Would you give a formal 2wk notice when quitting a PRN job

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I have 2 jobs, one part time, and the other a PRN job. At the PRN position, I am very stressed, lack support, and the new management thinks NOTHING of mandating staff an entire shift to fill holes in the schedule. It hasnt happened to me yet, but then again, ive been very vocal about not wanting to be mandated due to my wk commute, never having been oriented on the following shift (3rds,and my pt load would double), and the fact that this inexperienced manager seems to abuse the mandating provisions. Anyways, this DON has interfered w/ me picking up the shifts of certain nurses. ... And now just last week she told me I have to maintain X amount of hrs per month in order to still have a PRN position. Im not really into this job mainly bc mgmt and support are not really good. Should I give a formal 2wks, or just let my employment there phase out??


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Give the formal 2 weeks' notice. It's the professional thing to do. Plus, you don't want to give them any reason to consider you "ineligible for hire" based on any sort of bad feelings against you. Never burn your bridges; you never know when you might need to cross them again.

It's only 2 weeks and you only work prn there. It will be over before you know it!


941 Posts

Give a formal notice.

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Specializes in MCH,NICU,NNsy,Educ,Village Nursing.

Always give a formal notice. It is the professional thing to do. As a previous poster said--you work PRN and it will be over before you know it.

Altra, BSN, RN

6,255 Posts

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

Yes, give the required notice -- refer to your employee handbook or HR policies/procedures to see how many weeks are required. Failure to do so will likely mean a negative notation in your employee record, which could haunt you for a long time to come, and possibly forfeiture of payment for accrued vacation/sick/PTO time. And it is what professionals do.

PRN/casual employment does typically require some minimum number of shifts per pay period or other time period.

Your reputation is everything, be professional and give formal notice. You may not care about the place but you are worth a good reference if you did a great job there and you should totally use them for whatever you can to help advance your career.


832 Posts

Give formal notice, but they can't do much if you aren't available :smokin:


940 Posts

Good advice here--- I don't feel like it, but I think ill hang on for awhile...

Specializes in ICU.

No. Hand your badge to the person in charge at the end of your shift and tell them I'm not coming back. They know why.

As long as you are 100% certain that you don't want to work for this corporation again, just walk leave with your head head held high.

MrChicagoRN, RN

2,597 Posts

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care.

As long as you are 100% certain that you don't want to work for this corporation again, just walk leave with your head head held high.

I wouldn't do this.

Not working for the same corporation is one thing, but there are other considerations. You may someday run into one of these people 5,10, 20 years later at some other facility. And they may remember you, and may influence the decision to hire. You don't want them to say...uh, I remember her. She quit without notice.

And yes, I have run into people I've worked with 20 years earlier

Specializes in ICU.

Maybe they'll respect her more for getting out. I would.

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