Quote from Suesquatch
My union rep and coworker both say it's because I'm new - I live in a very small area, and half of the nurses have relatives in the facility - like their mothers.
This is (edited for privacy) what I wrote my rep, who said I should just put it down for her.
Tell me if it's me. Please.
I don’t know where to start.
I have been picking up a lot of extra days because I know the facility is having a hard time hiring enough nurses. Well, every time I end up on another unit a med error happens.
I still haven’t had a 90 day review and I swear it’s because MyChargeNurse is trying to figure out how to give me a lousy one with no reason to. As an example, some weeks ago she told me she was uncomfortable with my performance and couldn’t pinpoint why. I asked her for an example and she couldn’t think of one. “Safety” was her vague answer. Well, a couple of weeks ago a resident was puking and an aide told me about it. I charted on it and nothing more because, the last time this same resident was puking and I told MCN her answer was, “She does that.” No intervention, nothing. She told me later that she was waiting to see if I went to her. I guess it’s safety when she overhears me being told but not when I tell her.
I had a rash of med errors and figured out what I was doing wrong. Those are still haunting me – and happened after I should have had my review.
Ystdy I was on X and NotMyUsualChargeNurse was really on my back. I made an error – there was a new resident whom I didn’t even know existed. The nurses hadn’t updated their “cheat sheets” and her room was still showing as empty. I go through my MAR after each pass but had no time to ystdy and every time I breathed NMUCN had something for me to do. Order meds, talk to a resident – keep her occupied – swear to God. No time. Later that day I told NMUCN I hadn’t had time to do something and she told me I did. She was rude to me all day. At one point I went to say something and she cut me off saying, “I am a supervising nurse and this needs to be done.” Huh? I wasn’t arguing.
Well, I told Scheduler, and I mean it, that I will no longer accept assignment to X. This morning I went to fill out the med error and WeekendChargeNurse was there. I told her that I wouldn’t work for NMUCN and she told me I couldn’t pick and choose. I told her that I didn’t need to be made to feel incompetent every time I covered. She was silent, so I urged her to tell me what she thought. She told me that I should be further along than I am. For example, AnotherNewLPN has been here less time but she feels like she’s been here forever. I pointed out that ANLPN was working per diem for a long time before I started, and found out later ANLPN also worked here as an aide for years. So she HAS been here longer. And as soon as I got there WCN says to UnitXLPN, the usual unit X LPN, “Do you have her other med errors?” UXLPN said, “She didn’t have any others.” “Oh, no? I saw another.” I said, “Yes, AUsualCoWorker wrote me up for an error that didn’t happen. I just proved it in the MAR and wrote a note to MUCN.” What the heck?!
Anyway. I saw written on my review “meds – resident y incident.” I have no idea what that is unless it’s that some aides told NMUCN that I tried to get her up before being assessed by an RN. That’s not true. I asked her to grasp my hands so I could check for grip, and I also ASKED the aides, “Do we wait for an RN to get her up?” How that got translated into my trying to get her up I don’t know.
I’m disgusted. And I am no longer working per diem. I need the time to study so I can become an RN more quickly because I can’t stand this. And I will not work for NMUCN.
It looks like someone doesn't want you there, Sue, and they're trying to hurt you by penalizing you for everything instead of teaching you how to improve. It's happened to me too, pretty much the same way.
I found out what was really going on eventually.
What really happened was that Corporate had gotten rid of a popular RN. She promptly got another job. When the facility then tried to hire her back, she was understandably nervous as well as engaged at the new job. Oh yeah, and a couple of nurses were ticked off that I had the audacity to clean up and rearrange the Med Cart.
:trout: Well, pardon the heck outta me!
She ultimately accepted. Inside of a month, I was canned. I wasn't even mad about it.
You know why?
They all got what they wanted, and I moved on to a much better place.
You will too. So turn in your resignation and let the cards fall where they may. You've learned something very important and you'll improve as you go along.
Ironically, I had to visit a friend in that same facility just a month ago. And guess who was no longer there anymore? All of the nurses who wanted Ms. X so badly that they'd try to fry my butt to get her back. Meantime, as I said, I'd moved onward and upward and way past all that petty junk, and it wasn't the first time that I was glad I didn't stay there.