Am I the only one?! - page 3

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I am a REALLY new RN (worked as a CNA for 2 years in a hospital, graduated nursing school, received RN license NOV 2010, took a break from school/work while NOT working in the field until now). I made the unfortunate mistake of... Read More


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    To "really new rn" -- I sympathize with what you are going through. And I admire your struggle to understand what happened and how your behavior did or didn't contribute to your problem. I think that's all any of us can do -- to try to be honest with ourselves and to adjust our behavior if we are in the wrong. Sometimes apologies or amends are in order if we conclude that we were in the wrong. All the while remembering that no one, no one is perfect.

    Sometimes we are unfairly judged; sometimes **** happens and we never know the real reasons. I, myself, have a tendency to ruminate on this kind of stuff. Best to learn whatever there is to learn and put it behind you, I think. You can apply whatever lessons to your future conduct and interactions with others. I do believe you have hit on an issue that creates discomfort, as evidenced by some of the replies you received. It might be a good topic for discussion on how to handle it when it appears others are not doing their job or are falsifying records. As you've pointed out, it's kind of like stepping into a minefield. As a newbie, you're already a target to some in the workplace, I think. Caution might be the watchword here... and Courage, as well.

    Good luck. Keep us posted!
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    Hi RNitis,
    First off, thanks for the words of encouragement it was really heart felt. I'm still trying to find employment. How are things going for you?
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    Try for new grad residencies. I can't think of any off the top of my head with this stipulation, but at least a few of the places I've looked at have said they will put you in a residency if you have less than a year of experience, not just if you are newly graduated. That would be worth a shot!
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    Quote from Bigmaine33
    Hi RNitis,
    First off, thanks for the words of encouragement it was really heart felt. I'm still trying to find employment. How are things going for you?
    Things are going really well, actually!! At the end of March, I received 3 call backs for positions in which I had applied. I did orientation at all of them. Found one to "not be a good fit", but the other two, I absolutely love!! And the best part..is the LTC I've found to take me under there wing, is absolutely awesome!! Real people, no backstabbing, appropriate orientation and a "put together place". I hear from some that its a horrible place to work, but I don't see that at all! (It may be bc that first position I got was THE WORST place to work!!) So the first job is going great, part time, flexible hours-willing to work around my schedule- and good people, also. The second job is great, understanding of being a new grad and willing to ensure I become a great asset to the team. I couldn't ask for anything else!! Shortly after starting, I received another offer, but had to turn it down. I'm very happy to say I've found my way and can finally get my life back on track after not working for TWO years. And to think, I was ready to give up on nursing altogether. Glad I didn't!!
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    Quote from RNitis

    Things are going really well, actually!! At the end of March, I received 3 call backs for positions in which I had applied. I did orientation at all of them. Found one to "not be a good fit", but the other two, I absolutely love!! And the best part..is the LTC I've found to take me under there wing, is absolutely awesome!! Real people, no backstabbing, appropriate orientation and a "put together place". I hear from some that its a horrible place to work, but I don't see that at all! (It may be bc that first position I got was THE WORST place to work!!) So the first job is going great, part time, flexible hours-willing to work around my schedule- and good people, also. The second job is great, understanding of being a new grad and willing to ensure I become a great asset to the team. I couldn't ask for anything else!! Shortly after starting, I received another offer, but had to turn it down. I'm very happy to say I've found my way and can finally get my life back on track after not working for TWO years. And to think, I was ready to give up on nursing altogether. Glad I didn't!!
    Thank you SO much RNitis, for your honest and direct and thorough report of what you've been thru! I can totally relate! I just left a similar situation after "sticking with it", trying to find a way to like and enjoy, what was actually a miserable job. I was a new grad in 2012, passed my boards in July 2012, and started as an RN right away at an LTC near home. I was actually hired for the Rehab unit, not the LTC unit, but as soon as I started, mgt Cut the staff in half, leaving what most considered to be an unsafe nurse/patient ratio (a few nurses left because of this). I spoke to the DON about this, and she suggested that it might be better for me to work in the LTC (dementia unit), where the ratio was still the same (20-1), but that the patients were more stable than the rehab unit. Anyway, I worked there for 9 months, and just quit 2 weeks ago, because I felt I was being set up to be terminated (my DON insisted that this was not the case, but I just couldn't trust her). This thread has helped me tremendously to see that some crazy situations are commonplace, and that in FTC. I am not alone! And I'm encouraged to hear that you have found work again, and it's nOt horrible...so thank you (all) this post and your responses!
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    I know there is nothing you can do about it now, but if you graduated in 2010 and have never worked as a nurse until now, I, as a hiring manager, would not hire you. You learn about 10% of what you need to know about being a nurse in nursing school. The rest is learned on the job. In order to be safe, you should explore how to refresh your skills in order to be safe. The LTC was wrong for hiring you in the first place. I wish you luck....and I would go talk to a hiring manager in a hospital (not a LTC) and see what recommendations they have for your predicament. GL!
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    But if you only learn 10% in nursing school, then why not hire someone who hasn't worked yet? If the rest is learned on the job, then you have the opportunity to mold that nurse into whatever you need them to be. I thought I learned a lot more in nursing school but I learned so much more on the job. I'm in behavioral health so I guess my skills wouldn't tempt a hiring manager.
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    Quote from megank5183
    I know there is nothing you can do about it now, but if you graduated in 2010 and have never worked as a nurse until now, I, as a hiring manager, would not hire you. You learn about 10% of what you need to know about being a nurse in nursing school. The rest is learned on the job. In order to be safe, you should explore how to refresh your skills in order to be safe. The LTC was wrong for hiring you in the first place. I wish you luck....and I would go talk to a hiring manager in a hospital (not a LTC) and see what recommendations they have for your predicament. GL!
    I was in orientation with 2 other new grads (both from different schools than I. After a month of us all working, I am doing the best in transitioning into the field and I recall more information than they are able to. So, u "being a hiring manager who would not hire me" based on me not being in school for 2 years, would've passed up on a great employee. I'm glad I came across the manager I did and I'm sure she's glad to have made a good judgement call that'll be worth the risk in the end. By the way, do u work in a hospital or LTC? What's ur turnover rate?


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