newly unemployed.......

  1. I got "let go" Friday when I got to work. Was told "you are not a good fit with our team". This was unexpected as I had just spoke with the manager on Tuesday, and was told that Friday would be my last day of orientation, and would start my hired shift tonight.
    Sort of feel like I got a bum deal due to the fact that I never had a real (re assigned) preceptor, it was just whoever happened to be able to take me when I was there. Didn't have any real big problems that I'm aware of, excepting that one person on night shift(my hired shift) took an instant dislike to me. Had a few IV issues (mainly different equipment), was told they didn't feel like I was focused enough, and that I have a "know it all attitude". The last because if I knew how to do something, I told them, I am already familiar with that. Yeah, there were times when I was unsure of myself, and I'm sure it showed, but I had no ED experience.
    Sorry if I'm whining, but just have to get this off my chest. I just feel that they lost a great nurse, if only they had taken the time to actually try to teach me, instead of tossing me an occasional bone. It just felt completely unorganized during my whole time there. Maybe if I had already had previous ED experience, it wouldn't have felt so bad, but I just wanted a little more guidance starting out. Was that to much to ask? Evidently so.
    Have already sent out applications to two other hospitals, and am looking for more that aren't to far to drive.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   RN BSN 2009
    I wouldn't want to work with a hospital that did not provide competent preceptors anyways, makes you wonder what other faults in management they have there. Stay out of the toxic environment.

    Hang in there!
  4. by   RNtigerEMT
    Quote from iceyspots
    I wouldn't want to work with a hospital that did not provide competent preceptors anyways, makes you wonder what other faults in management they have there. Stay out of the toxic environment.

    Hang in there!
    Thanks iceyspots. The thing is though, the whole environement wasn't toxic. The management issue is true though. I was beginning to wonder myself if it was worth it, but I loved my job. Most of the people I worked with are great. The RN I was with the last few days before being let go was crying, she had no idea, she thought I was doing great. I was originally told that the orientation process was at least 8 wks long, but Friday was told that 8wks was too long for an experienced RN. BTW, I have almost 3 yrs experience on a very busy cardiac med-surg floor. The ED manger stepped down 2 wks after I started, so we had a new manger. Maybe that had something to do with it.
  5. by   justme1972
    Quote from RNtigerEMT
    Thanks iceyspots. The thing is though, the whole environement wasn't toxic. The management issue is true though. I was beginning to wonder myself if it was worth it, but I loved my job. Most of the people I worked with are great. The RN I was with the last few days before being let go was crying, she had no idea, she thought I was doing great. I was originally told that the orientation process was at least 8 wks long, but Friday was told that 8wks was too long for an experienced RN. BTW, I have almost 3 yrs experience on a very busy cardiac med-surg floor. The ED manger stepped down 2 wks after I started, so we had a new manger. Maybe that had something to do with it.
    I think you hit the nail on the head. The only times I have ever had major problems at a job, was when the management staff was unstable. Sometimes they take a job and look to make changes, and don't have a plan on what they are going to do.

    One of the last jobs I had, I found out almost a year after I left that I was almost terminated 6 months into my position. We got a new head honcho, and a month after she started, she turned in a list to HR of "dead weight" she wanted to get rid of...my name was at the top of the list.

    It was only after upper-level management (above her), started checking on accounts I was working on, and found out that not only was I not dead weight, but was "underworking" my capabilities, did upper-management override her and told her under no uncertain terms was I going to be fired.

    Well, she took this as a challenge...and then started a campaign to get rid of me. I did NOTHING to this woman!

    A few months later, she got herself fired, and I ended up taking her job.

    You just never, ever know what the real motivations are.
  6. by   htrn
    hugs tiger - right there with you as of this afternoon. Will start the job hunt tomorrow. Good luck and my thoughts are with you.
  7. by   chuck1234
    Don't feel bad....
    I am sure that is not the only hospital....
    It is time to move on....
    Good luck.
  8. by   IndySkies
    I worked at a large University Hospital for 22 years. Recieved numerous awards and accomidations, and Nurse Educator of the Year once. Was relief charge. My 'best friend' had an affair with the Charge Nurse. We had a falling out, (my friend and I). Suddenly my work was not up to par, was subsequently let go, was very hurt, (angry). Left for the 'big city' did not realize until after I left what a toxic environment it was from the top down. Now I look back and wish I had left years before. Making almost twice as much as I was, less stressful, more fulfilling and happier... I know it hurts to 'not fit' however, usually, it is the group that doesn't fit and not the individual.
  9. by   RNtigerEMT
    Thanks to all. I'm not feeling to bad about the whole deal, A little angry, a little hurt, but have developed tha attitude that they are the ones who lost out. After talking with several people I have worked with previously, am feeling more secure about believing they (the facility) are the ones who lost. Am definately sure I will return to work in an ED, just not that particular one. Tomorrow amplanning on calling our local EMS service to see if they are in need of a Basic EMT. Just got my certification in FebRuary, so have no real run time, but am looking forward to it. One of the medics on the force was my instructor so....I've sorta got an in. Maybe. Not going to quit looking for a nursing position, its just that things are rather tight around here job wise. I don't really want to have to drive 1 1/2 to 2 hrs to work. Anyways, wish me luck, and I'll keep ya'll posted.
  10. by   EmerNurse
    Quote from RNtigerEMT
    I was originally told that the orientation process was at least 8 wks long, but Friday was told that 8wks was too long for an experienced RN. BTW, I have almost 3 yrs experience on a very busy cardiac med-surg floor.

    GRRRRRR this is my biggest pet peeve. Screwing an orientation period to save bucks and cover a short shift (which is how most orientees seem to suddenly "get off" orientation).

    If we want to retain new employees, we need to give them a proper orientation. Experienced or not, they're new HERE. GRRRRR

    ok rant over.
  11. by   RNtigerEMT
    Quote from EmerNurse
    GRRRRRR this is my biggest pet peeve. Screwing an orientation period to save bucks and cover a short shift (which is how most orientees seem to suddenly "get off" orientation).

    If we want to retain new employees, we need to give them a proper orientation. Experienced or not, they're new HERE. GRRRRR

    ok rant over.
    Thank you so much emernurse. Thats exactly the way I felt.
    Still haven't heard anything back from anyone yet, but am waiting. Not to patiently. My DH and I were talking this AM about me not having a job. He's saying "don't worry, we'll be all right". Ok, yeah financially we 'll be ok, but mentally i won't be. Am already getting "cabin fever". I need to work!!!!!
    Been taking walks with the kiddos to try and maintain sanity, my legs are killing me. LOL. Being on my feet for an 8 or even 12 hr shift didn't bother me, but walking up and down hills hurts! Oh well, it'll at least be good for my waistline. Wanted to drop about 15 lbs anyway

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