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Resign first or wait until I find out if I'm fired?

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calliope26 has 5 years experience and specializes in Med Surg.

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I've been told I have a meeting with my supervisor and HR tomorrow, so I'm anticipating the worst, but not 100% positive I'll get fired.  My supervisor could not really give me a lot of information, so, do I hand in a letter before they have a chance to fire me?  I am supposed to work a 30 day notice, so I've written a letter reflecting that, with the usual thanks for the "opportunity."  The one reason I am so hesitant, is I want to hear them out.  I know of no reason I should be fired, there have been no incidents at work that I am aware of.  Advice please!

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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I think it's interesting that you automatically assume you are going to be fired, yet you can't think of any reason why you would be fired? That makes no sense. Are you wanting to resign simply to preempt the firing, or are you wanting to resign because you are unhappy in your job?

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kakamegamama specializes in MCH,NICU,NNsy,Educ,Village Nursing.

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In some states you cannot receive unemployment if you quit. So, take that into account.  Don't assume the worst, if you have no disciplinary actions , such as verbal or written warnings, in your file.

Hearing them out sounds like a good idea.  Who knows----you may be offered a great opportunity, that if you quit, you will miss out on!  

 

I wish you the best!

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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28 minutes ago, klone said:

I think it's interesting that you automatically assume you are going to be fired

Calliope and I belong to the same club, klone, and it's called called "The Pessimists"!

Like I've said before, "I leave work each Monday morning believing I'll be fired for something I did or didn't do during the weekend and every Friday I come into work to find my name on the schedule".

27 minutes ago, kakamegamama said:

In some states you cannot receive unemployment if you quit.

Good point, kakamegamma. I've been fired three times in my nursing career and won unemployment benefits two out of the three times,

Once again, as I've said before, "I would have won the termination contestment the third time had I not said to my supervisor, 'Go ahead- fire me!' ".

The adjudicator said, "You cannot tell your supervisor to fire you and contest it when he does!"

Good luck to you, calliope. And please, let us know how this comes out, you pessimistic kindred spirit, you!

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Crash_Cart has 11 years experience and specializes in ER OR LTC Code Blue Trauma Dog.

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Maybe they are doing an employee performance review, random drug testing or other such HR policy nonsense. 

 

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calliope26 has 5 years experience and specializes in Med Surg.

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Klone, I have be counseled on one issue, but that was 7 months ago, and I have had great feedback since then.  I am being deliberately vague, I realize, but this is a public forum.  Certain things about my job make me unhappy, but I am mostly very satisfied.  I've put a lot of effort into improving, and thought I was successful at that.

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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4 minutes ago, Crash_Cart said:

Maybe they are doing an employee performance review, random drug testing or other such HR policy nonsense. 

 

Jeez, Crash_Cart! 

Where's the drama in that?

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calliope26 has 5 years experience and specializes in Med Surg.

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Kakamegamma, tone of voice didn't match, and it's not a random UDS.  Thanks for the good wishes!

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calliope26 has 5 years experience and specializes in Med Surg.

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Yes, Daveydo, plan for the worst and hope for the best!  Thanks!

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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Just now, calliope26 said:

Yes, Daveydo, plan for the worst and hope for the best!  Thanks!

I think I'm in love...

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canoehead has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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If you don't know what you've done, its possible they have someone else on the block and they want to question you about an incident.

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15 minutes ago, canoehead said:

If you don't know what you've done, its possible they have someone else on the block and they want to question you about an incident.

Hope for this.  Too bad someone, like your manager, won't give you a heads up.  If they were looking out for you or had your best interests in mind, they could give you the opportunity to walk in there to hand in the resignation instead of getting a termination.  But you can guess the individual is mindful of liability issues in case you would not take a termination lying down.  Good luck.

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