ICU RN let go after 3 months - page 3

by rn_wee | 29,388 Views | 22 Comments

Worked at a Level 1 Trauma Center, great learning experience. Floor orientation lasted 11 weeks total. 7 weeks working 2 twelve hour shifts/week on the floor and the rest of the 80 hour pay period being in the classroom. After... Read More


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    I'm permanently burning Bruce Pomeroy's post into my brain for future reference(!)--Thank you Mr. Pomeroy!
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    So glad others have experiences similar to mine. I worked in a SNF for two years and an LTACH for two years before taking a level one trauma ICU job and ended up resigning. Albeit, the LTACH I worked on had many ICU components (drips, vents, tele, bedside procedures etc...), but I originally was given five weeks of orientation, then extended to ten weeks and then I was asked to resign being that my manager still did not feel I was ready to be on my on and HR would not extend my orientation. I had a performance improvement plan in place which I met all my goals in, took into account the constructive criticism I received and was supposed to move to night shift, but one day I had an awful day, got behind and made some charting mistakes (first job using any computer charting system, mind you) and accidentally delayed reporting an elevated temperature because I was behind. No ill effects that I know of occurred from this (I believe I would be told if so). I had two different preceptors during my orientation. My second preceptor taught me to organize and time manage better, but was also very hard on me. Most staff on the floor, including my preceptor, made me scared to ask questions because with five years of experience they considered me "an experienced nurse" and would either stare at me or tell me "you should know this by now". After my first 5 weeks of orientation, my manager did consider moving me to step down, however the manager of step down did not like that I wanted to eventually return to ICU and my own manager decided against the move as well based on the fact that the patient population on step down was so different from the current ICU I was to come back to. I had been scheduled to work the week they asked me to resign. I have been able to apply to the hospital as an internal candidate, but the only interview I've had was one with a smaller ICU and, although I thought the interview went well, I did not get the position. I was encouraged by the manager of the smaller ICU I interviewed with to continue to work on the ECCO course through the hospital for the future as the membership is active for a year, but I found the hospital recently cancelled my subscription. This honestly makes me feel embarrassed and anxious. I am content with moving to even med/surg within the hospital, but I don't get calls for interviews. I also would really like to increase my knowledge of critical care while right now I'm out of a job, but my ECCO was cancelled. Very frustrating, especially since my manager made it sound like they want to rehire me and HR is aware of the issue (I have tried to reach out to HR and I am getting no responses). I really hope things get better. I would like to stay working for the current network I am in and gain skills in a lower level of acuity and work my way up.
    OutlawMedic likes this.
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    The best reflection of how well a preceptor or educator is performing at their job, is the overall or general outcome/success of their student or students. If more than one person isn't performing to their expected standards, or aren't showing signs of improvement and growth, then in my personal opinion their teachers have not been effective.


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