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When to quit/start looking for a new job?

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Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read my question.

I am a new grad currently working in an icu setting. I started in August of 2018 and I'm currently at the 6 month mark. I love my job and am so sad to have to leave at the 1 year mark but I don't have a choice. My fiance has to move to another state for work and he starts in October.

I am wondering when is a good time to apply for the new states license, when to start applying for jobs, and when to tell my manager of my plans. I feel like it's way too soon right now but also want to be extra prepared for the whole process. I've lived in the same place my whole life so this is all really new to me and very daunting.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

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River&MountainRN has 4 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Primary Care, LTC, Private Duty.

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What state are you having to move to? If you don't feel like listing it for anonymity's sake, that's ok: just use that question to start researching licensing requirements on your new state's Board of Nursing website. Most Boards also give you a rough estimate on turnaround time. For my purposes, my new state license could take up to 6-8 weeks...just to give you a timeline example. As far as letting management know, review your policies and procedures for the minimum notice time that you're required to give.

 

As far as basic moving questions, feel free to PM me. In the past 19 years, I've moved 11 times (granted some of that was when I was a child, but the most recent 6 moves have been in adulthood).

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RNperdiem has 14 years experience as a RN.

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Do you really like this job? Is it helping you grow as a nurse? If this is the case, you are a very lucky new grad nurse.

You do have a choice. If staying a little longer in your job and planning to join fiance at a later date is in your best interest, consider it. 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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I'd say do the research on the steps for the new state's licensure now, and (unless there's a pointed reason to start earlier) give yourself a three month window to get it prior to moving...

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On 2/15/2019 at 7:22 AM, RNperdiem said:

Do you really like this job? Is it helping you grow as a nurse? If this is the case, you are a very lucky new grad nurse.

You do have a choice. If staying a little longer in your job and planning to join fiance at a later date is in your best interest, consider it. 

Well, I guess I do have a choice but moving to be with my fiancé is important to me. I’m definitely a very lucky new grad you’re right, but I plan on exploring different specialties within nursing so I’m not completely opposed to leaving. I just want to make sure that I leave in the most professional manner possible and on a good note in case I ever do want to come back! 

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On 2/14/2019 at 11:56 PM, River&MountainRN said:

What state are you having to move to? If you don't feel like listing it for anonymity's sake, that's ok: just use that question to start researching licensing requirements on your new state's Board of Nursing website. Most Boards also give you a rough estimate on turnaround time. For my purposes, my new state license could take up to 6-8 weeks...just to give you a timeline example. As far as letting management know, review your policies and procedures for the minimum notice time that you're required to give.

 

As far as basic moving questions, feel free to PM me. In the past 19 years, I've moved 11 times (granted some of that was when I was a child, but the most recent 6 moves have been in adulthood).

Wow thank you so much! I definitely will PM you. I appreciate it! We’ll be moving to Washington state. 

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