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What can an RN do when she realizes the new job she’s in is not a good fit?


Dear Donna,

I recently accepted a position in an office setting because it was close to home and seemed like a pleasant environment. After two months, I realized this is just not the right place for me. I find the routine boring and just don’t feel I’m a good fit. I’m not a quitter and have never left a job after so short a time, but I just don’t see how I can stay here long term. I dread going into work each day. I am tempted to just not show up again. Can you give me any advice? Will this hurt my chances of getting another job?

Bored and Not Fitting In

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Bored and Not Fitting In,

Two months is long enough to know if the job is right for you or not. And this one sounds like it doesn’t suit you. Don’t despair. It happens. I once knew after two weeks a job wasn’t right for me, but stuck it out for six months because I didn’t want to quit and thought things might improve. However, they only got worse.

Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and move on. It’s not about being a quitter. It’s about advocating for yourself and your career and trusting your instincts. Read
“Knowing when it’s time to move on” (

Be sure to give proper resignation notice. Don’t just not show up. Burning your bridges is never a good idea. Read “How to Resign With Style” (

This will not hurt your chances of getting another job. When asked on a job interview why you left, just say something like, “When I was offered this job I accepted it quickly. Afterwards I realized there wasn’t enough challenge and opportunity for me to learn and grow. I decided to move on and devote some time to finding the right position where I can put down roots.” Then with a smile add, “That’s why I’m here today.”

Best wishes,

By | 2014-08-27T00:00:00-04:00 August 27th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

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