Want to quit your nursing job? Here’s how to do it on good terms

There will come a point when it is time to part ways with your employer. Everyone’s reasoning will be different. You may feel a calling to a different specialty, decide to stay at home with your children, decide to go back to school or you may even just be burnt out. Whatever the reason make sure you follow these steps before you make the move. It is never a good idea to burn bridges with employees. Make sure you don’t hit a point where you feel that is your only option by planning ahead.

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Leaving Bedside Nursing: Why I Left Bedside Nursing

Low pay, understaffing, increased patient ratios, higher acuity patients, abuse from peers and administration and burnout are just a few of the reasons why nurses are running away from the bedside. According to the RN Work Project, their 10 year study found 17% of newly licensed RNs leave their first nursing job within the first year, 33% leave within two years, and 60% leave within eight years. I am part of that 17% who left the bedside within the first year of nursing. I stayed at the bedside for about 6-7 months before I left my first job as a medical surgical nurse.

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Why I Quit My First Nursing Job

Nine months ago, I was in Aruba with my husband on vacation when I got my first nursing job offer. I will never forget the day because I cried from the excitement. I finally did it! I was finished nursing school and was scheduled to take my NCLEX-RN and had a job on the table pending passing the exam. Thankfully, it all fell into place and I passed and started working as a Medical Surgical nurse on a high acuity floor…. Six months later I quit my job.

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