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