Quote from newrn05
I have been an aide for years and have dreamed of being an RN. I just can't seem to keep a job as a nurse. I lost my first one because I did not take my state boards in time so that was my fault. My second one I was told I was not competent. My third one I just lost today. The last two all they have told me was I was just not getting it. When I have asked for specific information so that I can learn from it all I get is the managemtn talking in circles. They say stuff like the staff say you are just not getting it. They do not give me any information to go on. I am very angry at myself and frustrated. This last one I was only one month into a 4 month orientation. I know a few of the things I have done wrong and those are personal mistakes. THey all seem to be personal issue mistakes. A few are clinical. The one job lsot was critical care and they told me I was not competnet. Ok. I was not cut out for critical care but I am competent. Help me guys. I have worked so hard and I am about to go out and get a job at McDonalds. Dawn
Maybe you are the type of person that it just takes longer to get it. You made it through school, that is a huge success and a lot of good people don't make it to graduation so you know you've got some brains! And being an aide, you've got some experience...
Can you talk to HR at your old job and ask for specifics so that you know where to brush up on? Be really honest and say you need this to learn from and that you're not trying to get your job back, you're just trying to move forward. I know there are RN refresher courses at some community colleges for nurses who have been out of the job market awhile. Maybe you could take one of those.
And last but not least, critical care??? sheesh, give yourself a break! there are a ton of experienced floor nurses who couldn't handle and wouldn't want to handle critical care nursing. Start somewhere more basic maybe? There are many options out there in nursing.
Don't give up! I really think you'll find your niche!