Got fired today - page 2

Well, tomorrow will be the first day in almost a decade that I will wake up and have nowhere that I need to be. I got kicked out to the curb today. Fired. Canned. Terminated. I've been busting my... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    <(I was the resident care manager) or in any capacity, though they did tell me I was re-hireable if I were to get my medical and emotional problems (read: depression)>

    They fired you for having medical problems? I dont think thats allowed. Whatever happened to medical leave?
  2. by   emily_mom
    I can't give you any greater advice than what has already been posted. It's difficult to give 110% and still not have that be enough. Take some time to yourself...it sounds like you haven't had that for awhile. Maybe talk to a counselor....maybe go on vacation...maybe do nothing. But, in whatever you decide to do, you know now what you don't want from a job. Hugs to you!!!!

    Kristy
  3. by   GPatty
    God bless you, mjl.
    You'll find something soon....something better.....
    Have faith!
    Julie
  4. by   -jt
    <Maybe talk to a counselor....go on vacation>

    and then Id talk to a labor lawyer - tell him the whole story and see if I had a case for wrongful termination or discrimination (medical) - if so, that employer may have to pay you your salary in back wages lost from the day they fired you for your medical condition up to the day your case is settled.

    You can still go away quietly, take the opportunity to rest and find other avenues of employment, still look at the whole thing as "a window opening", and move on to a whole new life, but just because you do that, doesnt mean this employer should be able to get away with doing you wrong.

    It may be that you dont have a case and if so then theres no harm done in getting the legal advice. But if do have a case, why not take what you are owed?
    Last edit by -jt on Dec 10, '02
  5. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    That's happened to me before, and that sucks.......................................until you realize that it just boils down to inept management. No doubt there were things management could have done to make it someplace that you would want to work in, that would make you feel valued to be part of.

    They don't deserve such a good person.

    Enjoy your time off.

    Spend some mad money.

    Go back to work when you're good and darn ready to.:kiss
  6. by   eltrip
    Originally posted by -jt
    <Maybe talk to a counselor....go on vacation>

    and then Id talk to a labor lawyer - tell him the whole story and see if I had a case for wrongful termination or discrimination (medical) - if so, that employer may have to pay you your salary in back wages lost from the day they fired you for your medical condition up to the day your case is settled.

    You can still go away quietly, take the opportunity to rest and find other avenues of employment, still look at the whole thing as "a window opening", and move on to a whole new life, but just because you do that, doesnt mean this employer should be able to get away with doing you wrong.

    It may be that you dont have a case and if so then theres no harm done in getting the legal advice. But if do have a case, why not take what you are owed?
    I AGREE with JT. Good grief, what do they expect? 50-hour weeks for 15 months straight? H-E-L-L-O, time for a management reality check. You might also consider talking to the media about the state of nursing. I am so tired of hearing the whining about the "nursing shortage" & hearing/seeing little done to keep the nurses currently in the field from leaving.

    I'm glad that you'lll have sometime for yourself, mjlrn97. Be nice to yourself...buy yourself a few gifts. You've definitely earned it!
  7. by   RRMLPN
    Hugs to you, don't beat yourself up, take a little "me" time you deserve it. I found myself in a similar situation and I also am taking a little time out to help me figure out what's the best thing for me emotionally and physically. so do something good for you while you have this time and know your in our prayers!
  8. by   OBNurseShelley
    IF you're not obligated to a particular location, I think agency nursing as you mentioned might be a nice change and might help you see what you like and don't like. You might also consider travel nursing, a little bit more of a permanent location (avg 13 weeks) but still no politics, and great $$ with housing and other benefits! Just a thought! Hang in there im sure you'll find something you enjoy!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    funny just how expendable we are to them all....yet nothing gets done without us in their stressful little jobs. i say, use this as a time to grow and find what it is you need. i wish i could have a sabatacle (however you spell it) myself sometimes........the stress of nursing can be so difficult to take at times. it is hard on one's self-esteem when it happens this way, but it sounds as if you need this time for YOU. take advantage and take good care. your friends here at allnurses are behind you 100%, as you can see.
  10. by   -jt
    How come we all just accept being treated like this? So evident in all the suggestions for how to heal herself. They're really good suggestions but how come nurses first reaction is to just take our lumps & go away quietly to lick our wounds?

    How come we dont say "hey wait a second....." when our rights are stepped on. Firing is one thing - BUT if her medical problem had anything to do with it, he was wrong & owes her her salary.

    And that check would come in very handy during her sabbatical.

    But why do nurses just meekly go away without making them pay?
    Last edit by -jt on Dec 10, '02
  11. by   l.rae
    JT, l am not well versed in employment law, but in Ohio where l am, there is "at will" employment and legally can terminate as long as it is not discriminatory....and not even give a reason.
  12. by   sjoe
    "Take advantage of the free time to do a few nice things just for yourself -"

    Always a good idea.

    The secret to all this? In the future learn to identify when things aren't working out (and aren't going to), then quit before you get fired. You'll feel better about the situation, since it puts YOU in control.

    Be glad you're out of that very unpleasant situation, regardless of how you got out, though. It certainly wasn't doing you any good.

    Part time agency work will keep the pot boiling while you decide what you want to do next. Don't settle for something you don't WANT to do, and won't enjoy, IMHO.

    For example: Since you have worked as a honcho in LTC, you are aware of the many suppliers these facilities use. Seems to me you would be an asset in the sales/marketing department of one of them.
  13. by   Kikumaru
    Dear MJL: you are in the position to be totally empowered! Free at last. Please know that you are not alone. Many of us have been in the same situation. Registry sounds great (just try it a couple days a week and notice how you are not part of the politics). You go girl!

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