Fired from my med/surg job after almost 3 years - page 4

I was on vacation last week and came back to work my shift at the hospital 7p-7a on Sunday night. I was informed Sunday afternoon that I had been suspended and not to come into work. I was told... Read More

  1. Visit  Ruthfarmer} profile page
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    Quote from Chin up
    It is sad, nursing is dangerous when on vacation. I have worked in places, that fire nurses, when they return from vacation. At one place, I was told soon after orientation by the staff, never take a vacation, you will find you do not have a job, when you come back. They went on, they start talking about you and since you are not in the building, you are unable to defend yourself, and soon look guilty...unfair, but it happens.
    I have seen this termination upon return from vacation (or days off) phenomenon, also. If they were compelled to fire a person, they could do it before the person goes on vacation and spends money they will be needing to live on while unemployed! But, that would be too much to expect.
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  3. Visit  KeechieSan} profile page
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    oops, wrong thread
    Last edit by KeechieSan on May 22, '11 : Reason: oops, wrong thread!
  4. Visit  thirdborn333} profile page
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    i agree with the other posters, i absolutely would not submit a letter of resignation. human resources will show that letter to the employment security commission, and your claim for unemployment benefits will be denied!!! if they're claiming that they'll give you a good reference for future employers then they'll do that whether you receive unemployment or not. the employers seeking references will speak to your direct clinical supervisor, or nurse manager, not human resources who handle unemployment claims. so, just make a wise decision!!!
  5. Visit  NP_student} profile page
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    What a horribly unfair situation. That sucks. Sometimes I don't understand this profession. Nurses (including mgmt) can be horrible to one another.

    Personally, I would rather submit my letter of resignation. If you are fired, you will have to state "yes" to the question "have you ever been fired?" on future job applications. That could affect you for many years. It will not be difficult to find another job, so there is really no reason to collect unemployment.
  6. Visit  gettingbsn2msn} profile page
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    I am the OP of this thread. Thank you very much to everyone who posted and helped me get through this. I am possibly looking at registry or a travel assignment. I really do not want to get sucked back in to hospital politics again. Yes, I loved my coworkers but I cannot put myself into a position where if I loose my job, then I do not socialize with my nurse friends anymore. I would suggest people think about this. Loosing your job is bad enough but loosing your support system is horrible. Side note: I moved here for this job so really they were the only people I knew well. Don't ever do this to yourself! Blessings to everyone!
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  7. Visit  exnavygirl-RN} profile page
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    This seems to be happening a lot lately...and to awesome nurses. It's scary. I'm so sorry this is happening to you.
  8. Visit  gettingbsn2msn} profile page
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    For the record, I did apply for unemployment benefits.
    trixie333, kcmylorn, ncbutterfly, and 1 other like this.
  9. Visit  canesdukegirl} profile page
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    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    I am the OP of this thread. Thank you very much to everyone who posted and helped me get through this. I am possibly looking at registry or a travel assignment. I really do not want to get sucked back in to hospital politics again. Yes, I loved my coworkers but I cannot put myself into a position where if I loose my job, then I do not socialize with my nurse friends anymore. I would suggest people think about this. Loosing your job is bad enough but loosing your support system is horrible. Side note: I moved here for this job so really they were the only people I knew well. Don't ever do this to yourself! Blessings to everyone!
    Get your apps to the travel companies as SOON AS YOU CAN. They are heavily recruiting right now. I had 3 calls just yesterday from different companies wanting me to return to the travel business. If you complete them NOW, you will serve two purposes:

    1. You will be putting yourself to work by completing these applications (it can be tedious) and feel that you are doing SOMETHING instead of becoming more and more depressed/angry/sad.

    2. You will be ahead of the game and "sticking it to the Man" (sorry, I just finished watching School of Rock) by getting your applications finished and turned in before that sorry, spineless, two-faced Nurse Manager realizes that you aren't going to be sitting at home wringing your hands and writing draft after draft of the resignation letter that she so desperately wants you to turn in.

    List the human resources number instead of your supervisor's number on your applications. I would be willing to bet that if the hospital is run as badly as it seems to all of us, they won't have any idea what is going. Chances are your supervisor is awaiting your resignation letter before alerting the HR department.

    Jump on those apps now!

    Keep your head held high. You did NOTHING to warrant being fired.
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  10. Visit  kcmylorn} profile page
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    I too have got numerous calls ( and e-mails) from travel agencies want me to come back for travel assignments.(Favorite, onward, on assignment, progressive, american mobile) anyone know what's up with this?
  11. Visit  singleumm} profile page
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    I went through something similar with the agency I worked with. They decided to put me on "inactive" status for something very stupid. So I was not able to get the double time for Easter. I was ****** off and depressed because I REALLY needed the money.

