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  1. Ovarychiever

    Quitting without notice?

    Some background, I started a new job about a month and a half ago on a L&D unit in the city I recently moved to and I am ready to leave. This is not my first L&D job so I have some understanding on how units can run, that staffing isn't always compliant with AWHONN guidelines and that some OB/GYNs can be a bit demanding. But when I say this unit isn't safe I mean I am genuinely concerned for my patients safety every shift. This like my last job is high risk L&D and I've had 3 patients at times, all requiring either mag, insulin, pit, or all of the above, preterm etc. This unit also has very poor equipment, very basic L&D supplies are missing such as foley catheters, FSEs, SCDs every shift. I just came off of orientation and had a meeting with my educator and manager about how I'm feeling and when I expressed all of my concerns they seemed very receptive but were also forthcoming that the primary issue is staffing and that, they've had about 20 nurses come and go within the past year and are struggling to find new hires. They asked if I was planning on leaving and I told them I would take it day by day. I've always known I didn't want to do bedside long term, and I recently interviewed at a outpatient clinic and they want to move forward with me. It's my ideal job, better hours, the same pay, and far less stress. Unlike my current job which I interviewed for remotely (big regret), I was able to visit this new job and meet with staff and tour the facility. I definitely want to accept this new job but not sure how I should leave my current. I am still in the probationary period, and per hospital policy I don't have to give any notice and I have no accrued PTO as of yet so I don't need to be paid out. My fear is obviously burning a bridge by leaving without notice although I don't plan on returning to this hospital at any point, I feel done with bedside nursing. On the other hand I'm worried that if I put in a customary two weeks that I may be retaliated against by getting the worst assignments and as I mentioned earlier I fear about my patient's safety and the mere thought of anything bad happening scares me the most. The rest of the staff who are understandably tired of people coming and going have been open about doing this and I know my fear is unfortunately based in reality. I'm really not sure what to do. I know that if I put in 2 weeks they could let me go anyways which would be ideal for me but I doubt the management would, they've expressed they'll keep me as long as I want to stay. Thanks in advance for reading and providing your input.
  2. Emergent

    So Happy To Be Out Of Nursing

    Reasons why: Useless, tedious online education modules Chaos from COVID Lack of adequate staffing Hammering nurses with meaningless requirements Gaslighting by management Masks never going away Ridiculous accreditation efforts by ignorant regulators and management Mind numbing charting Neglect and disregard of wellbeing of frontline workers Escalation of above since Covid FYI, I have died and gone to job Heaven and will be starting my new job at the farm store in October. I have been promised no stress, and will not be required to wear a mask! Not only that, I'll get an employee discount!
  3. FolksBtrippin

    Quit Job and Now Accused of Abandonment

    I quit my job without notice. I had a very good reason to do that. I am a manager and not responsible for patient care. No one was abandoned. Everyone was safe. I sent an email about my resignation including my reasons and a higher up person (not a nurse) stated that my company would be filing a complaint with the board of nursing for patient abandonment because I did not give notice. I know it’s BS. But I want to hear from you if this has happened to you and how it played out. I already have a lawyer specializing in whistleblowers. Just need to hear from people who’ve been there and the moral support.
  4. Nurse Beth

