New grad LPN got fired from first job in 2 months..What should I do now? :(

  1. I graduated in May 2006..Then recieved my license in October 2006..In November 2006, I got my first job..Well, this job, there were a lot of things that went wrong..I do not want to go into detail but honestly, I feel competent in being a nurse..A nurse who worked there for a year told me that the facility is understaffed and I guess that played a role in my ability to accomplish things..

    Anyway, I have been unemployed for 2 weeks now..I filled out a lot of resumes and had two interviews..Still nothing!! I was wondering what is a good approach in looking for a LPN job? Please help..It seems that LPN jobs are very competitive in my area and they are not too many...
    Last edit by Bala Shark on Jan 10, '07
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   linzz
    I am so sorry this happened to you but I doubt you are the only one. Seems to be so many truly horrible toxic work places. Wishing you good luck in your search.
  4. by   Hershey's Mom
    Oh Bala, I know how u feel. I quit my lame job almost a month ago and it truly does suck being unemployed. All I can say is keep looking, I dont live in Nevada but im sure its something out there for u. If you found this crappy place then I know u can find another... Just kidding. But seriously, dont give up!. Keep stumping the pavement and soon enough you'll be making a new thread telling everyone how u love your new job... GOOD LUCK!!!
  5. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from linzz
    I am so sorry this happened to you but I doubt you are the only one. Seems to be so many truly horrible toxic work places. Wishing you good luck in your search.
    Yes, you know today, I went for an interview..They have 2 nurses to 28 patients..Everything seemed calm and orderly..The nurses were relaxed but working..Everything seemed neat..

    The place that fired me had 2 nurses to 49 patients..I did not have time for lunch breaks or anything..That was one of the many issues there relating to understaffing..
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    Good luck, shark. I lost my first LPN job after 5 months. Two nurses to 42 patients.
  7. by   SuesquatchRN
    Oh, and I got another one. Job, I mean.

  8. by   jimthorp
    Perhaps it was just not the place for you. Some healthcare facilities clearly set new nurses up for failure.
  9. by   luv2shop19mall
    theres lots of places out there that need nurses. i work for a faiclity that is also understaffed % i feel bad. the residents call the nurses all the time and noone responds. thats sad.but i dotn know what to do. .. ;(
  10. by   jelorde37
    yeah, i quit my job due to understaffing. we had 2 nurses for 60 patients during am an pm shift, then the whole 60 goes to one nurse during noc shift. sad to say, i was that 1 nurse during noc. this was in the ltc area, but the cardiac or ortho unit would consist of 14-18 patients to 1 nurse which was really cool. anyways, good luck and keep looking. dont just take any job tho cause it could jeopardize your license and stress you out.
  11. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Bala Shark
    I graduated in May 2006..Then recieved my license in October 2006..In November 2006, I got my first job..Well, this job, there were a lot of things that went wrong..I do not want to go into detail but honestly, I feel competent in being a nurse..A nurse who worked there for a year told me that the facility is understaffed and I guess that played a role in my ability to accomplish things..

    Anyway, I have been unemployed for 2 weeks now..I filled out a lot of resumes and had two interviews..Still nothing!! I was wondering what is a good approach in looking for a LPN job? Please help..It seems that LPN jobs are very competitive in my area and they are not too many...
    I am shocked that I just got to this post, now. I remember when you were posting and saying that you really needed work, and were disappointed in the fact that you didn't find a job earlier...and now, THIS...I am really sorry to hear that, and had I saw your post earlier than today, I would have responded and expressed my empathy before today. I sincerely hope that you find a better opportunity and in a more friendlier atmosphere!
  12. by   nurseangel47
    Greater things await you! Just chalk it up to experience in general in the working world of nursing....many places are eager for good nurses....if you're than conscientious about patient/nurse ratios, you'll find a proper facility that will appreciate your looking out for the pts. best interests! GOOD LUCK TO YOU IN THE RENEWED JOB SEARCH! You'll find something better in the not too distant future. Keep your chin up! And remember, with only two months at the place you just left, you don't have to list them as a reference seeing as how you're a "new" nurse!
  13. by   postmortem_cowboy
    When at first you don't succeed, try try again. I'm sorry to hear you lost your job, but some things are better the way they happen. Sounds like this place had more problems than just letting you take a state mandated 30 minute meal time. When you apply, wander around the facility and talk to a few of the staff, ask them how they like working there, the answers you get may surprise you.


    Wayne.
  14. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Bala Shark
    I do not want to go into detail but honestly, I feel competent in being a nurse...

    You feel competent in being a nurse after only 2 months?? That's one I've never heard from a new grad before...

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