So I Had My Interview...

  1. ...on Monday for the CNS position. Naturally the interview was with HR first, but it was still a good interview, unlike my FIRST interview with HR as a new grad!
    The job still sounds incredibly fun and challenging and I am definitely qualified. I'd be a CNS for post-partum and GYN. I'm core L&D, so this is bit of a change (the GYN part) but I think I could handle it.

    Thing is, my plan was to give my notice at this place (that I hate) with enough of a lead time to still be employed, with the thought of getting out, while holding out for the CNS offer. IF the offer fell through, I would then go back to my old employer and work in the same department that I used to be in, but only as a Anticoag Nurse who monitors and adjusts coumadin, lovenox, etc. Not my cup of tea or area of expertise, mind you, but this was the ace in the hole so I'd still have income and NOT have to work on the floors.

    Well. Yes. How nice. My former manager seemed thrilled that I was contemplating the position and yes it was open. Great. I was going to give my notice here today and end this saga of tummy upset, sweaty palms and headaches...until.....

    My old co-worker told me today that this morning they announced the elimination of several RN positions there as of Dec 31st, with 2 weeks severence pay. All current open RN positions now (like the Anticoag Nurse one) are up for grabs and...lo and behold..has been applied for. Outside nurse hires are frozen until all effected RNs are either placed within the organization or leave altogether. So now I'm back to feeling desperate, trapped, and tummy upset.

    I've looked around and there ARE other jobs I could do..but I really really really want to give my notice here so I at least feel better. Thing is, I'm scared to quit without having another gig lined up, but I'm equally scared to continue working here.


    And so goes my life.

    Merry *******' Christmas.
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Susy, I don't have anything helpful to say about your current job situation, but I'm glad the CNS interview went well. When are you supposed to hear anything? It sounds like they may not be making a hiring decision until after the holidays?
  4. by   New CCU RN
    Susy.... keep your head up. You are more than qualified for numerous positions..... try not to worry. I am sure that something great will fall into place. I just hate it when people are excited about something and someone says something negative to them and it just blows the whole thing up...sounds like that is what your coworker did to an extent.... while it may possibly be true that they are making cuts, don't get all upset until you see something in writing....know what I mean? It could be all talk... lol...I'm sure you already know that.

    I would still look around...see if anything appeals your interest....but hang tight... and keep your head up... and just be glad the worse is over... you gave your notice and you can fly outta there!!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   Q.
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    When are you supposed to hear anything? It sounds like they may not be making a hiring decision until after the holidays?
    Well, I asked that very question without sounding desperate, and the HR chick said that she was going to forward my info to the Regional CNS that morning, but she was unsure if he was on vacation or what. She thought in 2 weeks I should be contacted for an interview with HIM now.

    New CCU RN: that's precisely my dilemma: I HAVEN'T given notice but I want to: but am afraid to do so without having accepted another job offer. That seems financially irresponsible. But yet, I can't stand it here!
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Yet another reason why the Allnurses Angry Mob (MMB) needs to form!!
  7. by   2banurse
    Being a newbie and not yet a nurse, what is CNS?

    Kris
  8. by   Ted
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    Being a newbie and not yet a nurse, what is CNS?

    Kris
    CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Warm thoughts to you, Susy. . .

    Bah humbug in your honor. . . .

    Ted
  9. by   llg
    I'm sorry to read of your current angst, Suzy. I HATE that feeling in your stomach. ... been there ... done that ... too many times.

    Take care,
    llg
  10. by   Q.
    Thanks Ted.

    I really am getting sick of hearing myself complain about my job situation. I have to DO something and stop whining!
  11. by   Tweety
    I'm sorry to hear that. Good luck!

    (I quit a job once without something lined up and it was a disaster, but it was before I was in nursing.)
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I understand the whole "financial irresponsibility" thing. But where does your well being and mental health come into play?

    Give a longer notice. That gives you plenty of time to get the ball rolling on the CNS thing, or line something else up if need be. And it at least will give you that feeling of being proactive about getting the h*ll out of that crappy place you're in. That alone will make you feel so much better.

    And then you can have a nice holiday season knowing you're on your way outta there!

    Heather
  13. by   cmggriff
    {{{{{{{{{{{Susy}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Gary

    Was that Bob from accounting?
  14. by   live4today
    Susy k.....I hope you land that CNS position if that is what you really desire to do. It may not be a bad idea to take a breather between jobs so you can clear your head of the old job, and gain a fresh perspective for the new job. Think of what that "time off" period would do for you this time of year. Then, after the Winter Holidays are over, you'll be refreshed and ready to conquer 2003!

    Just a thought from this old nurse whose been there and done that so many times, I hope I never have to go through it again!

    I once worked as a CNS in the military hospitals and loved/hated it for three months. It was in SICU/Open Heart...then we got PCS'd to another duty station where I became a Pediatric Nurse for a year before we got PCS'd again.......and such is military life!

    Anyway...take a breather with your hubby and enjoy one another full time for a week or two or three before jumping into that new position that will undoubtedly take up a lot of your day.

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