Should I look for another job - advice needed - page 3

I am a new grad and began employment on July 10th on a telemetry floor. On the same day I went to work, an experienced RN was promoted to the floor education director. Anyway, to make a long story... Read More

  1. by   saphira
    Heck, I'd look for a new employer. But if you're hesitant to do that, I'd absolutely transfer. You're not supposed to be counted as staff for orientation (or at least, any of the places I worked didn't). The hospital hired you presumably to train you to do a job that needs hands on time. Pulling you to work as a CNA undermines that and--one thing to really keep in mind--even if you are working as a CNA you are likely still responsible for the level of care of a novice RN. In NYS, when I was an LPN I'd occasionally be pulled to work as a CNA and the state practice act said that was ok, but I would still be held to the level of care at which I was licensed. So, once the facility got that in their hot little hands (courtesy of a little birdie) they stopped doing it.

    Whatever else you do, keep your head, ask for a witness to any meetings (seriously--is there an Employee Liaison or someone like that who can go with you, most facilities have them) that touch on how you're doing. If you can't do that, document everything in writing in the meeting and tell them you're doing it. I've been there--and the documentation helped. But I still quit.

    Isabel, RN
  2. by   WhoMeaNurse
    Dear TriageRN, I have to go! Thanks for your encouragement. They will NOT give me a good reference after having "eaten" their young (me) & spit me out. Any Ideas how I can get another job with less than 6 months on the first job & no reference? This is so painful, I'm not a bad nurse at all but made to feel I am so have little cnfidence developed.
  3. by   Butterfly2625
    Hi I am a new nurse as well and I don't like the floor on which I work. However, at the end of the day you aren't there for the staff; your there for that patient in the bed. It is true that you have to get along with staff in order to achieve the best patient care. but keep the overall picture; the patient, in your mind and you will do well.
  4. by   Wendy_RN
    Quote from specialheart8886
    Hi I am a new nurse as well and I don't like the floor on which I work. However, at the end of the day you aren't there for the staff; your there for that patient in the bed. It is true that you have to get along with staff in order to achieve the best patient care. but keep the overall picture; the patient, in your mind and you will do well.
    I agree with you in saying that it is about the patient. I wish it were that simple. I think that it is important to have self confidence in yourself, and unfortunately that is not at an all time high. It makes for a miserable day when someone is demeaning. As far as it being about the patients, they deserve to have a nurse caring for them that has had a proper orientation. I work step down ICU/telemetry and I am not at all ready to go out on my own and administer cardiac drips that I have not been trained to do. I worked too hard for my license to do that. I am sure BON will not care that I was emptying bedpans and did not get the proper orientation.

    I hope this does not sound like I am bashing you for your response because that is not my intent. I sincerely appreciate your response.
  5. by   Wendy_RN
    Quote from WhoMeaNurse
    Dear TriageRN, I have to go! Thanks for your encouragement. They will NOT give me a good reference after having "eaten" their young (me) & spit me out. Any Ideas how I can get another job with less than 6 months on the first job & no reference? This is so painful, I'm not a bad nurse at all but made to feel I am so have little cnfidence developed.
    ?????
  6. by   Wendy_RN
    Today was the dreaded day that I had to decide wheter I was going to transfer to another floor or resign from my position. It really helped to read what others had to say about this.

    I did resign from my position, and I know that was the right decision for me. I am disappointed in the way my resignation was handled, but I really cannot say that I am shocked. I went in to talk with the nurse manager and resign. She was "unavailable." I was told to leave a message or email her. I left a message, but she did not call me back. At 10:30 she was still unavailable. I was scheduled to go in at 11:00, and really needed to talk to her. I ended up sending an email. I do not think that was the best way for me to communicate with her, but she was making it impossible for me to speak with her. Her assistant had told me just to email her, but I still am not happy with that situation. I could beat myself up over it or choose to move on. I think I will choose the second option to move on and be grateful I did not spend anymore time there.
  7. by   jojotoo
    It's over. Let it go. Take the rest of the day and do something nice for yourself - shopping, lunch, a movie. It's all fresh and raw right now but you WILL heal. And I firmly believe that when God closes one door, He opens another. :icon_hug:
  8. by   Ashley4936
    You could get a job anywhere! You are talented and should be receiving the respect you deserve. Not to mention action should be taken if someone is violating rules and laws. HOpe everything works out for you!
  9. by   GatorRN
    I agree, the second option sounds better, move on. Don't beat yourself up over it. It sounds to me like you made every effort to try to work things out there, and made every effort to speak to your NM personally. You had to do what you had to do. You certainly deserve better treatment than what you were getting there, for sure.

    Like I said before, you will have NO problem finding another job where you're given a proper orientation and the respect you deserve. Good luck finding your perfect job! Keep us posted.
  10. by   mariedoreen
    Were you being paid nursing wages when you were working as a CNA?

    In our state you are only allowed to work within your scope of practice. If you are an RN, you are working as an RN, you have the responsibility of an RN and are not allowed to work in any other position (ie claim to work as a CNA with a CNA's responsibilities).

    Please tell me you're not allowing them to pay you CNA wages. And if they're not, who's in charge of the money around there because they are throwing it away.
  11. by   am17sg05
    Quote from Wendy_RN
    Thank you all for your replies. I have tried talking to the educator in private. On several occassions I have asked her to please go to her office to discuss whatever issue she was belitteling me for at the time. Unfortunately, she continues to enjoy an audience. When I went in yesterday, my name was once again on the board to work as a CNA. She was at the nurse's station. I asked to speak with her in private, and she refused, but did "slap my hands" because I did not empty trash the day before when I worked as a CNA. Empty trash??? I did not know I was supposed to do that. I went to the nursing supervisor yesterday about this. I did not feel anything was resolved, and I told her I felt it would be best for me to terminate my employment. She wanted me to think about it until Monday, (like that will change anything) and consider another floor. The floor she offered me was actually the one I worked as a CNA on during one of of shifts this week. (yes, not only have they made me do CNA on my floor, but another one as well). Anyway, when I got home yesterday, there was a message from the VP of nursing for me to be at a meeting yesterday. I went back, but nothing was resolved. To add insult to injury, one of the VP's (there were 8 of them in the meeting) mentioned that I should be compensated for attending the meeting, "at least give her a $5.00 gas card for coming back." Well, the VP of nursing disagreed with that. Come on.....$5.00.....I wasted 2 hours for more of the same crap and nothing was resolved. This is actually a non-profit facility too, and they are constantly patting themselves on the back and belitteling our other 2 local hospitals, which are for profit. Thank you for letting me vent. I a sorry this is so long. I am just SOOOOOO frustrated with this facility right now.
    i got affected with your first post but knowing this 2nd post made me more affected.how can they do this to you?maybe it's really better to just find another employer.they are just no good,totally!
  12. by   christymwinn
    Ok, I just have to ask----- where can you get a 17,000. sign on bonus??????
    I am ready to move
  13. by   Topazzjazz
    Say these exact words to the Director of Nursing: HARRASSMENT and HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT. If you have a pocket PDA or small voice activated recorder, take it with you. Keep it in your pocket with you when you talk to these people.

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