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5 Questions to Ask Before You Quit Nursing

Jeff Hindenach | NursingLink


Am I Burning any Bridges?


If you have a job lined up: Even if you have another nursing job waiting in the wings, when or how you’re leaving could have some adverse effects. Be sure to give the required two weeks notice. If your head nurse asks for you to stay longer, tell them you’ll consider it, even if you are sure you can’t. And regardless of how much you hated the job, never cause a scene when you’re actually leaving. Be diplomatic and show them that you still care about the hospital’s success and the patients’ welfare.

If you don’t have a job: Your employer will expect you to stay as long as they need you, as you have nowhere else to go. Prepare a legitimate excuse as to why you can’t stay longer, such as starting a part-time nursing job or going on a trip. Again, be respectful and give a diplomatic excuse for leaving, such as you’re looking to go in a different direction. No matter how horrible they are, your bosses remain be your references for later jobs.



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    I have worked for some truly ridiculous managers. Most of whom make it hard to believe that they are RNs! To me the worst kind of environment is one in which the management seems determined to 'divide and conquer'. Keeping people 'off balance' and living in fear is a very poor way to run a unit or a hospital. I have heard it all: 'You are resistant to change', 'you are not a team player' (actually I am more of a team LEADER!), etc. etc.
    Just one more reason why nurses should stick together and 'contract' with hospitals in the same way that doctors have always done.

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