FIRED I didn't even see it coming , Please advise - page 4

by Ms.MayaRN 14,545 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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    Thank you MommyofMaknchz

    It just seems counter productive and defeats hospitals waste of productivity and cost . I know I was a bit slow but I'm an adult tell me what I need to work on I will fix it and will do it better next time.


    After going thru my orientation I can see the reality of nursing. If your too friendly your burned in the stake if you go above and beyond and are new your creating waves. Is hard to understand the politics but I did get a first hand experience. I am sadded that this happened to me. It's shameful because I never imagine noone does that they will be that one that gets fired let alone seven weeks into orientation.

    My unit was a medical surg w/ a lot of dialysis patients on ESRD.

    I know deep inside is a blessing is disguise but it hurts like salt on a fresh wound.
    Last edit by Ms.MayaRN on Oct 24, '12 : Reason: grammar
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    Hi Penny

    Thank you for sharing.
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    Thank you SC_RNdude

    You are absolutely correct I have gotten excellent words of wisdom and caring, support from everyone here at AN.

    It means a lot to me people whom share their similar stories. One day I will also be sharing this story in a much better place and others will come and read this topic and know it can and does happen.

    I will not include it in my resume that I had a seven week orientation. The funny part is that I had plans to be at this hospital in BK for a minimum of 10 yrs because I was genuinely happy and didn't see any thread of been let go because I never got any verbal, nor written warning.
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    Hi!

    I was fired during my orientation also, and like you, I never thought I'd be writing these words. I had rec. superior preformance reviews from my preceptor, and my educators just 10 days prior. I never saw it coming. And also like you, I was genuinely happy and saw myself there for a long time. (Yes, it was very stressful, but then I think all MS floors are.)

    Once I got over my shock and hurt, I truly think I dodged a bullet. The hospital is a great one, it's just not very good for brand new nurses (imho). And better things are out there for us.

    Hang in there--we'll make this!! (((Ms. Maya, RN)))))
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    Ms.MayaRN, please take this bit of constructive criticism: Brush up on your English writing skills. It may be that a fast-paced unit with a high need for precise communication requires a better command of written English. Your many misspellings and usage errors may be getting in your way.
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    Still, whatever it was, it would have been common courtesy to know. I sure wouldn't want to work for someone who used such a vague and pretty phoney catchphrase...there is a manager who truly doesn't care about you, your life and how that offhand reason has affected you. That was diry and underhanded in my opinion. I'm sure that a truly compassionate manager will think so also. Be up front in your next interview, and honest about your confusion. Admit you think you may have been a little slow administering medications but I think that would be an asset. As a new grad, you are unfamiliar with giving all medications and I would expect you to take the time to look it up and be absolutely sure you understood it, even triple checking the 5 rights, that does take time...and once you give it, you can't take it back. I would chalk it up to an experience, one you will look back on and resolve never to treat someone in that way when you are a manager. You sound caring and concerned, and eager to become a great nurse, a blank slate a good employer would love to mold. Good luck, and remember, not all managers are such dragons.
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    My guess is- you were not being judged on your work ethic, your morals, medical ethics, your skills, you nursing capabilities or knowledge. You were being judged on whether "they" liked you!! Whether you would "fit"in with their little tea party. You were not a good fit to all the other "party go-ers" -the clique, the firm.

    This is what keeps nursing down and will continue to keep nursing down. This is what has allowed other outside influences( business, legal, marketing and any other fly by night people) to come in and dictate our practice. Nursing has no idea now how to take back it's practice and govern themselves and control their professional practice. When ever you see a Nursing person making an attempt to address a legislator- it is a feble attempt, one of a meely mouth who is so lacking in self confidence- they are such an embarassment- they speak with no conviction in their voice and present a pathetic image. Like one of the wooden "weebles toys" that the kids play with. They "weeble" down to their seat, reach for their seat because they are afraid they can't find the chair and will fall on the floor!
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    Hi nursemaddie

    Thank you for sharing. We will make it . I can't stop crying but I know time heals all wounds.

    Your right all MS floors are stressful , but we need to be given a change to proof our worth.

    I know what you mean about dodging the bullet.

    I spoke with a friend of mines an ICU nurse w/ 20 + yrs experience .
    She told me that when she was a preceptor to new nurses usually new grad . If they made a mistake she would state how can we fix it ?
    what can we do so this doesn't happen next time.?

    Once again thank you for sharing.
    Last edit by Ms.MayaRN on Oct 24, '12
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    Thank you GrnTea

    I'm always open to constructive criticism. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
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    Hi ecerrn

    Thanks for you input. Life experiences shape your life and this one is going to have a strong impact in mines. I can let it make me or break me. I will used it to make me.

    Courtesy in life goes a long way. It is a phoney catch phrase. I though because I was at a teaching hospital I was safe but I couldn't farthest from the truth.

    I'm not going to bash the hospital but new nurses who get hired at LICH please be careful when you do your orientation .


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