    Nurses are Fleeing the Hospital

    Here are some conversations that are taking place at hospitals everywhere across the country. Do they sound familiar? “Did you hear Kim is leaving?” “Kim !?? Kim in Step down?? Nooo! You don’t mean Kim! She’s been here forever!” “Ya! and I hear 2 more step down nurses turned in their notice.” Nurses left behind while their colleagues and friends grieve the loss. Years, decades, even, of experience walk out the door, leaving those behind to pick up the slack and cope with working with an inexperienced workforce. Later on at the same hospital, at the evening command center safety huddle, it's reported that 28 nurses are out on leave. The educators in Staff Development are informed that 26 travelers are coming on Tuesday of this week, and must be onboarded. Where are all the nurses going? My sister works in a hospital across the country from me and nurses are running out of her hospital as well. “Where are they going?”, I ask. “Anywhere”, she says. “Just out of here.” Tipping Point It’s one thing to work hard and pull together for a national emergency. It’s another to work hard with no end in sight and to not feel valued. COVID was the tipping point. COVID took a stressed-out, unappreciated workforce and pushed it over the edge. Exhaustion coupled with unappreciation equals nurses talking with their feet. Conversations continue. “I saw the MedSurg manager taking care of patients this morning!.” “Seriously, did she even have Pyxis access? She hasn’t worked bedside in 8 years! How come the charge nurse isn’t taking patients instead?" “She is! She’s charge and has a full load.” Anger The boilerpot situation breeds deep frustration and anger...and anger wants a target. Staff who have worked at their hospital day in and day out, month after month, year after year, are orienting travelers making twice as much pay. Meanwhile, staff nurses’ phones are blowing up with requests begging them to stay later, come in earlier, and work on their days off. Nurses are angry at managers and Directors who are seen as out of touch and insensitive. Administration blames managers if their staff leave. “We all know employees leave or stay because of their managers.” Ironically administration rarely asks nurses themselves what it would take for them to stay. Brenda, an NP who loves ED medicine, is quitting and going to work in a plastics office because she can no longer tolerate the chaos. When COVID resurged with the Delta Variant, and the ED staff was stocking tents erected in the parking lot in 108 degree weather, she texted her manager to see about getting some flats of chilled bottled water for the staff. Her manager texted back she was out getting body work done on her car. Nurses are angry when work gets shifted to them from other departments. An out-of-ratio ICU RN caring for 3 ICU level patients with one patient alone on 4 different antibiotics went to the Pyxis only to discover that suddenly this morning, she has to mix and label her own antibiotics. She calls Pharmacy and is told, “It’s because we’re short-staffed”. Nurses are angry at patients who brought this on themselves. Nurses put their lives on the line once for over a year, but many aren’t willing to do it again for people who could have been vaccinated but chose not to. Lack of Trust Signs on patient doors say PAPR required for aerosol inducing procedures...what..? We aren’t routinely given PAPRs, just N95s! Is the sign wrong? Or is the practice wrong? Are we at risk? Why can’t we trust the information we’re given? Nurses are practicing in chaos with conflicting directions and changing guidelines. Discovering that they weren’t protected after all. There’s distrust in government agencies and hospital administrations. Leaving Begets Leaving “I heard 3 nurses turned in their notice on 7SE.” “Wow. Maybe I’ll quit, too.” Leaving is contagious. It starts as a trickle and ends up a flood. I’m not at all sure it’s possible to stop it midstream, but could it have been prevented? What do you think? Why are nurses quitting?
  5. Mississippi's nurses are resigning to protect themselves from Covid-19 burnout 'It feels like we're fighting an unwinnable war': Nurse on decision to resign.
  6. Hello, I'm new to All Nurses and I've been a nurse for 2 years and 2 months. Based on my title and the short time I've been nursing, you may be wondering "Why do you want to quit? You're just getting started". Well, I'll dive into the why. My first nursing position was in cardiac progressive care working mostly with VAT patients and post op day 2 and beyond CABG patients. I loved the new things I was seeing and participating in but it very quickly turned sour. First, my patient loads became way too heavy for a new grad nurse. I understand that they probably wanted to load me up at first since I'm new and quiet in order to boost my confidence and get me strong in my nursing skills but it never stopped being heavy/getting heavy. I began to notice that my fellow coworkers had a nice balanced patient team but I ALWAYS, without fail, had 4 of the sickest and meanest patients. I would get cussed out and yelled at nearly every single night. We always had to call security and have a group of people try to calm my patients down. My preceptor noticed that, after nearly a year at this job, my patient load had not changed and it still remained heavy every night I worked. They encouraged me to talk to management and I did, on multiple occasions, with no positive outcome. They always flipped it around as if it were my fault and asked me "Well, what can you do to make your job easier here?" I didn't understand how any of what was happening was my fault but that's when the self-blaming started. I began to think that maybe that was what nursing was supposed to be like and that all I was destined to encounter in my profession for the next 40+ years was being yelled at, cussed out and never treated like part of the team. I quit this job after 1 year and 5 months. I got tired of crying everyday and my family never understood so I felt so incredibly alone. My mental health and confidence was completely shattered by the end. I'm currently in the cardiac ICU, have been there for 7 months almost, love it some days but mostly wishing I had another position. I'm training for open heart recovery and I do enjoy that part to an extent. The greatest problem I'm facing with this new job is that I'm still carrying anxiety and fear from my old job with me every day that I get ready to work at my current position. I have panic attacks and leave my house as late as possible so I can try to calm down but it rarely ever works. Most nights, I'm so tensed up and on edge that I can't even answer simple questions that I know the answer too. Am I in the right profession? If so, how can I find the right nursing position that works for me? I just want to be treated fairly and not like scum by my patients. I've been looking for non-bedside options for awhile now because I'm tired of bedside nursing and not knowing what my patients will be like when I get to work since I've been screwed over so much in my last job.
  7. I just came asking for advice on a situation. There was a situation where a patient had to go the the ER and the nurse didn't assess the patient. This and most situations of this magnitude are swept under the rug. Many shady events have happened over this year, with COVID, and deaths that we've had. No one is held accountable for adverse outcomes. Heck, I don't know how many lawsuits came out of this. This is a very toxic environment, employees argue with each other even threatening others and being derogatory. I have been at this job for over a year, I was a new nurse so I took the position. Should I give a two weeks notice or should I quit? I can't see myself working or finishing a two weeks under these conditions. I don't know if I should stick it out. I fear retaliation, even though I didn't do anything wrong to the patient and that they will scrutinize me for the remainder of my notice and with as many patients as we have, it is easy to make a mistake even if it is minor. I am in a position where I can quit, but I don't know if it's a good idea. What are the consequences? Any thoughts?
  8. wideyedfreedom

