Leaving My First Job

Hey All!

I am writing this post more directed to nursing, but I think that a lot of the ideas that I will be sharing in this post apply to all areas of work. I am going to write about how quitting my first job went for me.

I will be the first to admit I DREADED this. I was afraid of the reaction I would receive, I was nervous I would say something wrong, and I was anxious about leaving the warm, loving, supportive environment I had grown so familiar to for something different. But this is how we grow, by throwing ourselves into the scary abyss and seeing what results.

I remember feeling OK walking into the building, I remember feeling fine in the elevator, but one I stepped of that elevator, my whole body felt a sense of dread wash over. I am definitely one of those people that doesn’t like confrontation or uncomfortable conversations (Yes yes, I know I am a nurse and I have these with patients everyday, but this just felt different). So I took a moment and composed myself, and did what I do best, walked into my managers office and just did what I needed to do. I was polite and direct and kept it brief, I didn’t ramble on and talk about all of the reasons etc, I just said I was leaving for personal reasons and that I appreciated the opportunity and left it at that. We had a very brief conversation, and that was the end of it.

I had built it up so much in my head that it was almost embarrassing. Definitely sounds like something I would do though.

Telling my coworkers was my next step, this was less daunting to me, but I still felt bad as they had become like family to me as any good nursing unit is. People were of course sad to see me go, but wished me luck and totally understood my need/want to move and progress and explore my options now while I was not as tied down.

I hope this didn’t sound too ranty, but hey it was more of a feelings post. Anyone have a scenario they would like to share, or a topic they would like to hear about? Just leave a comment 🙂

~Niki

Moving

Hey all!

I am currently in the process of packing as I am moving. The list of never ending things that need to be done, seems to grow ever longer as time goes on. Sorry this post may be a bit tedious, you have been forewarned.

It is amazing the amount of junk you can accumulate in a little over a year, I think I have already thrown several bags of recyclables away, and donated several bags of things I no longer use or need. As I go through my belongings to decide what needs to be taken, given away, or thrown away, I can not help but be a little nostalgic as I look at all of my possessions and analyze their worth.

Another one of those strange items when moving everyone seems to forget about are boxes. I have accumulated a number of totes that I can move with, that I love because I can then use them as storage later, but they are not enough to move all of my belongings. So I have started saving boxes from packages I receive. The other night I was lucky enough to find 2 large UHaul boxes that were still unused propped next to the recycle bin. YAY! What a great find, I tend to be cheap about things I am not going to be able to reuse so I really didn’t want to spend money on boxes of all things.

img_5988

Excuse the mess, moving is not a neat process when I am involved (not that anything is, my surroundings tend to look very much like my brain, CHAOS with an element of organization only I understand). I am both excited and nervous about what the future holds, especially since I am traveling to the other end of California and starting a new. I have high hopes that this is the right thing to do at the present time in my life.

Not only is moving exciting, but it can be bitter sweet, leaving behind all you’ve built, friends, jobs, a chunk of your life, to start afresh and in a new place all over again. I am definitely going to miss the connections I have made here, but will visit again, and of course will welcome any visitors :).

Any tips you guys would like to share about moving? Leave them in the comments, I may do an after on things I would do differently!

Until next time!

~Niki