And it has been less than one year....to back track, I had gone back to school for one year to get my LPN training after being unemployed for a short time. During that time I also worked a part time job. I made it through with a 91.7 average, which I thought, "Not bad for an old broad"?
I passed the boards..no problem. I got a job with a small hospital on the Med-Surg floor which is what I wanted. At first, it seemed I had a problem getting off Orientation as the the supervisor felt I was "behind" and she had to talk to the Charge Nurses I worked with, then I was scheduled for Nights and was finally signed on. During the month's since then, I was approached for some minor problems that occured [3x's]. Now 8 month's into this, I have had one medication error and that has put me on probation. This resulted in no injury to the patient.
The supervisor did not even talk to two of my Charge Nurses, and her criticism states that I do not know how to use equipment [?], don't communicate well with Dr's, rely too much on my Charge Nurse, and she states that I am not knowledgeable for someone at my level of experience. I asked her to tell me specifics and she thought I was being disagreeable. I said this in a nice way.
Now all this in mind, I cannot afford to lose my job and I disagree with her evaluation. I have discussed this with the Charge Nurses I have worked with and they [at least they claim to] feel that this evaluation is not fair.
What are my chances of finding another position if I lose this job? Do I have any recourse?
My patients keep me going through the night. The feedback I get from them is SO positive. Otherwise, I think I would just give up. Anyone else had this problem?