    Quitting first RN job

    Hi, I am an RN who will have 1 year of experience come August in the ICU. I was an LPN for 3 years before working as an RN. I did my clinicals in ICU and thought it was going to be the place for me. My clinicals and practicum were in a smaller medical ICU, which now looking back is much different than where I work now. I work in a mixed Trauma, medical/surgical, and Neuro ICU with 40 beds. We also had a COVID ICU which I worked as well. I don’t hate the ICU, I love the learning and providing care to the ICU patient. I hate the stress, the anxiety, and the drama. My stress and anxiety is getting to the point where I dread going to work. I am constantly second guessing myself and my judgement. I hate when a patient has poor outcomes after my three days and constantly wondering if it’s something I did or didn’t do. My prior experience was working in a rehab for a year and a half and home health for a year and a half as an LPN. I really didn’t enjoy rehab, I didn’t mind home health and now looking back - I miss it. I miss being able to educate patients who were responsive and relationships I had with patients and families. I’ve been looking at other positions now that I’m coming to my 1 year mark- such as utilization review, case management for home health/hospice. I’m scared to quit and move on. ICU was my dream and I thought it was going to be my dream job. There are still parts of it that I really love and I feel like I am going to throw the opportunity away. Everyone says 1 year - it will be easier. But here I am at 1 year and I feel dumber than ever. it’s like the more I work and the more I learn the more I realize what I don’t know and it terrifies me. It stresses me out and makes my anxiety worse. I am in a two year new grad contract as well, so I will be breaking my contract and not sure if this hospital system would ever hire me back. I talked to my managers about going PRN and they said absolutely not, said I need to work on my mental health. I also worry that they wouldn’t give me a good reference either if I quit. We are always so short staffed and people are constantly coming and going on the unit. I also feel like I’ve jumped around a lot since becoming a nurse and I don’t want to look like a job hopper. Sometimes I wonder if nursing is even for me and I should do something else. The anxiety is driving me through the roof. I don’t know whether to stick it out longer or to jump ship. I just hope whatever I do, I really love and can stay for years. Any advice would be helpful.. thanks
  9. As nurses, it is inevitable that we will likely be required to provide care for patients and/or families who we don't necessarily enjoy interacting with. However, what happens when a certain patient and/or family makes work unbearable? When simply hearing this person's name makes you cringe and a good day (which is rare) means this person's name isn't even brought up, let alone involves an interaction with them? Have you ever left a job/position because one or more patients was too much to deal with? Have you ever encountered a patient/family who have impacted your life so negatively you question why you went into nursing at all? I have three families like this at my workplace right now. Fortunately, one patient is there for rehab services, so will hopefully be discharging soon. Unfortunately, the two other patients are long-term care patients, so will be there indefinitely. Both of them are in relatively good health, so it's likely they will be around for awhile. I am okay with the rehab patient, if only because I know he will be gone soon and future interactions with him will soon be nonexistent. The long-term care patients, however, are going to drive me up the wall until they're gone. Same with their families. I used to love long-term care patients, but these two individuals and their families make me feel otherwise. I haven't done an active job search for any positions elsewhere, but the negativity both of these patients have on my work day and quality of life in general has really made me want to look for a job elsewhere. They're not going anywhere any time soon, and I'm not sure if I can tolerate working with them for another year or more. Part of me does not wish to leave a workplace that I enjoyed before they came, and will enjoy after they're gone. Another part of me is tired of putting up with the negativity these individuals bring to the workplace on a daily basis, something I know they will continue to do. I am tired of their grievance forms, of their negative behaviors, of their false accusations and of their attitude that everything is about them. State has come in multiple times to visit our facility because of their complaints; the state inspectors have seen us more times in this one year than they did in all years prior to this year combined, prior to these patients admitting to us. I have a hard time focusing on other patients because these individuals are demanding of so much attention--and then are unsatisfied no matter what you do regardless. I know that not every day at work will be good, and not every patient will be pleasant. However, I am tired of the negativity these individuals constantly bring to my life, and want to be able to not dread going to work. Anyone else been in a similar position? Have YOU ever left a job because a patient and/or family member was too much to deal with and/or negatively impacted your quality of life?
  10. bluescrubs

