I quit my first nursing job after 4 days. There I said it!
Several months back after searching for work, I came across a temp agency. Last minute, they decided to offer me a RN temp position as a new grad to be a school nurse. SO it says on paper........ I got very curious why 1) they would take me in as a new grad 2) i don't have the right credentials to be a school nurse ( i'm a RN-BSN). But they reassured me that some school doesn't need the school nurse credentials.
Turns out that after I started the position, its actually a LVN one on one caretaker type position at a school setting for 1 kid. The most intensive task includes suctioning..... The rest is heavy lifting, diaper changing, wiping stool... wiping saliva...sitting and watching the kiddo as the nurse goes to lunch. I don't mind doing these tasks, but it doesn't get more complicated than suctioning. there was clearly no room for me to grow.
I was like a CNA, working under a LVN... I was told it was a RN position when it clearly wasn't. The agency did what they could to earn $$$. the job description clearly did not match. the previous girl lasted 2 weeks and before that turn overs are super high. I've been commuting 2 hours everyday to work for a crappy 2 hours. I got so fed up i just dropped the bomb and quit. On the ride back home, I yelled thank you lord!!!!!!!!!!
After I called the agency and told him I had to leave, they admitted it was like a babysitting job. so he knew already from previous complaints..
i felt like they did false advertisement on the job. really low pay...Just bc theres so many new grads out there, it's wrong for them to just take advantage .. screw you agency. never again. DO NOT EVER GO THAT ROUTE NEW GRADS!
thanks for the replies, even from this experience, I learned that grabbing anything as a new grad isn't the right choice-- even with the limited job out there. The thing is, all the routine total care was fine for me, although if routine tasks is all I do, i'm worried there will be zero room for growth, and zero room to learn. Here's the thing with agency nursing, they will interview you months and months ahead of time. Telling you all these fantastic opportunities that might be available, but may or may not come true. As described on paper, School Nurses actually utilizes the nursing process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care.With that said, I did ask A LOT of questions. They however, had to remain very very vague to not spill too much information out ( in case you decide to go outside on your own to seek this position). So "school nurse" it is.
Then 4 months later, I randomly get a phone call during the evening and the guy tells me to go to work asap tomorrow. Oh by that time, he spills... at a school, name of school, it is a relief position for 2 hours (and convinces me its great experience anyways), the pay is half but its better than nothing. I found out they tell me A LOT A LOT of white lies to get me on board with them. In the beginning, they will promise a job "soon". And soon will become 4 months. Right now he's probably interviewing poor new grads who are exactly in my position 4 -5 months ago, promising a position that will be soon given up by another new grad. ha!
It's true these guys who are assigning you came out with business degree with zero knowledge of health care... im not even sure if they exactly know the difference between CNA vs LVN vs RN. That's why they are making the mistakes of bad assignments. If the position was RN task related, I am learning, I am growing, then 2 hour is fine, half the pay is fine. But if they can't even clarify the difference between a school nurse, and a caretaker 1 on 1 position @ school, then this agency is crap.
Last edit by nurse441 on Jan 23, '10