I feel like a FAILURE, what do I do now? - page 2

So I was terminated yesterday, completely blind sided honestly... two weeks prior my charge nurse told me she got an order for an antibiotic, she put the new order in my MAR and wrote the note... Read More

  1. Visit  petluvr profile page
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    I certainly own up to borrowing but the harsh reality at the facility I was at, there was never a time something wasn't borrowed, including narcs, thankfully I never had too but I seen it on a nearly daily basis
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  3. Visit  SuzieVN profile page
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    We're getting closer: So, you WERE fired for 'borrowing meds', yes? If that's the case, every SNF/LTC has a system of emergency/STAT/one-time only doses of meds (including narcotics that have to be counted shift to shift, and such things as insulin that need to be monitored routinely for expiration date, and the like), that's available (usually in a tool box or cupboard in the med room) to sign out for any patient that needs them, in emergencies, or for new weekend orders when the pharmacy is closed, etc.? Does that place not have that? Or, more likely, hearing how the place is managed- was the 'E-kit' empty? Also, since there may be one med room, yet 3 or more halls/med carts with access to that med room/drugs- normally there's a hassle about getting anyone to account for the contents of the 'E-kit', to include the counting of narcotics. In my experience, I can assure you that nurses who are apt to divert, take notice of such easy pickings- and when it happens? Everyone with access to that med room or 'E-kit' is suspect. So, if there is an 'E-kit', in your new job- be sure to find out how it is controlled, and if the policy is adhered to. Aside from this, if everyone was borrowing this antibiotic, what was the 'lending' patient doing to get his meds? After all, the pharmacy only sends enough doses to complete the original order.
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  4. Visit  Linda0 profile page
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    You were the fall guy, plain and simple. You are well rid of that place on all levels. Do not let any authority figure attempt to pull the wool over your eyes, no matter how angry they get. They work for corporations, not patients.

    Stay Calm, you don't know the real story. I know of 4 LTC facilities that are going to fire the LPN's just to hire RN's so they will be reimbursed more money. It's not about you!! Take comfort in the fact you did no harm.

    GOD BLESS YOU!
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  5. Visit  shellysbloomers profile page
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    About your resume......
    Do not say that you were terminated. There is no way for any future employer to find out this information. It is illegal for your currently employer to disclose the details of your departure. When asked why you left, you can say you are looking for something better, in a different field, with different hours, or whatever. Just don't say anything negative about your former employer.

    And good luck! I hope you find a great job.
  6. Visit  SuzieVN profile page
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    'Reimbursed more money'? Please explain, thanks.
  7. Visit  fairyluv profile page
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    Quote from petluvr
    Thank you for your support, I'm trying to keep my head up and have even thought about getting out of nursing, I'm currently an LPN and don't even want to further my career, sad huh? I thought about just getting out of nursing for a few months and get myself back into a positive perspective, but i fear that I feel the way I do because of the facility I was at and I don't want to just give up

    I feel the same way at my facility. It scares me everyday I have to walk thru those doors.
  8. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    So sorry this happened (((petluvr))) You are not a failure. The job not working out is not you. I know those words may sound hollow at the moment but believe me whether we've been fired or not all of us have those "gulp" moments wondering if we have what it takes to succeed in nursing. If you leave nursing, it should not be because of this setback. It takes strength to crawl out and rise above, but you'll end up stronger on the other side. Wish you the very best!
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  9. Visit  NurseCard profile page
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    Quote from shellysbloomers
    About your resume......
    Do not say that you were terminated. There is no way for any future employer to find out this information. It is illegal for your currently employer to disclose the details of your departure. When asked why you left, you can say you are looking for something better, in a different field, with different hours, or whatever. Just don't say anything negative about your former employer.

    And good luck! I hope you find a great job.
    That's not good advice. A potential employer CAN most certainly find out that you were fired, and will disqualify you from employment for not disclosing that you were. I mean, I've been there; got fired from an LTC about a year and a half ago. On my job applications I put "discharged" (to me sounds better than "fired" or "terminated"), and if they ask why I put "failed to follow company policy". It's the truth, and unless they ask me to elaborate... for all they know, I got fired because I posted on Facebook that I didn't like my job.
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  10. Visit  petluvr profile page
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    I agree with you nursecard, that's a good way to put it, a good nurse friend of mine even suggested terminated secondary to med error caused by false report... does this seem like too much detail?
  11. Visit  Rnactivist55 profile page
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    this is why nurses need to be unionized...you have no one to represent you or investigate or even argue your case...your on your own..and even good nurses get falsely accused, fired etc. If you have the opportunity to join a union or start one...do so...it pays to not have to defend yourself or be at the mercy of your HR dept.
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  12. Visit  scrubwearer profile page
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    Quote from petluvr
    I agree with you nursecard, that's a good way to put it, a good nurse friend of mine even suggested terminated secondary to med error caused by false report... does this seem like too much detail?
    I think that's too much detail. I'd put discharged and if they ask say I made a medication error and here's what I learned from it...It admits accountability for the error but that you're willing to learn from it.
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  13. Visit  petluvr profile page
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    Quote from scrubwearer
    I think that's too much detail. I'd put discharged and if they ask say I made a medication error and here's what I learned from it...It admits accountability for the error but that you're willing to learn from it.
    Were you able to bounce back quickly and find a job? I feel like I'm going to look like a liability and no one is going to give me a chance
  14. Visit  scrubwearer profile page
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    Quote from petluvr
    Were you able to bounce back quickly and find a job? I feel like I'm going to look like a liability and no one is going to give me a chance
    I haven't lost a job but a friend of mine did and he had no trouble finding a new job. I can't imagine there's a nurse out there that hasn't made a med error.
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