To leave or stay?

Nurses General Nursing


Specializes in Med-surg, OB, school nursing.

I've been subsituting as a school nurse for the past two school years. This school year I was offered a regular schedule of a half day every day but still considered a substitute. I know I don't want to do this forever but considering it was the only job I could get at the time I took it. There is another job I that came open that I would like to apply for at a local hospital. I was wondering if it would be ok to apply and if I got it leave this position or if I should finish out this school year and hope something comes up then. I am under no contract to finish the year and we could really use the money and benefits of a more permanent job but I don't want to cause hard feelings by leaving so soon after starting the school year. Should I stick the year out or go for the new position? Thanks for any advice!

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership.

Of course you can leave your current position if a better job comes along. Just make sure you give two weeks' notice.

There won't be hard feelings, people leave jobs all the time. You gotta do what's best for you and your family.

Good luck.

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management.

Go for the other job. You have no contract, and if there are hard feelings, then it shows that your needs and interests were not on the front burner of the school employer. You need to choose what is best for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. This comes first and foremost. I get the feeling that you fear you may be burning bridges...but if you resign and do everything by the book, you should be fine.

If they're mandating that you are there 1/2 a day ever day this would be called PART TIME and would include all benefits included therein. If they are not willing to offer this, BUbye (or you can keep PRN'ing)

Specializes in ICU, ER.

I doubt they will have any trouble filling the job, in this job market.

Specializes in Med-surg, OB, school nursing.

Ok-thanks! That makes me feel better. I was a little worried about burning bridges by leaving them hanging after just starting the school year since they do sometimes have trouble finding subs but I do have to do what's best for my family. They refuse to offer any benefits at all-that was stated when the job was offered.

Specializes in School Nursing.

I agree that you should go for the new job if you think it is best for you and your family. However, I disagree with those who say there won't be hard feelings. This is the world of education, and it works differently. Even if you are not contracted, the rest of the team is, and they will not look kindly on someone leaving mid-year. Even for non-contracted workers, it is expected that when you commit to the school year, you stick it out. Things may be different at your district, but in my experience this is the case in the world of education.

Even still, you have to do what is right for your family, so go for it!

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