    Bit Off More Than I Can Chew

    So currently I have 3 PRN jobs and 1 part time job at the hospital. One of the PRN jobs I'm going to put my 2 weeks in for various reasons. But a part time job and 2 PRN will still be too much for me. I've only been working at this hospital for 2 1/2 months and I've decided that just tired of beside. The only hospital job that I'm interested in is OR but that's such a hard specialty to get into right now. I told a coworker that I wanted to quit and he said since I'm jumping ship so early they might put me on a do not rehire list. My question is do you think they will do that if I keep it professional and put in my 2 weeks?
  11. Dear Nurse Beth, I'm a new grad nurse who took the first job offer I received. At the time there was hesitancy on my part to take it because of a gut feeling. I ended up talking with other nurses, friends and family all who said to take it because it was the only opportunity I had. If disliked it then I could transfer in a year. My gut feeling was correct and I'm not thrilled with my unit. I don't mind my coworkers, but I simply do not care for where I'm working. I have concerns about leadership, scheduling, and staffing grids, but I know those can happen anywhere. To top it off I'm struggling to adjust to nights, and find a social life outside of work. When I'm off work I feel like I need to be relearning patho, pharm, assessment, and watch skill videos. Each week I come home and I wonder if I should risk being blacklisted by getting a new job, or wait until I'm able to get a transfer. I have a month or less of orientation. I keep telling myself that isn't enough time to know if I truly like where I'm at. How can an indifferent new grad become excited about their unit? Right now I keep reminding myself this is a temporary stop to build a foundation. Dear Indifferent, This first year is challenging no matter where you work. There are so many adjustments and the learning curve is steep. Reality Shock is a real experience. Give yourself more time. Changing jobs right now could easily set you back in your transition from school to nursing. It takes a lot of energy to look for another job, interview, get hired and start orientation all over. Instead, channel that energy into your current practice. There is a risk of being blacklisted and there's no guarantee of a better workplace. The grass is not always greener. You could easily trade one set of problems/dissatisfactions for another. If one year seems too long in a place you don't love, tell yourself you'll stick it out 6 months and then re-evaluate. You can do 6 months. Meanwhile, give yourself credit for your growth and accomplishments. Is your time management better than when you started? Are your getting more skilled with your IV starts? Can you perform an assessment and document it faster? Maybe you aren't excited about your unit, but you can be excited about your patients. Be the best nurse you can be. You said it well yourself- you are building your nursing practice foundation. Best wishes in your decision, Nurse Beth
  12. CeeLoo_xo

    Leaving after 4 months...

