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Friday November 1, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

I worked as a school nurse for four days and quit because I did not feel comfortable working there. For multiple reasons, I felt my license was at risk if I were to stay there.

I am a new nurse and was advised not to include this job on my resume since I stayed for only four days. I was told by the principal if I changed my mind I was welcome back so I don’t think there was any bad feelings because I left. Should I include this on my resume for future applications? Should I bring this up at the beginning of the interview, end or not at all?

Quit After Four Days

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Quit After Four Days,

You do not need to include this brief episode on your resume nor should you mention it on an interview at all. It hardly constitutes employment.

And to help you find a good position read: New Nurse, New Job Strategies www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies. You also will benefit from reading "Your 1st Year as a Nurse, Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" available in bookstores and through the Internet.

Best wishes,

Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.