New grad just got fired - page 8

I am still searching for the strength to move on. I was called in the office yesterday and given the pink slip. I am a new grad, just graduated in May and passed nclex a couple months later and got... Read More

  1. by   sister--*
    Perhaps the best Nurse that I know and also a clinical instructor was fired from one of her first jobs. She said it was an agonizing experience. After a time to heal she went onto a better fit that gave her the confidence to earn her MSN.

    Don't let this circumstance stop you. Many a great Nurse has been forged in the fire!

    Good luck. I know you'll do well.
  2. by   chuck1234
    Quote from rn2day
    I am still searching for the strength to move on. I was called in the office yesterday and given the pink slip. I am a new grad, just graduated in May and passed nclex a couple months later and got my first job on a med surg floor.. I started work the end of July and I was on orientation and had three preceptors. The educator dilligently came around and ask me questions about my pts. Basically this lady just hammered on things I told her I needed to look up. She nailed me on things I failed to answered correctly plus exaggerated . And guess what she had it all documented, correct me if i am wrong, am i suppose to answer all her questions correctly? DO all nurses truly and honestly know qthing about their pts? it was the completion of my orientation and they pulled me and said byebye!! Besides, My preceptor just told me how great I was doing the other day.
    I have never been fired in the nursing field...but there are a lot of jobs out there....In New York, they spend $ and time to teach you, and it is easier to get a job right here.
  3. by   lizprn06
    Oh my...I know and feel your pain. Your post could have been written by me. I graduated nursing school in May (at 46 yrs. old), took and passed my NCLEX in July and began working as an RN in August. I was asked to resign in October.

    The whole experience left my confidence shaken with doubts about being a nurse. I was treated very badly by my nurse manager and nursing education. During my interview, I asked what my patient load would be. The answer was 4. In reality, it was 6-8 patients on a cardiac monitored med/surg floor. My preceptor would tell me that I was doing great. Then, nursing ed would do my weekly evaluation and tell me things like my preceptor said I needed help with an IV pump twice in one day. This tells us that you aren't paying attention. Nursing ed was constantly checking up on which made me so nervous. So, my evaluation said "doesn't work well under pressure"

    Nursing ed said I talked too much. So, the next day I kept my conversation to a minimum and then I was told that I was rude, unfriendly and had poor people skills. In my entire life, no one had ever said that to me, and remember, I am in my late 40's!!! I was told the other nurses in the unit didn't like me. If they didn't like me, why was I invited to eat lunch with them? The list goes on and on....

    After I was "asked to resign" a/k/a fired, I went into a deep depression. I got out of bed only to take my kids to school. I doubted my abilities and my change of career choice. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband and friends who helped me get through it. Somehow, I found the strength to go on a couple of job interviews and began working at another hospital the first week of January. I am grateful that this is a much better experience and I am much happier at my new hospital. I think it is interesting that the first hospital I worked at was a "Magnet" hospital and there was much nastiness and back-biting. The nurses on my unit did not work as a team and there were many disgruntled RNs. My new hospital is not a magnet hospital and the RNs work as a team and all seem to get along well.

    I know that this post is long, but it helps me to get all of this down as there are not too many people who I can talk to about it. Reading the other posts has helped me because realize that I am not alone. I felt like such failure, but now I know that I am not the only nurse who was ever fired from her first job.
  4. by   lizprn06
    Oh my...I know and feel your pain. Your post could have been written by me. I graduated nursing school in May (at 46 yrs. old), took and passed my NCLEX in July and began working as an RN in August. I was asked to resign in October.

    The whole experience left my confidence shaken with doubts about being a nurse. I was treated very badly by my nurse manager and nursing education. During my interview, I asked what my patient load would be. The answer was 4. In reality, it was 6-8 patients on a cardiac monitored med/surg floor. My preceptor would tell me that I was doing great. Then, nursing ed would do my weekly evaluation and tell me things like my preceptor said I needed help with an IV pump twice in one day. This tells us that you aren't paying attention. Nursing ed was constantly checking up on which made me so nervous. So, my evaluation said "doesn't work well under pressure"

    Nursing ed said I talked too much. So, the next day I kept my conversation to a minimum and then I was told that I was rude, unfriendly and had poor people skills. In my entire life, no one had ever said that to me, and remember, I am in my late 40's!!! I was told the other nurses in the unit didn't like me. If they didn't like me, why was I invited to eat lunch with them? The list goes on and on....

    After I was "asked to resign" a/k/a fired, I went into a deep depression. I got out of bed only to take my kids to school. I doubted my abilities and my change of career choice. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband and friends who helped me get through it. Somehow, I found the strength to go on a couple of job interviews and began working at another hospital the first week of January. I am grateful that this is a much better experience and I am much happier at my new hospital. I think it is interesting that the first hospital I worked at was a "Magnet" hospital and there was much nastiness and back-biting. The nurses on my unit did not work as a team and there were many disgruntled RNs. My new hospital is not a magnet hospital and the RNs work as a team and all seem to get along well.

    I know that this post is long, but it helps me to get all of this down as there are not too many people who I can talk to about it. Reading the other posts has helped me because realize that I am not alone. I felt like such failure, but now I know that I am not the only nurse who was ever fired from her first job.
  5. by   AtlantaRN
    It's not you. Trust me and the others here on this forum.

    That is why we take report and write the information down. I've been a nurse
    for 10 yrs, and I can't FUNCTION without my "cheat sheet."

    I mean, my goodness, 4-7 patients...they all start looking the same, especially at the end of the day.

    Especially if you are a new graduate, where everything is new.

    Think of this as they did you a favor. I would rather work where I'm appreciated for my skills, not my recall ability.

    linda
  6. by   allantiques4me
    Quote from rn2day
    I am still searching for the strength to move on. I was called in the office yesterday and given the pink slip. I am a new grad, just graduated in May and passed nclex a couple months later and got my first job on a med surg floor.. I started work the end of July and I was on orientation and had three preceptors. The educator dilligently came around and ask me questions about my pts. Basically this lady just hammered on things I told her I needed to look up. She nailed me on things I failed to answered correctly plus exaggerated . And guess what she had it all documented, correct me if i am wrong, am i suppose to answer all her questions correctly? DO all nurses truly and honestly know qthing about their pts? it was the completion of my orientation and they pulled me and said byebye!! Besides, My preceptor just told me how great I was doing the other day.
    If you are really agood nurse you will continue to learn.There is no way you could retain in your head all the diseases,disorders, medications about your patients I think youve been treated unfairly.You will always be learning new thingsI cant believe they really didnt give you a chance.Sorry about thier loss!!Hang in there,Im sure youll find a much better place to work.
  7. by   blueiwahine
    Sorry to hear about your experience...but just look at it exactly as that...an experience...look at it as a character building experience and move on...Your next job may be better suited for you...And no...a new grad is not expected to know everything...God knows I sure don't...
  8. by   jill48
    I am so sorry for you to have to go through this. Especially with your first job. It sounds like it was a bad supervisor, not your fault. Try to remember that. You will be better off away from a supervisor like that. Please don't give up. You will find your place at another facility. It will work out. Good luck to you. Hugs and kisses.

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