    Hello! I need some advice. So I currently work as a night RN on a telemetry/designated COVID unit. I've been at my hospital for almost 2 years. I started out as a PCT (doing all shifts) then transitioned into the RN role back in September. I have came to the realization that I just don't know if hospital nursing is for me anymore. I know they say the first year of being a nurse is always hard, but even as an aide I had this feeling it just was not for me. IDK if its the hospital I work at (it's a small hospital) but we are constantly understaffed, have extremely high acuity patients, and since beginning my nursing role, I've been constantly stressed to the point where I just dread going to work. I didn't even get to finish my RN orientation nor have I gotten the support I thought I was going to have when coming off orientation. I have been applying to Drs. Offices, clinics, and schools and I have gotten call backs. I just need some honesty... do I look like an *** leaving after only being an RN for 4 months? I just I never gave myself that time to focus on my own health and well-being but I just feel so bad too (because I'm just that type of person who always puts others first).
  13. queernursing

    Unhappy in a hateful work place

    I am a new RN. I worked as a tech for 3 years, but due to COVID had to move back home. I recently started a job back home as an RN and the culture is quite bad. Yes, many units have a culture of gossip but this is really to an extreme, like gossiping about anything and everything about fellow staff (sex life, family, appearance - nothing is off limits to them). I am gay and it is fairly obvious. I am confident in myself and my sexuality, but I have quickly learned my fellow RNs are quite homophobic and prejudice (race, religion, literally anything they can discriminate against they will). Yes everyone has their own opinions and beliefs, but openly speaking against it especially in healthcare shouldn't be a thing. Yes, you could report them but 1) it is pretty much unit-wide 2) retaliation 3) very obvious it would be me. Understandably I am uncomfortable with this and I am not one to endorse or partake in gossip. The "benefits" and overall morale of the hospital is poor and they quite obviously do not care much for their employees. I know the golden rule is to stay at least a year, but I would like to move back to where I was and get a job there ASAP. Would 6 months be feasible? How could or should I explain my short time period in my position?
  14. whatisgonnabemyname

    Should I quit my job

    So, I recently got a new job in ICU. I was super excited and grateful and At first I thought it was a cute little hospital with great people and some serious team work. I still think that but during my orientation I had some obstacles as in my preceptor being too demanding and expecting perfection (reporting me for minor things like not remembering where exactly each item was in supply room). Then I had a night preceptor (they are best friends btw, and my day preceptor arranged for Me to have this night preceptor). Night preceptor just lied to my manager about me not knowing certain things. I still don’t know if she really thought that or was being mean. Anyway, my manager kept extending my orientation, telling me she has to make sure I am safe for my patients which I understand but it got to me, seeing some new grads doing way worse than I was doing and still getting off orientation. But eventually I got off my orientation and it has been going well. During this stressful period I applied to another ICU at University Hospital and got an interview for CVICU (I want to eventually become CRNA and I feel like this would be a way better fit for me comparing to my current community hospital). I have been off orientation for two weeks/three weeks now. Would it be an awful, terrible, horrible thing to quit my current job and accept the new offer or should I just stick with my job, get a year of experience and try to find something that will help me get into CRNA school? Thanks
  15. EternalFeather

    Was my decision to quit wrong?

