Let go after three days? Seriously?!?! - page 2
I have a thread going in MDS about being burned out and going back to the floor, so I got a job at a LTC home in my area. During the interview the DNS stated she was very impressed with my experience... Read More
Sep 21, '12So... you know by now that you wouldn't want to work for a joint that treats people like that, and good riddance to them. Small bump in the road and congratulations for finding out now, so the gap in your resume is minuscule (or nonexistent) and you can go right out and find something else. Imagine if they'd pulled this foolishness on you in, say, three months. ::Threaded small hardware often used on wood pieces:: 'em.
Sep 21, '12I'm so sorry. I know what it feels like to be fired for absoutely no reason! This is ridiculous. Stay strong, keep looking. Sounds like you dodged a bullet. Sending prayers and hugs your way.
Sep 21, '12Quote from GrnTeaSo... you know by now that you wouldn't want to work for a joint that treats people like that, and good riddance to them. Small bump in the road and congratulations for finding out now, so the gap in your resume is minuscule (or nonexistent) and you can go right out and find something else. Imagine if they'd pulled this foolishness on you in, say, three months. ::Threaded small hardware often used on wood pieces:: 'em.Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRNI agree it's best to find out during orientation. I'm at peace with it now and know God has other plans for me. I will not put them on the application at my on Monday. Was advised by the DON where I will be interviewing not to as well.I'm so sorry. I know what it feels like to be fired for absoutely no reason! This is ridiculous. Stay strong, keep looking. Sounds like you dodged a bullet. Sending prayers and hugs your way.
Thanks for the prayers and hugs OnlybyHisgraceRN
Sep 21, '12When I was hired at a state psych hospital, I had only ever given pharmacist-prepared unit dose meds to my
patients. That included prefilled syringes, for the most part. When I interviewed, the DON mentioned that
their meds all "came in big bottles." My mental reaction was simply "Okaaaay! I'll adjust."
Fast foreward to my first week. The smallest bottle held 500 and the rest held 1000 pills! EEK! There was
a "meds record book" that I swear went back to Clara Barton's day that had pt. names and meds names, dose
size, and times ordered, and I had to pour and set 'em up just as they had done a generation before. The liquid meds bottles were amber glass and were HEAVY.
I bombed big time! I gave the word slow a whole new meaning! The supervisor let me know in no uncertain
terms that I was a disgrace to nurses everywhere. I was transferred to a different building on the grounds and, was precepted properly and given a chance to learn, and did fine! It just took time.
I'm so sorry you were used, but everything happens for a reason. You would not have been happy there.
Could you work for an agency or do private duty while you find sonething you really want? Hugs!
Sep 22, '12That sounds like a terrible experience sharpeimom! Isn't it amazing the things managers expect us to do? Unreal!! I'm so sorry you went through that but thank God you had the chance to be properly trained and came out just fine
I do have an interview on Monday for some PRN work at another LTC home and was told by the DNS that the PRN nurses end up going full time pretty quickly, plus they work a Mon-Fri. schedule so that's a plus.
I have submitted resume's to various places from office nurse to LTC jobs. Something will come along quickly. I have Faith
Sep 22, '12This is terrible!! I agree with other posters that you dodged a bullet. I have been let go from a position a couple of years ago. It took some time for the emotional hurt to go away, but now I don't even think about it anymore. Good luck to you, sounds like you have so much experience and skills to offer an employer.
Sep 22, '12Quote from staffing24Thank you. It still stings a bit but I know it will pass.This is terrible!! I agree with other posters that you dodged a bullet. I have been let go from a position a couple of years ago. It took some time for the emotional hurt to go away, but now I don't even think about it anymore. Good luck to you, sounds like you have so much experience and skills to offer an employer.
I do have quite a bit of experience to offer and when given a chance, am a very good, loyal employee. I will go above and beyond and have always believed in team work. Sometimes I just want to give up nursing all together, then I remember why I went into this field in the first place. I am determined to push through and not let this defeat me. Something great will come along soon. I have to keep the faith.
Sep 24, '12Please make sure that you get a firm commitment from the DON regarding training at the facility with the PRN position. It has been my experience that it is not uncommon for the orientation for PRN folks to not be as extensive as it is for full time staff....just saying. In addition regardless of where you work or what shift the logistics of med passes are pretty much the same but learning the residents always takes some time. Why? because learning about them involves more than faces linked to names but all their little ways about meds (in food, tepid liquids, only after eating, wants each pill spooned into their mouth, etc.) Lack of knowledge about that stuff can really bog a person down and make one very slow with having to backtrack. Also please get in the habit of making a list of accuchecks, supplements, insulins, nebs and inhalers & overflow meds so you can double check your cart for adequate supplies before you begin. Again having to backtrack to get supplies, meds etc can slow a person down.
OP you have the skills to work the floor if you can handle MDS all those years because that is a nerve wracking (at times) very precise very deadline focused job so those skillsets translate over to doing med passes and all the other duties of being a floor nurse in LTC.
Best of luck! Let us know how the job hunt goes.
Sep 24, '12Thank you txredhead. That is very sound, useful advice!
Looks like I will be on Baylor shift Sat. & Sun. 7am-11pm. Turns out one of the baylor LPNs is going on maternity leave the first week of October and I will be taking her place while she is off. Rumor has it though that she may not come back so if she doesn't, I will take the Baylor shift permanently. Also, they do hire LPNs for MDS positions there so I am next in line for a MDS position. I go to an orientation class next Monday, then orientate on the floor next Saturday and Sunday with the nurse I will be taking the place of. God always works things out for our good
Sep 28, '12This in unbelievable!! I was supposed to start orientation for the new job on Monday. I had the option of either taking the Baylor or doing PRN, so I decided to take the PRN route since I don't feel I can handle two 16 hour shifts back to back and would end up miserable. That was all fine and dandy, everybody seemed happy. Well...a few minutes ago I got a call from HR telling me that the DNS has decided that particular nursing home is not the place for me. I asked what made her come to that conclusion and she said the DNS didn't give details, just to call me and tell me not to bother showing up for orientation.
I have a feeling it's because I haven't worked the floor in so long. I need a job badly and nobody wants to hire me because I have been an office nurse too long, but I have the skills to do the job if someone would give me the chance! They only gave me three days at the last place to get orientated before letting me go because I wasn't fast enough giving meds. to 30 acute rehab patients after three days. What happened to giving a person a chance to prove themselves? I understand training costs the home money but to retain good nurses, owners and managers of these homes need to understand that it takes more than 2-3 days to get into a routine.
Sep 28, '12I have an interview next Tuesday with a Staffing Agency for a float pool in a hospital, and I put in an application at a small country nursing home I used to work in years ago and loved. I was honest with the Administrator and explained that nobody seems to want to take a chance on me because I have been an "office nurse" for so long.
She remembered me from all those years ago and said she will go over my app. and hopefully call me for an interview next week. They were bought by a management company years ago but after I left. I put I have never worked for the company before because well...I haven't. I've worked in the *facility* before but not for the company. Was it appropriate for me to put I had never worked for the company?
As for the float pool thing, what are the basic duties of a LPN in a hospital float pool? I know I would go to where I was needed, but don't know what I would be doing. They know I have no hospital or clinic experience, but said they are willing to train me. Oh, and the pay sucks but it would be good experience right? That's what I'm telling myself anywayLast edit by LTCNS on Sep 28, '12
Sep 29, '12Looks like I will possibly have three different interviews next week! I'm sensing a breakthrough
Sep 30, '12Is it possible that a former employer is giving you bad references, deserved or not? I've heard of it happening. Good luck with your new interviews!