New grad RN terminated from orientation after 3 weeks on tele unit - page 2
Where do I go from here? My main problem was time management, although I had worked on the unit as a tech and never had any issues. My preceptor left after 1 week on FMLA. I got a new preceptor who... Read More
Apr 11, '13Thanks for the reinforcement. Like you, I've gone through a period of self-doubt and loss of confidence in my abilities and worth as a nurse. After my third interview with no call back, I sort of gave up and have been trying to get motivated again. It's been tough. Each time I read a story that sounds like mine, it gives me a little more hope that someday I will succeed in this profession.
Aug 4, '13I really appreciate all your comments because it like reading my story in parts of every one of them. I had a horrible experience as a new grad in a tele unit. I never felt accepted, I constantly changed preceptors and was criticized daily. When I interviewed, I felt a little unsure because they told me it was a fast-paced environment, but they sold me on the premise that if it didn't work out they would help me find other jobs within the medical center. They also told me to speak up and request a new preceptor if the one I had was not working out. I did and that was the first step that led to my downfall. The old preceptor was upset and insulted. The trainer also was angry with me. I said I wanted to transfer to another unit if possible that might be slower paced. They gave me a list of jobs to apply for, then I was told by HR that I was blocked if I didn't pass through probation. I told them I wanted to stay and make it work. They put me on an "education plan" saying I had to have the maximum number of patients (I was only on my 10th shift at this point), finish all documenation on time (they checked me daily) they didn't have computer charting so to chart on four patients by hand for me was almost painful (writer's cramp), by 10 am, etc. I was able to do all this, to their surprise. They switched me from a preceptor who actually liked me and wanted me to succeed and I did. So I was switched to a different preceptor who was not so kind and reported everything to the managers without letting me know what I needed to improve upon first. It went downhill from there.
I haven't been able to find a job for now almost a year now, but I worked part-time at a per diem job all throughout. Unfortunately, they will not give me more hours at this position because I am there to fill in voids. It's hard to trust or believe anything you hear on interviews, because when you get the job, it all seems to change. I wonder when I will have the chance to be treated fairly and become the nurse that I know I can be.