FIRED I didn't even see it coming , Please advise - page 3

by Ms.MayaRN 14,523 Views | 52 Comments

I'm a new grad graduated Jan 2012 hired into a Med Surge position in a level 2 hospital in Brooklyn. one week left to be on my own and completing my 8 week orientation I get fired. I didn't see it coming, never got written up ,... Read More


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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Sadly in New York State IIRC the first three months are considered probation status and thus one can be terminated for any or no reason. The important thing is you weren't let go for cause and while this doesn't lessen the sting it is good for you in the long run.
    I think that's the case anywhere, during the probationary period. THat is precisely the purpose of probation.
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    Hi Penny

    Your absolutely right. It's 24 hrs after my termination and I just feel so sad but one of my mentors states the same " don't waste my time trying to apply logic to their actions" just move on.
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    Hey Gil

    That's what has me so befuddled I was good enough to fill the position. I was already handling the workload a bit slow but as you state that is new for new grad even experience nurses depending on what's going on in the floor can and do fall behind.

    one thing I want to share with others that I learn the hard way.
    Please don't go above and beyond because that puts you in the radar.
    Last edit by Ms.MayaRN on Oct 23, '12 : Reason: updating
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    hi Nursel56 ,

    Crunch, Itsmejuly, and Goodmorning Gil are all right getting an honest feedback would be ideal but that is not the real world. If the NM wanted me to improved , it would had been stated to me or brought to my attention not fired without a warning, or cause.

    Thank you Nursel56 for your good wishes . I know is a blessing is disguise but it hurts .
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    Thank you all for your suggestions, support, and kind words. I'm sorry that I can't reply to your private messages because I don't have 15 posts .
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    Keep in mind you have a legal right to see your employee file. I'm not sure if you can have copies you can see it which means you can see everything that was written about you. It could be that they didn't like your bedside manner, too friendly not enough, too fast or slow. It could be that your personality didn't mix well with the others. I have a friend that was let go in her probationary period as well from a major hospital for too much detail in her charting! How is that possible?!?! They told her after she read it that it was too time consuming for the next nurse coming on because it had information that wasn't pertinent. As others have said its a blessing in disguise and one day you'll see why. Good luck to you!
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    Quote from Mommyofmaknchz
    Keep in mind you have a legal right to see your employee file. I'm not sure if you can have copies you can see it which means you can see everything that was written about you. It could be that they didn't like your bedside manner, too friendly not enough, too fast or slow. It could be that your personality didn't mix well with the others. I have a friend that was let go in her probationary period as well from a major hospital for too much detail in her charting! How is that possible?!?! They told her after she read it that it was too time consuming for the next nurse coming on because it had information that wasn't pertinent. As others have said its a blessing in disguise and one day you'll see why. Good luck to you!
    Once, I was on a travel assignment in Baltimore, and the staff nurses had an issue with me from the start. Reason: I had my own stethoscope.

    Some of the phrases directed at me:
    "Gee, aren't you just the boyscout RN coming in all prepared with the high tech equipment."
    "What? Are you trying to pretend you are a doctor or something now?"
    "Why would you buy that? You will never be reimbursed for it. I only buy whatever it takes to be in compliance with the uniform policy. They don't pay enough for frills like that."

    Shortly after I was off orientation (lasted two weeks, the average orientation time for travel RNs), I was informed I would be charge nurse for the majority of my shifts. Then, there was a staff meeting in which the staff nurses were told they were not conducting proper assessments. One Nursing Supervisor quipped "All but one of you don't even have stethoscopes. How are you assessing lung sounds and heart rhythms? Do you put your ear up to their chest or something?"

    The comments directed at me intensified for a couple days, then died out as the administration started nailing people for poor documentation and for being out of uniform (no stethoscope).

    I did not renew my contract at that facility.
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    I am sorry about the loss of your job. During the exit interview, the NM should have explained the reasoning behind the termination. If he or she could not clarify "not a good fit", look at it as experience under your belt. As others have posted, there may be other reasons behind letting you go, such as budget cuts for the department, overhiring of staff, personal preference, not enough resources available to assist you in the learning experience of an RN, the possibilities are endless.

    Keep plugging away submitting apps to facilities and departments of interest. Mourn the job loss, and move forward. Be the best nurse that you can be!
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    I'm so sorry this happened. Take a few days off for yourself then get back out there and keep looking. You may have just dodged a bullet. Some things that happend leaves us confused, and hurt. You may not even get the closure you wish to have. Just know that there is something out there better for you.
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    You have received some really good words of wisdom here and advice.

    However, with regards to your resume, I don't understand those who basically say "some experience is better then none".

    I'm not a nurse recruiter or nurse manager, but:

    1)I don't think anyone is going to consider 7 weeks of orientation for a new grad as anything meaningful.
    2)They probably have many others applying for the same position as you, so why would they take a chance of someone who either quit or was fired after 7 weeks?

    There is a risk either way you do it, but I see the bigger one is including this experience on your resume. Still, I would be prepared to answer questions that will come up in an interview if they do find out about it.

    I have a feeling you were meant for a different job, and you will be better off in the long run. Good luck!


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