leaving my first job after 3 months due to bullying - page 2
Hi all, I am a new grad-passed nclex one month ago, graduated in December. The job market here is tight, so I took a job in LTC. I had heard positive things about the position, and thought it would be a good start for me... Read More
- 1Mar 15, '12 by Wise Woman RNI'm right there with ya. I am not a new nurse, by any means, but thought maybe I could try LTC again. So, I get 3 days orientation. Then, I am on 3 different units. Don't know where anything is... the med cart is a mess. Don't know any of the residents, the care aides are nowhere to be found. So, med pass takes me more than 3 hours. 4 admissions came in. Don't know ANY of the paperwork. Don't get me wrong, the nurses there were very nice and supportive, but they don't have a lot of time either.. The thing is, they asked me to pick up a shift on my day off, and I went in... bad move... the oncoming nurse was left a lot of stuff... but I was not going to stay at work for a week continuously to finish.. I can hardly move this am, the pain is intense. Treatments?? Pffft... Not waking the residents at midnight to put cream on their butts... I just CANNOT fathom how the nurses do it and remain sane.. My brain is dead. I am still working in the hospital as well, and that is just as bad anymore, with writeups and veiled threats from management if I don't toe the line, which is written in sand and changes arbitrarily.. Sad what the corporations do to our old folks... and our dedicated talented nurses... Hang in there, hope things will get much better for you...
- 1Mar 15, '12 by shun85WOW! Sounds exactly like my first nursing experience (only that I'm a LPN). My first nursing job was at a LTC facility. I felt extremely overwhelmed & stressed. I too found myself not doing certain nursing tasks such as assessments, thoroughly f/u with complaints, being late with med passes etc. due to there being sooo many patients. Since it was my first nursing job, I felt obligated to stick it out until things "got better". Well 2 years later,,, they didnt. My advice to you would be to leave. Its better to keep your sanity AND your license, than to risk it all. If i knew now, what i should have known then, I wouldnt have stayed as long. Now that I'm no longer there, Ive realized that I was putting my license at great risk. Two weeks after i left, STATE arrived to the facility off of a complaint. to make a long story short, some nurses were suspended, placed on probation and fired from the facility (many who were nursing supervisors). Now their licenses are in jeopardy. Im soooooo glad i dodged that bullet!! DONT RISK IT.
- 0Mar 15, '12 by Been there,done thatThis is beyond bullying... although that plays a part.
The staff is so over-worked, stressed out and demeaned by the working conditions ... they are turning on each other.
I cannot fathom why you have been told not to report serious signs and symptoms such as TIA and pneumonia. How would one be able to sleep at night?
Go... don't look back, there is no where to go but up!
(please consider reporting this facility)
- 0Mar 15, '12 by mikeicurnAh, I was wondering who got my old job. :-)
I worked there as an LPN before getting my RN and moving onto the hospital. It was good experience, but I was so glad to get out of there. The med passes took forever. I would come in and immediately fly through my assessments and charting, because the second half of the shift was all about getting morning meds out. I would start pulling my meds shortly after midnight, and start my pass hours early. All the time praying I didn't have to send out a resident, or have one confused that I had to spend much time with. I worked with a bunch of LPN's that had big chips on their shoulders and would lament to me about how lazy and overpaid the RN's were, until I became an RN, then they just stopped talking to me at all. So, I had to leave there. And it sounds like you do to. I know the job market is tight, but there are jobs out there. Just network, pursue every opportunity, and hopefully something better will open up. Not all LTC's are like the one you described, but many are. Now this experience will better prepare you for next time, and you will know what questions to ask, and when to run away after the interview, and when to stay.
Good luck and God bless.
- 0Mar 15, '12 by Allie911I agree to leave and not risk your license. It definately gets a lot better than that!! Please consider reporting the facility. As a compliance officer, it sure sounds like they are far out of compliance and putting their residents at risk. There are whistleblower laws that would protect you if you report them in good faith.
- 2Mar 15, '12 by Rohan8The unfortunate fact about most LTCs is that they exist for 1 reason. To make money. To them if they can get by with one less nurse then that is one less salary that they have to pay, and more profit for the company. If there is a lawsuit then the nurse is probably the easiest person to replace and the one with the most liability. As long as you have a license you can work. As long as you work in a dysfunctional enviorment you are at risk for losing your license. Thats kind of the way I see it. I loved the interaction with residents in LTC, but I wouldn't work in one unless I was desperate. The liability is just to great.
- 1Mar 15, '12 by pat8585I am sad to read this thread but not surprised. I worked as a CNA in a LTC
and it was horrible! I was new , the old timers found fault with EVERYTHING i did and
I was getting called in by the DON for this that and the other. NOTHING i did was right!
I don't know why my snotty coworkers expected me to have the same speed as someone who had
worked there over 20 years.
I moved on and have never once missed the place, but I have place in my heart for the elderly!
I sometimes think of changing jobs to work in LTC or assisted living, But quite frankly, fear the crappy work environment.
- 0Mar 15, '12 by zorabanksOP I am so sorry that you are experiencing this type of behavior, esp as a new nurse. I recently left a job in SNF because of crazy nurse managers. It is not uncommon esp. SNF and LTC. Get out of there as soon as you can! Your health and sanity is more important. I hope that you don't give up on nursing all together. Try to find a job in a hospital, rehab hospital, home health, somewhere that you will gain skills. However, no matter where you go in nursing you may find that 1 person who is a total butt. So, grow thick skin and try not to let the idiots get to you. God Bless!
- 0Mar 15, '12 by irish6363This is a sad example of the pathetic situation of our profession and the daily encounters we all to some degree have to live with. There is no real solution until there is a "zero Tolerance for intimidation/bullying" attitude from all management in place. You have to first assess your financial situation and decide if you can go without that income until something else comes along or live within this situation, which is real bad. The scary part is this is rampant and you may encounter it elsewhere too, so perhaps you should try to think that "it is better the devil you know than the one you don't" The worst part is alot of these people that bully would never do this in any other situation its as if they feel powerful/safety in the arena of the unit they are in. I am so sorry, but maybe you can move on and really focus on just leaving. I know it is so easy to give advice unless you are living this.