I got fired while being on orientation at a hospital for just 1 week. Why did this happen? - page 2

So I am seeking some advice as to why this occurred and am still pondering on what could have I done wrong for this to have such a bad ending. After searching and searching years and years for a... Read More

  1. by   Strugaaa4eva
    No, I seriously did not. That same day we had the medication exam and IV exam and the same educator was praising me for getting an 88% on it. After I completed my exam, she sent me upstairs to get fingerprinted and I obliged. It was after I got my fingerprints that I had the phone call. I did not arrive late neither of the 5 days, nor did I use my cellphone during class either. When we were sent to lunch I returned back with the rest of the group at the time they had ordered. My only other thoughts of them firing me is because the floor I was supposed to work on was a telemetry/med/surg unit and me and another nurse were not certified to read the EKG strips. However, they told us we were still allowed to orient on the unit until the next course for beginners for reading EKG strips will be held in May. Until that time, we would remain with a preceptor. I'm unsure if they felt as though they didn't want to put up with me remaining on orientation for 2 months but they did not make it a problem when clarification was being done regarding the lack of certification. You can continue to say that I did something wrong, but I will tell you this was the only flaw that went down. The educator told me how the hospital is responsible for me and that I should have informed her where I was. As I said, I will not excuse myself for making that mistake, it was fully on me although the outcome is what I least expected.
  2. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Emergent
    Since people are usually on their best behavior in the beginning of a job, your instructor obviously saw this as a red flag.
    I think that's it. They might be looking at the long phone call during class as a small sample of what's to come. Most people take care to not breathe the wrong way while on orientation.
  3. by   Strugaaa4eva
    I didn't reveal that I was on the phone with my attorney, I told her it was a personal phone call. I already have a full-time position employed somewhere else and I don't bring my personal life into my area of work.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Strugaaa4eva
    You can continue to say that I did something wrong
    You do not need to do anything wrong during the probationary period in order for your employment to be terminated.

    If management develops a gut feeling or impression that you will be a poor fit for the organization, they can terminate your employment during probation. You may not have done anything wrong. You might have even fit in wonderfully if they had kept you aboard.

    However, in this era where hospitals have their pick of new hires, any potential red flags can lead to a new worker's employment being terminated. After all, HR probably has several hundred online applications in their computer database from interested applicants that can be called for interviews.
  5. by   Emergent
    Quote from Strugaaa4eva
    I didn't reveal that I was on the phone with my attorney, I told her it was a personal phone call. I already have a full-time position employed somewhere else and I don't bring my personal life into my area of work.
    Your story keeps evolving.

    You clearly demonstrated to the educator that you DO bring your personal life to work.

    Good luck to you. I hope you learn from the constructive feedback you've received here.
  6. by   Strugaaa4eva
    I guess you're right. I will take this as a lesson learned but will not be seeking anything else at this time.
  7. by   Ginger's Mom
    Quote from Strugaaa4eva
    I didn't reveal that I was on the phone with my attorney, I told her it was a personal phone call. I already have a full-time position employed somewhere else and I don't bring my personal life into my area of work.
    But you did bring your personal life in, I bet the educator was upset since she was waiting for you to return from HR. You said it was a personal call, which was on work time.
  8. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Strugaaa4eva
    I guess you're right. I will take this as a lesson learned but will not be seeking anything else at this time.
    You don't have to give up on acute care. You just need to learn a few things about it so you can adjust.
  9. by   Been there,done that
    Yes, you DID do something. You had that almighty phone on during company time. You took a call, and left your training to deal with it. Many facilities have a strict policy against the use of PED.

    Why are you surprised?
  10. by   brillohead
    To an employer, a "personal call" looks like you were chit-chatting with your BFF or flirting with your boyfriend, etc.

    That's something that you take care of on break, at lunch, or before/after work -- NOT on the clock.

    If your attorney called and you HAD (?) to take the call, you could have had a 30-second conversation and said you'd call back in half an hour when class was over to discuss it further.

    What would happen if you were in the middle of doing compressions on a coding patient and your phone rang?
  11. by   roser13
    Seriously, does that educator think she's got a room full of kindergarteners? You gave her a heart attack when she didn't know your whereabouts?? The hospital is "responsible" for you?? Did she have you all walk to the restroom in a line with a rope strung between you?

    Maybe you're better off not working there.

    Out of curiosity, how exactly will you "flag" the words you don't like? I usually enjoy meeting new posters, but not when we're threatened in the first post. As if we're kindergarteners......wow - I sense a theme!
    Last edit by roser13 on Mar 7
  12. by   Emergent
    Quote from roser13
    Seriously, does that educator think she's got a room full of kindergarteners? She was worried about your whereabouts?? The hospital is "responsible" for you?? Did she have you all walk to the restroom in a line with a rope strung between you?

    Maybe you're better off not working there.
    That was probably her nice way of saying "I am furious at your disrespect of the power point I put together!". Then she proceeded to feign sympathy and understanding regarding the 'personal' call, while seething inside...
  13. by   Strugaaa4eva
    Quote from roser13
    Seriously, does that educator think she's got a room full of kindergarteners? You gave her a heart attack when she didn't know your whereabouts?? The hospital is "responsible" for you?? Did she have you all walk to the restroom in a line with a rope strung between you?

    Maybe you're better off not working there.

    Out of curiosity, how exactly will you "flag" the words you don't like? I usually enjoy meeting new posters, but not when we're threatened in the first post. As if we're kindergarteners......wow - I sense a theme!
    I know I can't flag anyone lol I just don't need to be put down at this time I'm feeling really depressed and basically heartbroken from the news. I understand what my mistake was and to be honest your post and a couple of others were the most helpful and provided some relief from the heartache. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and kind words. Everything happens for a reason I guess..

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