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

  1. 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 , or discipline .
    only reason stated was "not a good fit"

    Please give me some insight. I am confused.
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    About Ms.MayaRN

    Joined: Sep '12; Posts: 30; Likes: 9
    RN; from US
    Specialty: MED SURG, OB/GYN


  3. by   liveyourlife747
    All they said was "not a good fit"? I would kind of be leery on staying if they only give you that reasoning for firing without write ups. Maybe try to see if you could sit down with the manager and talk about ways you can improve and ask why they felt you weren't fit for that unit.
  4. by   Palliative Care, DNP
    I wouldn't even waste one moment speaking with the manager about the whys of not fitting. Chalk it off as simply not working out and keep plugging away. If you are asked in another interview be honest and say unfortunately I was advised that I was simply not a good fit for that particular position. Go out and find what does fit and look at this as a blessing in disguise as there may be things that you would not have liked there.
  5. by   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.

    Not a good fit is a catch-all phrase that can mean anything from someone didn't like the looks of you to your training/education/experience just wasn't working for the employer and all that falls in between.

    Assuming the hospital will give you a good reference just get back out there and start looking for another gig. Not being a good fit is not something to be ashamed of nor can your now previous employer tell you one thing but potential ones another when or if contacted to check references. Also ask your previous hospital if they will keep you in mind for other positions that may open up. Just because one NM didn't think you'd work out in her department does not mean everyone else will feel the same way.

    Huggs and Good Luck!
  6. by   MajesticRN
    As a new grad, I know it will hit you really bad.
    But as someone with similar experience, I will say it is a huge blessing in disguise. I was asked to go couple of shifts before the end of my orientation, I thought the world will end, guess what? I got a BETTER job with 20% raise, very flexible, and family friendly. It might not soon, keep praying, have faith, and be patient.
  7. by   Ms.MayaRN
    Thank you all for the replies.

    Liveyourlive I never though I would be the one to get the phrase "not a good fit" but I also believe once a mind is made up you can't change it. The worse part is let go for nothing.

    Mom To 4. I agree with you I won't speak with the manager is done, and I am a firm believer in blessings in disguise but we all here other nurses get fired for "not being a good fit" but we never think it would touch us. I will chalk it off and keep moving.
  8. by   Ms.MayaRN

    Your right been let go for not a good fit doesn't lessen the sting but I am going to carry it with my head high that is good for me in the long run.

    I was told It would be best not too included this experience in my references or to update my resume. If I wasn't a good fit why would I believe you going to care for my behalf.
  9. by   Ms.MayaRN

    Thank you so so much. It is really hard as a new grad especially in any of the five borough in new york city.

    I would literally wake up everyday and be grateful I was at the bedside.
    I am still grateful at least I work for almost two months but it hurts, because you believe that if you do right you will be fine.

    I glad things worked out for you thank you for sharing your story. I will keep praying , having faith and being patient.
  10. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Quote from Ms.MayaRN

    Your right been let go for not a good fit doesn't lessen the sting but I am going to carry it with my head high that is good for me in the long run.

    I was told It would be best not too included this experience in my references or to update my resume. If I wasn't a good fit why would I believe you going to care for my behalf.
    Well yes that is one way to look at things, but then again it also removes those several weeks of experience which no matter how short are just that from your resume.

    Being released before completing orientation is not new or totally uncommon. Again you didn't *kill* anyone or make any major nursing/med errors, well nothing that was brought to your attention anyway. You showed up to work on time and gave 100%, which is all anyone can ask.

    So maybe you keep the stint off your resume, but if asked about recent experience at an interview consider how you'll respond. Again it helps if your previous hospital and yourself are on the same page. Most former employers including hospitals will tell you what they are going to say in response to reference requests. If you have any *friends* in the HR department ask them how things are with your file.

    Again being dismissed for "no reason" whilst still new happens. People in position of hiring new nurses know this and know what questions to ask (and how to find out) if you did something unprofessional and or whatever. OTHO if the place you left is a hellhole known for churing through new graduates then that is taken into account as well.
  11. by   nurse2033
    That sucks. I would however, try to figure out how read the "radar" a little better at your next job. I'm sure there were signs, you just didn't see them, not that that helps you now. Dust yourself off and get back on the horse. This career is full of ups and downs. Good luck.
  12. by   Ms.MayaRN
    That's the sting been told not a good fit and not given a reason . Although it happens you don't want it to happen to you because I don't want to sound as poor me because I am not. I wish there the issue would had been brought to my attention.

    I was aware that I was a bit late on my medication administration but as a new nurse in a med surge unit that has constant patients in and out of the unit to MRI, CT , etc I would had gotten better with time management as I become more experience.

    I do not believe I did something unprofessional to my knowledge.
  13. by   Ms.MayaRN
    I'm sure there where signs but I didn't pick up on any because I was never brought to my attention. If I have to pick a sign as to reading the radar or the culture . I would say everyone was too nice .
  14. by   MPKH
    I know it stings that you were let go without any warning. But you know what? It does get better, and I speak that with personal experience.

    My first job out of school was in a rural town. I worked there for about a month and was let go. Reason being that the facility there just didn't have the staff or time or resource to accommodate a new grad...that and I was slow at doing things. So it was the same old "not a good fit" reason. I was down; but I KNEW I had to move on. And move on I did. I soon found another job in another rural site that was more accommodating to new staff, and I quickly learned to get a routine going. I worked there for about 10 months, and managed to get a full time position back in the city.

    So, moral of the story: Things do get better. Now update your resume (I would leave the experience you had on--SOME experience beats NOTHING), practice how you're going to answer the dreaded "Why did you leave your previous employer", and rock your next job hunting sessions.

    Good luck!