I have read similar posts that are very similar to the situation that I am going to briefly post about here. I started orientation in Oct 2012 at a large prestigious specialty hospital in NYC. The nature of the floor was challenging for a new grad, I do admit. However, I worked effortlessly. Eventually, the NM decided I was not a good fit and asked me to resign. I had previous years of experience at this hospital in a non nursing position with excellent references of support. I "fought" my way through and bought myself another month on orientation. During this month, I told myself that if my performance did not improve then I should accept that this was not a good start. However, I returned with a comeback. My preceptor, CNS, and coworkers were cheering me on as I increased patient load, discharged, admitted, and overall improved my critical thinking. Unfortunately, the NM had already firmly decided that she did not wish to keep me staffed and ultimately terminated me due to performance just recently. The hospital decided to rehire me into my old non-nursing position as I decide how to move on in my career. My question to you all is, how or should I use this experience on my resume? Should I leave it out?
I graduated in Dec 2011 and had finally begun a nursing job in Oct 2012. Here we are in March 2013 and I am back at square one. I gained loads of valuable experience during these few months in this job that I can equate to a nursing externship and I am grateful I had this start as opposed to none. I can certainly grow from this experience. But it does come up as a red flag for future employers, depending on how I play it out to them. Does anyone have any advice as to how I should talk about this experience? I believe in myself and know that I can handle the acuity somewhere else. I just need to assure future employers that this is true without scaring them away with flat out stating that my NM dropped me from orientation. I also don't plan to bad mouth anyone as that is not professional so it is not my intent. I just want to know how I can carry this along with me? I've never been placed in this position in my life. Should I omit the whole thing? What would you do? I do have many references available to me from this hospital, including 1 from the Nurse Specialist and my preceptor from this floor.
Any sound advice would be appreciated. I'm happy to have this place as an outlet during this rough time. Good luck to everyone trying to get their first year started out there.
Feb 28, '13
Fear of "failing again" haunts me too. I am trying to excise those negative phrases and thoughts from my mind and replace them with more positive ones. This is difficult to do because it comes so naturally to use the self-derogatory terms. But it's a killer of the psyche. I'm also trying to turn the low energy around by making myself do the things that seem too hard and exhausting. Paradoxically, I find energy returning when I start taking positive, productive action (even if it's only sweeping the floor or organizing my paperwork). Getting up in the morning, exercising, having a good breakfast, dressing nicely, doing my hair and makeup...it's amazing the lift I can get from just those simple things. I hope you find strength and support here, as I have.
Last edit by Flatlander on Feb 28, '13
Re: including that job on your resume. I think it's better to include it than to leave it off and be "found out" later. Besides, leaving it off discounts all the experience and learning that you truly did have in that position. I worry about this, too, though, and about how to explain in an interview. I think a prepared statement or two is best without need to go into great detail. Then assertively stick to this line by rephrasing in various ways for all those probing follow-up questions designed to make you elaborate and say something you wish you hadn't.
Some will NOT want to hire you because of your first poor fit, others will be more enlightened, like HouTx above. The worst mistake is to not keep trying and learning in the process... (I say this for myself to hear, too!)
Last edit by Flatlander on Mar 5, '13