Terminated without warning - page 3

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... Read More

  1. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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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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  2. Visit  Lonestarrn02 profile page
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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
  3. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  cali2007 profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  Bella'sMyBaby profile page
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    Cali2007,
    Your Scenario is pretty typical in LTC.
    Think LTC is going to get MUCH Worse.....
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  6. Visit  achot chavi profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  cali2007 profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  MaritesaRN profile page
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    You might feel hurt right now, but you know something , there are always people like this..........I guess the smaller the place the more it gets to be a mom and pops business , and this is not really good because it becomes too "family" oriented and you will get the drama and the playing favorites. Maybe it is good to work in a bigger company specially for this kind of a specialty, where everything is run appropriately like a corporate?? those who work hard gets the kudos instead of the family friend or uncle that needs a job? I do not like groupies in a work place......they are a nuisance and gets in the way of progress.
    So, it is a blessing that you are out of this environment, and do not forget to tell administration your story...it is good for them to know what is going on .
  9. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    quote=cali2007;4223765. . .
    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.


    wow. . .it is so not you, cali2007. don't spend another minute feeling worthless. moving people into closets to make a break room? unreal. i know the lord says vengeance is his, but it sure would be good if someone moved her office into an andy gump out in the parking lot. grrrr
  10. Visit  carlanocnurse profile page
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    I'm sorry you got terminated, especially so unfairly. You're certainly not alone, if that's any consolation. Being a DON is very tough. In my state, the average tenure of a DON is 18 months. How well you do isn't entirely under your control, as you've just learned. I've been called by headhunters for DON positions, and told them I'd do it when hell freezes over. They said, "I hear that a lot."
  11. Visit  achot chavi profile page
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    Quote from carlanocnurse
    I'm sorry you got terminated, especially so unfairly. You're certainly not alone, if that's any consolation. Being a DON is very tough. In my state, the average tenure of a DON is 18 months. How well you do isn't entirely under your control, as you've just learned. I've been called by headhunters for DON positions, and told them I'd do it when hell freezes over. They said, "I hear that a lot."
    Thats so true, the best part of being an ADON is not being the DON, although ours has lasted now 7 years...can you believe it? she has nerves of steel. Her career was from OR nurse to teaching nursing, DON for 10 years in a small hospital and now DON for a 200 bed LTCF.


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