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Should I stay or should I go?


Hey everyone!

I am a nursing student and have less than a year and a half left to go (yay!). I am currently working at a local hospital in the registration department as a PRN employee. I am having some difficulty with this job because it is very stressful, I feel that they don't really support my nursing school career, and I get scheduled for very weird hours that send me further into exhaustion and don't allow for as much study time as I need. I am kind of venturing on the idea of either working for a staffing company as a CNA (I have heard they are very very good around here for working with nursing school schedules and pay between $15-$17 an hour) or even roughing it out and not working at all. I am just getting very burnt out on my job and I am to the point of when I am not in school, I am working which means I am not spending time with my young girls or getting enough study time in... I am doing well in school, but I am to the point where I just can't do it all (mentally or physically) and something has got to give. If nursing school or my girls started to be effected negatively because of my job in registration, I would never forgive myself. I am worn the heck down, my friends.

What I am asking is if I wanted to get rehired at the hospital I currently work at as a nurse, would that chance be very slim if I put my two weeks in? I just want to make sure I keep my opportunities open when I become a nurse and don't want to close any doors by throwing the towel in at my current job.

Thanks so much for any advice! You guys are great!

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Double check the resignation policy and make sure you only have to give two weeks notice. Some require more for various positions.

If you do resign, keep your letter short and sweet and to the point. Lots of great examples online, and you can always end with a line about keeping lines of communication open for future employment opportunities. CNA work can be great experience, I managed with 1-2 12 hour shifts once a week for most of school. Take care of yourself and do not fret too much if you do end up quitting. Self care is key to avoiding burnout.

If it were me, I would be afraid of ruining my future changes This is based on my observations over time. Can you decrease your availability somehow or cut a deal for continuity? Worth asking about.


Specializes in Medicine.

Could this hospital hire you on as a nurse once you're done school? If so it may be worth it to stay (but maybe cutting down on your hours) because it is easier to get a job as an internal applicant.

GraduateRN2016, BSN

Specializes in Pediatric, Med Surg Oncology. Has 5 years experience.

If it's too much for you, just quit and get your degree because in the long run it will pay off. I worked as a CMA for 5 years and had to resign to finish school. The same company rehired me. My first RN job. If they think you're a good worker they'll rehire you. Leave in good faith.