I would like to hear stories of people who saw a home get cleaned out of staff because a new DON came in. It happened to me. Great eval's then when she came on I couldn't do anything right in her eyes. I have seen at least 20 nurses get fired in my short 7 year career and at least that many people just from the last home I worked at in the last 18 months.
Is this the norm in the nursing business? I have also seen DON's come and go on a regular basis. Why the high turn over? and this was a nursing home.
Nov 8, '09
by Vito Andolini
I would clean staff if I became a DON. Sorry, but we have some real dead wood and it needs to go.
I would first try to rehabilitate the staff, but if that didn't work, they'd be gone.
Ego, power - some people can't handle it. Or maybe, like me, they just want professionalism and are not getting it. And some of the firings could have been justified and overdue. You really don't know the whole story, all you know is that some people were let go.
Last edit by rn/writer on Nov 8, '09
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Wow, I think I struck a nerve here.
I hope I wasn't "dead weed" I worked my ass off for that place and what did I get for it? The new DON had a history as a job hopper, worked at every facility in town at least once. We never hit it off from day one and she was nasty. She threatened people's jobs for the littlest crap and fired another RN just for disagreeing with her in her office.
I remember back when I first started, a new owner took over and about 5 managers got fired in the same week. I have never seen this in any other kind of business. Recently one of the LTC centers in town shut down and our census went through the roof and I got no additional help. I asked for help and the DON made me out to be a complainer. I should have seen the writing on the wall. I had some unsubstantiated allegations thrown at me, I wasn't allowed to fight them because they were on my termination paper. Even after explaining what happened she still showed me the door.
I guess the advice I would give is when a new DON comes in, start looking for a new job and don't complain.
Keep the stories going, now I don't feel so bad.
I am now considering going back to school and getting out of nursing all together.
Last edit by trimm on Nov 9, '09