I have a little situation and I wanted to get everyone's advice. You all have helped me out greatly in the past and I would GREATLY appreciate any input....
So I started working at a nursing home a week ago and a half ago to get some experience as a new grad. My real love is in acute care nursing, but I needed a job desperately and I thought this would be a great way to rack up experience in the meantime. Of course after starting the job am I beginning to see how things are run at the facility....and now I'm getting really discouraged.
The turn-over at my facility is extremely high. Just last night as I was orientating with one of the nurses (it was her last night with the facility) in private she told me to start looking for a new job already. She said she has been a nurse for 30+ years and has never left any position so quickly.....but it would be in my best interest to do so because of the back-stabbing that happens in the facility and lack of support via management. She stated that management will be super nice to everyone to their face but if you happen to put in your 2 weeks (like she did...and other nurses for that matter) they will turn around stab you in the back/give you a bad reference/"try to ruin your reputation".
I'm just really discouraged because the whole point of me accepting this position was to rack up experience in the meantime. But if I can't use them as a reference what's the point?
I am also scared to be on my own (they want to start my on my own this week) and I don't feel like I've been given enough orientation. I mentioned this to them and they told me "Oh you'll be fine. You're doing great." But I don't feel that way! There is no charge nurse at my facility and since I'm working the evening shift there is no one for me to go to if I need help.
I'm just wondering what everyone's advice is. I initially accepted the position to rack up experience (and I do love the residents), but I am terrified of possibly getting a bad reference from them if I leave/being on my own already/taking care of 25 patients by myself with no charge nurse on duty....
Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you all!!
May 23, '12
by I am Legend
Great advice from the others.
In my opinion I would be careful to associate your experiences with just "nursing homes". Every job and occupation has positive and negatives. I have never had a job in any field that didn't have some backstabbing and gossiping going on. I worked as a CNA at a Skilled Nursing Facility for 3 years prior to going to nursing school and although I wasn't a nurse at the time I can relate to much of what you're feeling. Many facilities are under staffed and overworked, but sadly that's becomming more common in all settings.
As far as how the people are treating you, you cannot change what others may do and say. And you definitely shouldn't listen to just one nurses opinion. Who knows maybe you will meet other employees there that are great. Do everything you can to focus on only what YOU CAN CONTROL. Don't worry about anyone else. Go out of your way to be kind, caring, and show your work ethic. Don't give them any reason to talk bad about you, if they do talk bad about you it will be because they are jealous of the person you are and the person they are not!
Lastly, your work experience. Many people think that because you work in a nursing home that you have no skills, couldn't get a job anywhere else, and are not competent enough to work in a hospital. Anyone that thinks that should not be a nurse or someone working in healthcare. The nursing staff I worked with in my facility were some of the hardest working Nurses and CNAs I have ever seen. You may not be dealing with highly acute patients, but you will become great at assessing, charting, delegating, time management, and most importantly, CARING FOR PATIENTS! I must also reiterate the time management, like you said sometimes you will have 25 patients at a time; after working there for a while you will be a pro at prioritizing, delegating, and managing your time.
I know this may have not been your first pick for working when you first graduated, but get as much out of it as you can. What you learn in your first year of working as a Nurse will be priceless as you move throughout your career. Don't let a few bad apples ruin it for you. You will be busy and you will be stressed. Just focus on what you can control in your life and do your best!
Last edit by I am Legend on May 23, '12