Quote from Poochee
I have been fired once in my career. And it really hurt me in alot of ways. It has been some months, since the occurence, but I still get sad. Anyone else, with some long term effects of being fired???
Poochee: and every other nurse on this thread. Do I ever feel for you.
Oracle said it so succinctly. A lot of nurses are getting fired. The corporations don't want to be found out.
I have been fired from 2 different facilities because I reported dangerous and abusive care, not to mention the first one I worked at for a year. A "psych warehouse." The administrator would not take seriously what I was telling him, even kept copies of the things I had written to him. So he didn't correct the problem, and as State law mandates, if they don't, you are mandated to report abuses to the State. I did this when he did not take care of the problems. I was fired. Labor board said it was not retaliatory, even though he was placed on the "National Watch List" for actual harm to patients.
I filed a lawsuit, the employment lawyer said he would take it as a contingency, that I was credible, that it would settle and wouldn't have to go to trial. When I went to see him, he said he was too busy and asked another inexperienced lawyer that needed clients to do it for him.
I have a history of depression which was controlled on Prozac. When I was fired, I went into a deep depression for about a year. Then I went to another facility as a nursing supervisor. I found that a patient who had COPD and was in respiratory failure, had not been checked on on that shift or even her vitals were not taken. I had to call 911 because her vitals were off the chart. The DON refused to answer my phone calls about what was going on with my unit. I called as mandated by the State if the facility did not correct the problem, to call the State. I was again fired. I called my lawyer and he screamed at me to "keep out of trouble." Catch 22? Several months later he called for my permission to dismiss him from the case because he wasn't making any money. Then told the court he wanted the case dismissed because I was a problem client.
He got himself released from the case, but I was served on 4 different court dates, I guess pertaining to the case and representing myself because the defendant demanded the interrogatories and discoveries I had given the lawyer that apparently he said he was getting permission for an extension for me to get a lawyer. Then the court ordered a sanction against me for $1220, and then said $1700 now, to be paid to the defendant in 15 days? For what? I can't get an answer from anyone. I am going to have to contact a public defender, but I understand they only take criminal cases.
I have pretty much recovered from the disability and wanted to get on with my life and not get another lawyer. I don't even know what was going on, the lawyers would tell me nothing except just to wait. Then all this happens. I have a letter from State that all the things I reported were validated and the facilities were fined. I said, "where is the retaliation law?" Again no answers.
So I thought, well, that tells patients in LTC that it's alright for corporations to abuse patients, not care for them and die, and then take all the Medicare/Medical for huge profits.
I couldn't believe it. I knew the Corporations were ripping off these patients and making money at it, but it is just like saying this is okay to take money from sick and defenseless people.
Then I was threatened by the lawyer that if I didn't do all these things and get a lawyer, if I lost the case, I would end up being fined thousands of dollars! What?
This has really done somethng to me. I am trying not to sink into that horrible depression. The first time I was fired it was so humiliating, all the staff showed up right before change of shift and proceeded to laugh and hug each other, play their IPODS. I was on disability for depression for a year after that. Then when I feel pretty well recovered, I was hired at another rehab and had to send the patient 911. No one would talk to me about what was happening so as mandated, I had to call the State and they sent me a letter validating the wrong doing and lack of care of the patients, but I was fired for doing my job as a nurse. As nursing supervisor, who probably saved the woman's life, I was fired and the facility was cited. But I am the criminal. Her nurse or the cna who did not take the vitals as part of her routine were not disciplined. They are still working there. So if the woman died, who was going to take the fall?
This has really done something to me. I feel horribly about all mankind, but I do know that I have good friends and good people around me. I don't like this feeling of knowing how the lust for money turns them into monsters.
Now ex-lawyers are portraying me as a nut, uncredible, because of my depression and firings. There is still that unchangeable, unmovable, unenlighted stigma against mental illness. I tried to tell them I was depressed, but not deranged or uncredible. I documented each time something happened. I followed the letter of the law, when the administration wouldn't listen to me, I called the State as I was required.
My reward for possibly saving a patient's life and trying to take care of my patients was now I am a criminal.
No one takes me serious. I have a history of depression, I am not psychotic, and or was stable until now, but I am treated like a leper. They automatically assign "crazy" to you if you have any mental conditions, or are depressed, and as I said, I was depressed, not psychotic. They just cavalierly throw around that you are crazy.
This is the thanks for trying to help heal the ill?
So, believe me, I know what each and every one of you is feeling.
But as poochy said in so many words, you are fired because they are hiding things. I developed a low esteem, then realized, They were the crazy ones. I was trying to take care of the sick.
I know this has been long and hope you eyes haven't glazed over, but just couldn't help myself. My therapist told me "it is traumatic getting fired," so God bless all of you.