Fired from first job. Now what???

  1. 0 Hello All.

    I am a new LPN (Aug 2013) and was recently hired at a LTC facility. After four weeks into my orientation period, I was fired for not completing treatments. During the same time the state survey was conducted and the facility received a flag related to treatment issues. I have accepted responsibility for my actions, learned from this experience and now want to move on.

    I'm just not sure how to handle this job on a resume/application or in interviews. I did learn a lot and gained some valuable experience, but since I was employed for only a month I am not sure what to do. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks so much!
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  3. Visit  TrulyBlessed13 profile page

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    Joined Aug '13; Posts: 13; Likes: 7.

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  4. Visit  Saiderap profile page
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    Quote from TrulyBlessed13
    Hello All.

    I am a new LPN (Aug 2013) and was recently hired at a LTC facility. After four weeks into my orientation period, I was fired for not completing treatments. During the same time the state survey was conducted and the facility received a flag related to treatment issues. I have accepted responsibility for my actions, learned from this experience and now want to move on.

    I'm just not sure how to handle this job on a resume/application or in interviews. I did learn a lot and gained some valuable experience, but since I was employed for only a month I am not sure what to do. Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks so much!
    I think sometimes it helps to work for a nursing agency and to have only one patient at a time. It also helps because you can have more control over how much work is piled on you.
  5. Visit  Needles McGee, SN profile page
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    WHY would you not complete treatments!?!
    popmode77, LadyFree28, HarryTheCat, and 2 others like this.
  6. Visit  TrulyBlessed13 profile page
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    That is not the whole story, but I did not include the related details as I did not think it was necessary.

    If you have any advice on whether or not this experience should be included on my resume or applications, it would be greatly appreciated.
    CrazyGoonRN likes this.
  7. Visit  ProfRN4 profile page
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    Quote from TrulyBlessed13
    That is not the whole story, but I did not include the related details as I did not think it was necessary. If you have any advice on whether or not this experience should be included on my resume or applications, it would be greatly appreciated.
    It probably is necessary. Most posters answers will depend on the reason you were fired, and whether or not you choose to Honestly disclose that on furniture applications or interviews.m you were there for four weeks and still on orientation. It seems a bit premature to me,t hat they would make a decision to let you go Without any sort of warning or remediation.
    LadyFree28, HarryTheCat, sapphire18, and 1 other like this.
  8. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    Were you signing off that you DID do treatments when you really did not, or just flat out didn't do them. Because one is FAR worse than the other
    LadyFree28 likes this.
  9. Visit  TrulyBlessed13 profile page
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    During the first three weeks of my orientation another nurse completed the treatments. At the end of the 3rd week, the treatments were shifted to me and I began doing them at the beginning of my fourth week. Problem is that no one had signed off on anything for a week, so I did. It was a mistake and very poor judgement on my part. The state came in, found some issues, gave the facility a flag and I was fired.
    Hopefully this provides enough info to give me some advice. I just did not want to sound like I was finger pointing or not taking responsibility. Thanks for understanding.
  10. Visit  middleagednurse profile page
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    NEVER chart something that you didnt do.
    LadyFree28, RN59217, and HarryTheCat like this.
  11. Visit  middleagednurse profile page
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    LTCs love to fire people. Just hope the next interviewer is understanding. Mention that you learned a hard lesson and you will do better next time.
  12. Visit  CaffeineJunky profile page
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    Quote from middleagednurse
    LTCs love to fire people.
    I totally agree with this. But always need to hire more people.

    But, to answer the question. I would be honest in the interview if asked.
  13. Visit  TrulyBlessed13 profile page
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    Thank you all for your responses, they have been helpful.

    If asked, I will be honest about what happened.

    Thanks again!
  14. Visit  GARY_FL_NURSE profile page
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    What kind of facility would fire a NEW nurse after only 4 weeks on the job for failure to do treatments? Geez doesn't sound like a LTC facility I wanna work at!!

    Whether or not you wanna put this facility on your resume is optional but if you don't you have to be able to explain the "down" time from when you got your license til now. My old expression is if you can't dazzle them with brilliance then you gotta baffle them with BS. So you could possibly state you had unexpected family health issues that you wanted to resolve before starting a job in nursing. It is a little white lie? Sure it is but who cares.

    In 12+ years in nursing once or twice I worked briefly at nasty facilities and quit shortly after hire but did NOT list them on my resume.

    Depending on the new facility where you apply and how the DON or management are there will depend on whether or not they give you a chance if you come clean and tell them about the job you were fired from. So it's kind of an iffy proposition either way you go.

    Personally if it were me, I would not put this place on my resume. I would fill in the gap of time with some plausible reason why I have not started working as a nurse yet.
  15. Visit  sunshyne17 profile page
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    Unfortunately you were the scape goat. They got dinged and some one had to take the fall for it.

    I agree with the previous poster "NEVER sign off what you did not do." Sometimes you will have people who will tell you, threaten you to, guilt you to - doesn't matter. Click off what you did. Hand off to the next shift what you were not able to or didn't know how to.

    No one likes to do someone else's work. But you were new so it was a good reason.

    Definitely be upfront when asked. Be confident and explained to the interviewer exactly how you explained to us. GL


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