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Resigning during or right after orientation, advice please

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Hello, this is the first time I've ever really posted so I'm hoping this is in the right spot.

I started a new job 8 weeks ago, with 2 weeks left of orientation and I don't like it at all. It was not what I expected from the interview and it's not what I wanted to be doing. I'm on an IMC unit, which was supposed to have ICU beds as well but they got rid of them for the pandemic and have no plans to get them back.

The majority of the patients I have had so far are straight up rude and nasty. I've been yelled at, cursed at, and threatened to be hit with things more in these past few weeks than my entire 4 years of nursing. And they're A&OX4 🙂 I spoke with one of my preceptors and she said that's just how that unit seems to be and most people leave it within 6-12 months, that was her last shift too.

I love the company and I love my coworkers but I literally dread going into work, and have since about my 2nd week on the floor. It's about an hour drive and I don't think I realized how rough that was going to be either.

I was going to talk to my boss this morning about my options but I'm worried if I tell her I'm thinking about leaving that she may just tell me to go and I won't be eligible for rehire with the company. 

My question is, anyone have experience with resigning during or right after orientation and being made eligible for rehire at a later date? I don't want to burn bridges but I literally get anxiety about going to work. I know I can't do this for 4 more months. Thank you!

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I’m sorry to say that it is a reasonable assumption that you will be “not eligible for rehire” should you resign. I would find a new job first, then resign, with the thought in mind that you are burning a bridge depending on how long you tough it out. Take a deep breath before each shift and after. Tell yourself “paycheck” and put that day behind you. Best you can do until you find something better.

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Thank you! I'm still PRN at my last job and am able to go back full time if I wanted so I've basically already got a job lined up. I just don't want to burn that bridge if I can help it. 

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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Surprised that you received a 10 week orientation. But... you ARE still on orientation. Should be no problem to explain your reason for leaving is the unit is not a good fit for you.

It is up to the manager if you are eligible for rehire.

Good luck.

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Thanks! Yeah, some units get even more than that! I'm honestly surprised I've actually been given the full orientation, most places I've worked cut everything short due to short staffing. It is a great company I believe.

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Can u transfer to another unit in the hospital since you are still on orientation? Might be a lot easier being that you aren’t considered in the staffing right now

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speedynurse is a RN, EMT-P and specializes in ER.

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On 5/5/2020 at 4:50 PM, Michelle_11_ said:

Hello, this is the first time I've ever really posted so I'm hoping this is in the right spot.

I started a new job 8 weeks ago, with 2 weeks left of orientation and I don't like it at all. It was not what I expected from the interview and it's not what I wanted to be doing. I'm on an IMC unit, which was supposed to have ICU beds as well but they got rid of them for the pandemic and have no plans to get them back.

The majority of the patients I have had so far are straight up rude and nasty. I've been yelled at, cursed at, and threatened to be hit with things more in these past few weeks than my entire 4 years of nursing. And they're A&OX4 🙂 I spoke with one of my preceptors and she said that's just how that unit seems to be and most people leave it within 6-12 months, that was her last shift too.

I love the company and I love my coworkers but I literally dread going into work, and have since about my 2nd week on the floor. It's about an hour drive and I don't think I realized how rough that was going to be either.

I was going to talk to my boss this morning about my options but I'm worried if I tell her I'm thinking about leaving that she may just tell me to go and I won't be eligible for rehire with the company. 

My question is, anyone have experience with resigning during or right after orientation and being made eligible for rehire at a later date? I don't want to burn bridges but I literally get anxiety about going to work. I know I can't do this for 4 more months. Thank you!

Usually there is some leeway if you are still on orientation period. Honestly - if you have another job lined up, then do you even need to worry about burning bridges? Sometimes things don’t work out and just leave it at that. 

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JadedCPN has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU.

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On 5/6/2020 at 3:18 AM, Michelle_11_ said:

Thanks! Yeah, some units get even more than that! I'm honestly surprised I've actually been given the full orientation, most places I've worked cut everything short due to short staffing. It is a great company I believe.

If it truly is a great company, which can be hard to come by, then look into alternative options within the company before burning that bridge.

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I talked with my nurse supervisor there and she said during the first 6 months you cannot transfer to another department, and when you do transfer, the 6 months probation period starts over.

If someone leaves during the first 6 months they can only be rehired after proving a full time job for 1 year and a positive recommendation from that job.

I've pretty much decided to leave. I'm supposed to talk with my nurse supervisor and my other manager Friday morning to give them my decision. She was super open and understanding when I talked with her and said as long as I give the full 2 weeks notice, she would make sure I was hireable in the future according to their policy.

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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I think you were smart to talk to your supervisor and explain what you are struggling with.  It would have been a raw deal for them had they put time and money into a whole orientation just to have you bolt.

I don't think this move will hurt you at all, career-wise.  Best wishes.

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