    I decided to resign at my job... I left properly, gave 2 weeks notice and everything. I was just fed up. The workplace already sucks to begin with, but then with everything associated with the pandemic, working through the pandemic and getting sick with it and survived it, going back to work and working alongside travel nurses who get paid more for doing what I do. I hated it most when I was the charge nurse of an ICU unit and other make shift ICU units because ICU had to expand... the PPE issue, reusing and recycling PPE, not getting compensated for risking my life and my family, burnt out to the max. When I got COVID I was stressed and scared and literally very sick. just felt everything was so unfair. I've had it and so I decided to quit. I also left believing in the promise of travel nursing. But I left after the pandemic rate has gone down. Fast forward to now, almost 1 month. I apply to travel nursing assignments but I always get rejected. I worked in a level 3 adult trauma ICU and the hospitals want level 1 experience. Also some travel assignments pay very little. I was told that it was gonna be bigger or worth it. Some agencies are tricky and try to put down big numbers but if you break it down and do the math, its not worth it for me. For example, 1500 (the usual I get, some even offer 1100) Gross. Gross per week. How is that better than 1700 - 2000 bi-weekly with benefits; insurance, etc... I don't see the point in driving far, sleeping in hotels, loneliness... etc The ones that I'm interested in keep rejecting me... I am happy that I am not in a stressful working environment but I am sad that I am unemployed and I need to start coming up with an income soon. I don't want to apply for another permanent position because I don't want to end up in another bind...I am sad and disappointed that the travel nurse positions I apply to keep rejecting me and the offers are not worth it. Now, I am starting to regret leaving my old job. I just feel so lost right now.
  16. Deebuzz

    Leaving Bedside Nursing

    Your emotional, physical and mental health will suffer along with your family life. I have finally decided to leave the bedside and I've never felt so happy. At only 25, I felt like I was going to be stuck in this state for the rest of my working life but I found the courage to finally make the decision that saved my health and my marriage. I went into nursing with the intention of helping people and being the one to make a difference to those who may feel hopeless. All my intentions were quickly shut down when I started working on the floor. We deal with some unappreciative, sarcastic, rude, and egotistical (patients, family members, physicians, coworkers, and managers). There is no care in nursing just bottom-line concerns. My first nursing job was ok, I worked in ND at the time, I moved to FL and that gave me the green light to officially leave floor nursing. I hate the anxious feeling before every shift, the nagging family members, pts who are rude self-entitled, coworkers who throw each other under the bus, physicians who disregard concerns, and a whole lot of other things I can elaborate about that is just downright awful. I'm glad to say my degree didn't completely go to waste as I am now an RN case manager. I believe being away from the bedside will renew my interest. I refuse to live a day dreading having to go to work, nursing has literally changed how I respond to people before I use to smile at everyone now I walk past people with my face looking like a pit bull ready to bite. Whenever someone would tell me to smile I thought, "Wow I have changed for the worst" I refuse to be a martyr for this profession. Taking care of myself is more important than risking it for people who **** on theirs.
  17. musiklover7000