    You are not alone. Just have yourself a good cry and go on careerbuilder.com to search for another job. If I were you, I would turn in the resignation letter.
  12. Visit  tobesmartt} profile page
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    Omg? I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers are with you. Understandable the fear, upset,humility,etc. Just renew your licensed when time is up. My employer say I will be terminated if licensed is not renewed by the end of the month. I have been having difficulty with fingerprinting process. Because I procrastinated mailed it late, late late. I have serious troubles. I am praying ,everything and to make matters even more worse Mond is a holiday. I could really kick myself. I am very hard on me. Stupid me. So, just keep your licensed up to date. YOU will get another job. Let me go cry and ask God for help again.
  13. Visit  MtnRN} profile page
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    Quote from Ruthfarmer
    There is NO benefit to you in writing a letter of resignation. It would only serve to harm you.

    File for unemployment and be prepared for your claim to be denied and be prepared to appeal the denial. Hopefully you will find another position sooner than later, because if unemployment is as meager in your state as it is in Louisiana ($247 per week and less than that in Mississippi), your days unemployed will be difficult.

    The main thing I want so desperately to impart to you is this: Damn good nurses get fired EVERYDAY for NO good reason. Innumerable false "reasons" are given for firing them. The actual reasons have to do with baser aspects of human nature, such as supervisors who feel threatened by competent employees. Organizations that cultivate dishonest atmosphere where cutting corners and falsifying records are threatened by employees who demonstrate integrity.

    It is a wretched thing to be fired for no GOOD reason from a job you have enjoyed and done well. The wretchedness is compounded by the super difficult economic problems our country is facing.

    Keep your head up and carry yourself with pride and dignity. Be prepared for people to be make unflattering assumptions about you solely on the basis of your having been fired. Be prepared to be rejected for employment because you have been fired. Keep in mind that the organizations that reject you are probably not organizations that you really want to work for anyway. Keep your head up.

    This is not a fun or happy situation to experience. I know you must be fiercely disappointed right now. Disappointment can weigh so heavily that it feels like failure. It is not failure.

    As trite as it sounds, this can be a time for tremendous personal growth. You can find yourself utterly devastated and you can stay defeated and distraught OR you can pause and try to see just what you can learn from this situation. All you can do is all you can do. You can do nothing more. What's meant to be will be. Things will work out for you.

    Yes, this is the voice of experience talking to you.
    I like another nurse here on the forum, was a victim of Mission Hospitals in Asheville, NC after 10 years of devoted service. Approaching age 50 and having some chronic health problems,and under a lot of stress due to a sick elderly parent, loss of another parent, and going through a divorce. I too was constantly "in the hot seat" and written up for penny ante stuff and finally terminated. However when I applied for unemployment, I was denied benefits, I was told by the employment security commission that Mission told then I had not renewed my nursing license and let it lapse. This is totally false. I have proof from the board. I had renewed my license on time and Mission has this cocamamie policy of having you renew it a month or so ahead of time. My birthmonth falls in a month with 3 or 4 bank holidays in it. I renewed online after I got home from work the day before the deadline but the next 4 days were bank holidays and the BON and banks were closed so 1. my debit card did not clear till tuesday and 2. the BON website shows I renewed on time but "cant be official since debit has not cleared bank" (due to holiday of course) I couldnt pay earlier, because I had to pay my mortgage and my auto insurance. Now thanks to them I have been without a Job since June. (and I renewed in Feb,) and only $10 to my name and not a single job offer, I have must have applied for 50-75 jobs. Another nurse was done this way 18 mos ago and she hasnt found work yet and neither has another in 2 years. Something fishy is going on up on the hill! (also I am pro union and they knew it and I also knew about unsafe practices going on also)
  14. Visit  Been there,done that} profile page
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    There was a reason you were let go. Your manager gave you a directive and you did not follow it.

    Whether the policy itself does not make sense, or you forgot... you did not follow her directive.
    That won't be tolerated in any facility. The peons would then be running the show.

    I agree it stinks, but if you look at it from administrations point of view, you may be able to make some sense of it.
    Personally I would have resigned, anything but have a termination on my record. The measly unemployment would not be worth that mark on my employment record.

    Sounds like you are getting right back on the horse.. that is exactly what you need and kudos to you.


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