i'm sorry that this is long but i need to vent.
i was let go from my ed after 14 months of employment. i had a very extensive orientation that the hospital offers all new icu and ed nurses. my orientation was broken up into different segments. once i became efficient in one area such as medicine, peds, psych, ortho, i moved on to the next area. i was told by each preceptor that i was doing great, and that i had a awsome bedside manner. i used to get hugs and flowers from pt's and their families. the last area to tackle was the critical bays. i was going through this orientation with about 15-16 other rn's, some icu rn's from my hospital and some from neighboring hospitals. i was the only ed rn in this particular class. all of the rn's from the orientation class were offered to take a 2 day ekg course before taking the mandatory ekg test. i was scheduled to work in the ed those 2 days and questioned why i was able to take the 2 day ekg course. at that time i was told by my nurse educator that because i was in the ed and not the icu i did not need to take the test. if i don't need the test i don't need the course. i was also told at that time that we (ed staff) had additional classes that we had to take and not to worry about it. even though when i was first hired i was told that i would take the 2 day ekg course because all of my 18 years of nursing have been on the med/surg floor. shortly before the end of my orientation i was told that i needed to do some self studying and was given a pile of stips to study because i did have to take the ekg test after all. i then asked my nurse educator if i could take the 2 day class the next time that it was offered before taking the test. i was told that since i passed acls with a 100% this test should not be a problem. i needed to have 85% to pass and to keep my job. i got a 84% on the test. i got points taken off for spelling
errors, and 3 points off for writing a-fib, not writing a-fib with ventricular response.
my nurse educator denies every telling me that she would sign me up for the ekg course and has told my nurse manager that i am lying about this. i have been told by management that i will not get a good reference from them.
the last problem i have with this, is that the nurse educator told some of my peers to take me off the schedule. one nurse in particular has had a great time with this. i have felt very betrayed and not sure where to turn next. i think that the nurse educator made a mistake and didn't sign me up for the class. oh, by the way.... one of the ed rn's that was in the class before me took that ekg course twice. hummm.....
any suggestions on travel nursing?