You will be able to find a new job, but it is a tough job market right now as you have already figured out. It is common to be fired from a first nursing job. Orientations are never long enough and then you have to float. I was fired from my first job as well: The patient, an 89 year old male, was found expired by me, and i was fired because i did not call a code blue when i found him. I went out to the nursing station and asked if he was a dnr. I was reported and fired on the spot. It was a noc position. I had 2 days of orientation, then let on my own with six high acuity patients. Next day i called a hospital outpatient surgery department, spoke to the manager, and was immediately hired for pre-op. It was a great job. All i did was insert ivs, do h & ps, and recovered some of the patients--that was before hospitals started requiring all these certs. You could do hospice or home health, endoscopy or outpatient. Hospital nursing is a nightmare, but, unfortunately, that is where the bulk of the nurses are needed right now. It is hard to find cushy nursing jobs
in ambulatory, outpatient, endo, post-partum, hospice, or home health without some med-surg experience. You can now start out at LTCs; you will get plenty of experience giving many po meds and insulin. Don't feel bad--nursing is very cut-throat. Do not mention this job loss on your resume; apply for unemployment online immediately-- if you are honest about why you were fired and that you did not get a chance to explain to management how overwhelmed you felt, you can still get unemployment in the meantime.