Too soon to leave?

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by %D#2 (Member)

Is it too soon to leave a job as a new nurse on good terms after 8 months if you give them two weeks notice? My reason for leaving on the application is that I want more clinical experience, as I am going from AL TO SNF

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 10,674 Posts

First, verify that the facility policy is only 2 weeks. Mine requires 4 to keep off the do not rehire list.

Second, is there a reason not to go another 4 months? Making that first job last at least a year will give you the solid nursing basis (if you're a new grad). It generally takes about a year to get into the swing of things, and it looks better on your resume.

%D#2

298 Posts

First, verify that the facility policy is only 2 weeks. Mine requires 4 to keep off the do not rehire list.

Second, is there a reason not to go another 4 months? Making that first job last at least a year will give you the solid nursing basis (if you're a new grad). It generally takes about a year to get into the swing of things, and it looks better on your resume.

Well I am gonna stay until I get hired somewhere else which may take months.. But this place is not a good place to work. I'm in charge of all the patients in the building, i do not take my breaks use I don't have time, and they deduct pay anyway which I recently found out is illegal. My coworkers are extremely negative and gossiping as complaining constantly. And Ita taking a toll on me physically.. To be on my feet for ten hour shifts with one pee break if I'm lucky. And being a novice nurse, there is no other nurse in the building to talk to when I don't know something or an trying to make a judgement call. I'm becoming depressed. It's just a downer. And in AL I feel like I'm losing skills.. The faster I get into a SNF the better. But I'm not gonna quit without finding another job first. My policy is two weeks I checked

%D#2

298 Posts

Sorry for the typos I am typing with two broken fingers.. That's another thing, I get injured easily without adequate staff. Guy was latched onto my hand for like 15 minutes. And I have no choice to work with the broken bones cause they can't find coverage for me cause there aren't enough nurses

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 10 years experience. 3,048 Posts

I left my first job in LTC rehab unit after 10 months for my dream job. I had to give 30 day notice as an RN-keeps your 'eligible for rehire" and even thought I have no plans to go back, as a reference, it is important to have that status. Also, if you have PTO time accrued, you can cash that out with proper notice (you probably don't have much, but I had two paychecks worth in mine). Sorry for your broken fingers-mention that in your exit interview. try to take the high road as much as you can. Sounds like a bad situation you are leaving, but you can be the bigger person. Good Luck!!!!!

Karou

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 1 years experience. 700 Posts

Not too soon at all (in my opinion).

You have described the facility you work at before, I don't blame you for wanting to leave. You're in Texas, right? I think since you have been at the AL facility for 10 months, you won't have a problem finding a new job at a SNF. Have you looked into LTACH's also? Kindred is one that still hires LVN's, as far as I know. It's great experience.

Everline

Specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health. 901 Posts

No. Just make sure you have another job secured before you leave. JMO.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 224 Articles; 27,608 Posts

Even though I left my first nursing job after a whopping six weeks, I usually advise anyone with eight months of service to stick around another four months before starting the job hunt in earnest.

%D#2

298 Posts

Not in Texas but thank you lol. I have applied for a LTC skilled unit within a hospital local to me. This job I have is quite a drive as well.

I figure I have four

Months left and it will be a year. I literally just started applying so by the time I make it to a new job I may even have a year under my belt already.

Thanks for all the advice!

%D#2

298 Posts

No. Just make sure you have another job secured before you leave. JMO.

Oh yes definitely. Thank you

%D#2

298 Posts

Even though I left my first nursing job after a whopping six weeks, I usually advise anyone with eight months of service to stick around another four months before starting the job hunt in earnest.

Will take that into consideration thank you

Karou

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 1 years experience. 700 Posts

Not in Texas but thank you lol. I have applied for a LTC skilled unit within a hospital local to me. This job I have is quite a drive as well.

I figure I have four

Months left and it will be a year. I literally just started applying so by the time I make it to a new job I may even have a year under my belt already.

Thanks for all the advice!

Darn, for some reason I thought you were a Texan. Oops! Well, good luck with the application. Your current job sounds pretty bad.