele,ICU-Step Down, LTAC.

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I think that working on your BSN is a wonderful idea! That can help with the employment gap on your resume. Like the previous post writer stated working from home is a option and if wanting to work in a different manner try working with  a home health agency that will allow you to create your who schedule which would be   Convenient  to you and your family. So many options in Nursing:) 

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