Terminated without warning - page 2

Ive been terminated for the first time in my life and without warning or prior counseling. Ill try to keep this as short as possible. I am an RN with 10 years long-term care experience. I accepted my 1st DON position with a... Read More

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    You should make certain that you keep a watchful eye on your ADON when you take a new job. If you sense anything is wrong, make plans early on to get rid of her/him before the same thing happens again. Look closely at your charge nurses and identify one that will make a good ADON so that you can get someone working with you that is not booby-trapping every door with swords and knives aimed at your back. It was common practice in one city that I worked in for DONs and Admins to bring their second in command and other key people with them each time they changed facilities. There is something to be said for the practicality of this.

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    Sounds like the ADON ran the facility & not the Administrator. Does your facility have a policy for absenteeisms, on-call, etc? If Management begins working the floor, then staff will expect it. This issue should be clearly addressed in Nurse Meetings.
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    Am very sorry for the blow to your spirit, but maybe it was a blessing in disguise. As everyone else pretty much said, sometimes the DON is the sacrificial lamb so to speak. Often times the ED (or Admin) or corporate has to cover thier own butt and so . . . well you guessed it. My own DON (Im his ADON) is experiencing this and will be giving his resignation this wk prob. You can go to Career Builder or similar & see this first hand -the turnover for nsg admin in LTC is ridiculous. Sometimes I think we're set up to fail. Dont mean to sound neg tho, you dont need that. I am sure there are good buildings out there (I was in one once where I used to live). Problem is, they're like good husbands - not too many available coz noone leaves the good ones!! Good luck, you'll land on your feet I'm sure.
    Last edit by bossynurse101 on Jan 24, '10 : Reason: sp
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    The average length of stay for a DNS in LTC is between 15 and 18 months. It's the stress, the stupid staff we sometimes have to deal with, families, the DPH, the ED at times...the list goes on and on. Some of us stay and keep trying or move to a different facility to keep trying because what we do matters.
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    Just want to thank everyone for the good advice and support. I mentioned earlier that I have 10 years LTC experience, well that was working the floor, boy, whole other ball game now unh? I stated earlier that I thought I had another DON position lined sup... still waiting on that call, but i'm not giving up hope. If that doesnt turn out then it wasn't meant to be. I strongly feel I was meant to help take care of our old folks so I'm sure there is a company out there that appreciates that,and as I stated earlier I wont do anything different .....except...not be so naive
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    Excellent advice from everyone.

    The older I get the more I realize the truth with "when one door closes..."

    Be glad you're out of that place. For sure, you'll find something better.

    It's happened to me a few times.

    Hold your head high. You're terrific, Lonestar!

    Keep plugging away.
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    i had a very similiar experience...i have been in ltc for 10yrs and have been an rn for 2yrs. i was hired 3mos ago as don in a small facility. the previos don wanted to be the mds so she could work p.t. to spend time traveling with her retired husband. the admin. new me and called me for the position. he knew i have no experience as a don. anyways, as it turns out...he has no backbone, the mds/prior don runs the place and everything she says goes. the first 2 or 3 weeks were fine, but then i started to feel like she didn't want me there. she kept changing things...she would show me something one day and say that i need to do it. then a week later she would say that the medical records person should do it, then the following week she would say the nurses should do it. nontheless, i tried to keep up with the constant changes. then, she had me moved out of the office so she could have her space back, i was crammed into a small office with medical records. the office was originally a tub room. in there we could barely fit the two chart racks on one wall (one of the racks was behind the door) and on the other wall was our desks. i was constantly getting banged by people coming in and out to get to the charts. my back has been killing me. then without any complaints or warnings i was let go. i know that she wants to bring in one of her friends from her other job ( she has been working at another place for about a month, instead of traveling) and she decided she wants one of her friends to be the don. and since the admin has no backbone and she is always making me look bad, he believed her.
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    Cali2007,
    Your Scenario is pretty typical in LTC.
    Think LTC is going to get MUCH Worse.....
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    Quote from cali2007
    i had a very similiar experience...i have been in ltc for 10yrs and have been an rn for 2yrs. i was hired 3mos ago as don in a small facility. the previos don wanted to be the mds so she could work p.t. to spend time traveling with her retired husband. the admin. new me and called me for the position. he knew i have no experience as a don. anyways, as it turns out...he has no backbone, the mds/prior don runs the place and everything she says goes. the first 2 or 3 weeks were fine, but then i started to feel like she didn't want me there. she kept changing things...she would show me something one day and say that i need to do it. then a week later she would say that the medical records person should do it, then the following week she would say the nurses should do it. nontheless, i tried to keep up with the constant changes. then, she had me moved out of the office so she could have her space back, i was crammed into a small office with medical records. the office was originally a tub room. in there we could barely fit the two chart racks on one wall (one of the racks was behind the door) and on the other wall was our desks. i was constantly getting banged by people coming in and out to get to the charts. my back has been killing me. then without any complaints or warnings i was let go. i know that she wants to bring in one of her friends from her other job ( she has been working at another place for about a month, instead of traveling) and she decided she wants one of her friends to be the don. and since the admin has no backbone and she is always making me look bad, he believed her.
    i am so sorry, i guess good riddance to bad rubbage, it was a bad situation and you are best out of it, just get the adm who knows you to write for you a good reference anyway if possible. you made a mistake in taking the position to begin with, never take don if the previous don is staying on...she will of course run the show and leave you looking bad.
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    thanks for your replies....i wish i knew this before. i started to suspect something was up when she started to talk about the other facility needs a don and said "not that im trying to get rid of you or anything" a few weeks ago. then when i was moved up front in that little office, i felt offended. but, i did not complain because i did not want to lose my job. it was her idea to move me there. then one week ago, she yelled at me 3 times in front of everyone. i was ready to leave that day...i came in the following monday and she was all of a sudden on vacation until friday. then on friday in our standup she made suggestions to move medical records to the linen closet so the don could be alone in that office, i knew she had one of her buddies in mind. and she could not let her buddy put up with getting bumped into every few minutes. she also is moving everyone from the other office to another closet and make that office to an employee break room....and the admin completely went along with all of it. then at the end of the day he called me to his office and said that i have one week of probation left and this is not working out and here is your check. i never had any complaints or warnings.....i worked very hard, stayed very late daily, and did everything asked of me......i feel so stupid and worthless.


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