Hi all! This is a little bit of an update for my previous thread:
State Survey, med error and more!
So i finally went to the facility to get things started once again. Like I have said, i asked for a leave for at least 2 weeks, and then called to let them know that i am ready to work again. Things were not written in black and white when I left so i am not sure if that was "official." I just spoke to the administrator (as advised by the company President who knows my story as well), told him the reason why i needed a "break" and he did say OK with no other questions asked.
I had been a diligent worker, though I agree we make mistakes once in a while, unfortunately one of them was caught and a huge issue revolved around it. Honestly, I do believe from the bottom of my heart that for the mere 6 months that I have worked there, I have done a lot better than the rest who had been there longer. This is not to brag, but I know who I am and my superiors tell me so... that i do have the potential of becoming a DON one day, that a lot of my patients rave so much about me, and that I obviously do a lot more than the rest, a lot of times not even getting paid for staying late, a lot of times not even getting a chance to have a break.
I've had personal issues of my own, but as soon as I clock in I make sure that everything that don't belong to work I leave behind. I don't think about my problems to work. I step in the door with a cheerful smile, an alert mind, a fit body and a strong heart. Though nursing is not my first love, I still give it my best shot all the time. However, there are instances when I couldn't make it to work. It's either I don't feel like I am fit to work (sick, worried to death) or I don't have the means to get myself to the facility which is 28 miles from home (another story). Nobody gave me a heads up that I might need to keep an eye of my attendance (there would be times when I ask another nurse to switch sched with me, and they agree with supervisor's and DON's approval). It was only when I spoke to the administrator that I said that I'd like to take a leave because I am going through a lot and would not want to mess up the schedule and that I do not want to call in sick anymore. I was sincerely concerned about them.
Anyway, long story short, I called and I was asked to meet with the administrator, the DON and the supervisor. I was told that 1 more call off and I'd be terminated. (Though I know this was coming, I was never given a verbal warning prior to this. Does this serve the verbal warning now?) That was so cold! Anyway, i told them I would do better with my attendance. But still, i am now left with that kind of fear, and as much as id like to start fresh, i have that kind of feeling that just one miss and i'd totally regret that i went back. please help!
Nov 7, '09
by roser13, ASN
I notice that you're 27 - is this your first job? I ask because it seems possible from your post that you do not have a good understanding of the employer-employee relationship and the expectations that most employers have. For instance, "worried to death" is not an acceptable reason to call in. Nor is lack of transportation. In this climate of more nurses than available nursing jobs positions, someone who has a job needs to be on their toes to keep their position.
I think that (1) you were extremely fortunate that your employer gave you the "break" that you requested (most wouldn't without invoking an official LOA or FMLA); (2) you were equally fortunate, after the employment history that your post implies, that they took you back; and (3) your statement that "i am now left with that kind of fear" may be what saves your job. A little bit of fear/anxiety can be a compelling influence for good and it seems that you now have a better understanding of what it means to be a full-time, responsible employee.
Last edit by roser13 on Nov 7, '09