    Quitting during probation/orientation

    Hey guys, I just wanted to get some advice. I wanted to change departments and always wanted to try the ER. I wanted to sharpen my critical thinking skills and wanted to work in a busier environment. I eventually got hired as staff with experience, and not part of any fellowship program. Fast forward a couple of months, I have a week left of orientation and I absolutely hate the ER. I get super stressed going into work, almost to the point where I can mini panic attacks. I don't like how crazy busy things get and how I cannot give each patient the time they deserve. I also think that my personality doesn't fit the "ER culture." I thought as time went on, I would get used to the pace of things, but it's becoming more of the opposite for me. It's becoming obvious that the ER is not for me and I really want to quit but I don't want to burn bridges. What should I do?
  18. Hello everyone. I am extremely conflicted in this decision. I work in an ICU which is now basically a COVID unit, on top of the PCU (the designated COVID unit) which we get pulled to regularly. It's no surprise there is an incomprehensible shortage of PPE, and shockingly bad backpedaling and safety recommendations from the CDC that had they made even 4 months ago would have cause a national uproar. I have asthma and chronic bronchitis. Any little chest cold turns into full blown bronchitis for me. My girlfriend (we don't live together) has respiratory issues that require monthly injections of an immunosuppressant to manage. We haven't seen each other for almost a month now. Last week at this time, we had 1-2 two COVID patients.. at this point, all critical care units are overflowing and the safety precautions are terrible as they are everywhere else. The testing is awful with 4-6 day turnaround time. We get one N95 per shift no matter how many patients. They've increased nurse to patient ratio, which makes the one N95 even more unsafe. We can only wear it if the patient is undergoing aerosol producing procedures/treatments, otherwise, a standard surgical mask. I failed the fit test anyway. RN's are told to come in if exposed but asymptomatic, and if we are exposed to a positive patient, we only get tested if symptomatic. We have PAPRs but can only be used with positive patients due to lack of filter supply, but we won't know if they are positive until almost a week. To this day, I don't think they've been used yet. So by the time we CAN use them, it's pointless.. we've already been exposed. We are seeing younger patients with only a history of asthma or no real history crashing and burning.. going into ARDS and being intubated and placed in rotoprone beds. That's what scares me the most. Otherwise young healthy patients on the brink of death. I really like my unit. I respect my manager, and my team, but I just don't feel safe and the anxiety is crushing. The healthcare system in general failed us. I feel it's not a matter of if but WHEN I will get this, and given my respiratory issues, will it take me out, or just hit me hard enough to cause permanent lung damage. That said, I was going to put my two weeks in but girlfriend suggested FMLA to buy some time to think about it. I feel like I'm deserting my team when needed most. But I also didn't sign up to risk my life due to a comedy of errors, oversight, indifference, and/or just the never ending need for more profit by the powers that be. I feel what I'm doing is the logical, right, and safe move but can't get over this feeling of cowardliness and letting everyone down for doing it. However other times I feel I am being strong for giving up a well paying job with benefits for my physical/mental health and not allowing them to do me this way. Just looking for opinions one way or the other. Thank you and stay safe out there.
  19. Tirednurseandmomma14

    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    I am curious to find out if anyone has decided to leave their current job due to the risk of this virus? I work in the Emergency Department and we are now being asked to reuse PPE and to prepare for a surge of COVID 19 patients. This makes me sick to my stomach and concerned for my co workers, other patients along with the risk we bring home to our own families.
  20. I will have been working for a year on June 12th and I want to submit a letter stating that I will no longer be full time but PRN and just work the minimum of 24 hours a month because I have found another job. I have read that it's better to give a one month notice. I still want to stay PRN but I have found another job so I want to put it in writing about my change in status. I am not sure how to word the letter, any help?
  21. Marianna5

    Considering Quitting my Job

    I just read new updates on our PPE policy - no N95 masks for taking care of covid patients except for certain procedures. Last time I worked we were still allowed to wear N95 (one per shift). I am turning my 2 week notice in... Do you think there will be repercussions for your license of quitting the job in this time even with 2 weeks notice?
  22. BlessYourHeartt

    Another Quitter

    I am so thankful, proud of and worried for healthcare professionals who are continuing this fight. My personal dilemma is this: my husband and I have several young children. There is nowhere to send them away to (grandparents are not local, older and in poor health, absolutely cannot be saddled with the care of our rowdy bunch that we counted on raising ourselves all along; our siblings either work remotely and/or have their own families to care for). My husband continues to work remotely and is making the bigger share of our household income, so he cannot be expected to just quit his job and watch the kids 24/7 while I distance myself from the family in case of exposure. I am needed to care for the kids while he works. I had been scheduling my shifts around his schedule. If I bring home COVID-19, we would be sick and having to care for sick or at least infectious children who cannot be emergently passed off to family because they would infect them too! If one of both of us required hospitalization, the kids would have to go wherever the authorities can place them because of the contagion factor. It would be traumatic for the kids. My husband is at a high risk for complications due to preexisting comorbidities. He is our family's heart and soul. We all know that the odds of exposure to COVID as hospital staff under current conditions are excellent, even if not directly caring for confirmed COVID patients. I don't see a way out other than to throw in the towel occupationally and stay home as a family through this except for rare necessary outings. Years in the ICU and with current employer, but like many, I counted on working hard and going home to care for family on days off, not on soldiering on through a pandemic and risking my husband and children's health. I feel some guilt walking out on my coworkers and fear of repercussions getting hired down the line after leaving this job, but I feel that these kids' mother and father cannot be replaced, unlike as a staff RN. Godspeed and good health to all of you!