Take this job and shove it, I ain't working here no more! - page 2
by Blue Roses 15,603 Views | 63 Comments
That was me three weeks ago. Since then, I have sought help in counseling, have started medication through my doctor, applied for several jobs, and have gotten a few job offers. TODAY, I accepted a job offer at an inpatient... Read More
- 0Jan 25, '13 by WCnurse2013...so sorry that you are having to tolerated this type unprofessional behavior, I am going through a similar experience at my job. I am a older seasoned nurse and I am feeling discriminated against because of my age. Recently my manager called me in her office to let me know that she had wrote me up because one of the physicians in the clinic said I was slow. I do admit that I do sometimes take more time when case managing my patients but it is because I try to complete the majority of work in a timely manner and I try to get the biggest portion of my documentation done when it should be done, unlike my co-workers who are continously taking short cuts and wait until the end of the day or the next day to chart and sign off on their computer documentation. Today was the kicker for me...I had to leave from work early because the weather was getting bad (ice and snow). The doctor was running behind in clinic and there were 2 patients that still need to be seen. I live a hour away from work and new it would be unsafe for me to drive home if I waited until the last 2 patients were discharged, so I told my clinic manager that I would be leaving. There were still 4 other nurses left in the clinic. My nurse manager became angry and rudely told me in front of all the nursing staff that she would report me to HR and have it put on my record that I abandoned the 2 patients and that I would also get a unexcused absence. I felt threatened and bullied and by the time I left I was a nervous wreck and had to calm myself down before I could get out on the road. I want to report her behavior but feel I would be wasting my time because of previous threats that it would do no good to complain to HR because management would be backed by them and it wouldn't matter what nursing staff had to say.
- 0Jan 26, '13 by purrrfectionistQuote from imintroubleGood advice for the future. ThanksI'm glad that you're no longer miserable. However, it's never a good idea to burn any bridge, no matter how good it feels in that moment. You never know when you might need a reference. Nursing is a small community. Somebody knows somebody who worked somewhere and "isn't she the nurse who quit without notice?" I wouldn't have drafted a complaint letter to management either. They already know. That might sound defeatist to you, but it's just reality. You didn't just burn that bridge, you blew it up.
Anyway, enjoy your new job. I'm glad it's worked out.
- 0Jan 26, '13 by TASHA_RN_BSNI'm so sorry for your experience, I am glad that you took a stance and was able to seek help. As professionals we should be valued for our hard work and dedication to our patients. It sounds as if you were having an emotional break down. Keep taking your medication to get you back happy. We are not promised tomorrow; stressing over the "what if's" will kill you.
- 1Jan 26, '13 by Blue RosesYour right, maybe I should wait until my emotions have calmed down to write to the hospital that used to employ me. I hadn't written it to complain; my main goal was to pass information on in hopes to help the nurse friends I am leaving behind in that enviromnent. But I will wait awhile and let my thoughts gather themselves in a more organized fashion and review the letters several times before I even consider sending them.
- 0Jan 26, '13 by Blue RosesYou sound alot like one of my favorite nurse friends. She's older and just as unhappy as I was in the environment (several nurses there are unhappy and/or leaving). She doesn't want to leave because she's scared that no one would want to hire and older nurse like her, and this I totally don't understand. She is a wonderful kind and brilliant person whom anyone would be lucky to work with. Older nurses are a blessing, they have the strength and experience that younger nurses like me lack.
- 17Jan 26, '13 by duskyjewelQuote from imintroubleCrap like this is why nothing changes for the better. Someone finally has to have some balls, and I applaud Blue Roses for choosing to be that person.I'm glad that you're no longer miserable. However, it's never a good idea to burn any bridge, no matter how good it feels in that moment. You never know when you might need a reference. Nursing is a small community. Somebody knows somebody who worked somewhere and "isn't she the nurse who quit without notice?" I wouldn't have drafted a complaint letter to management either. They already know. That might sound defeatist to you, but it's just reality. You didn't just burn that bridge, you blew it up.
Anyway, enjoy your new job. I'm glad it's worked out.
- 1Jan 26, '13 by joanna73 GuideAs bad as the economy is, there are many jobs for nurses. You just have to be persistent. Congrats! Nursing can be great, and it should be on your terms. You may need to tolerate a position you don't enjoy for a period of time, but not for years and years. I think too many people feel stuck...when in fact, this is not the case.