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  • Nov 22

    if we're honest about it, very few of us haven't been fired from a job at some point in our lives. unless you were
    fired for stealing, or another ethics issue, what matters more is the spin you put on being let go and not the actual
    fact that you were fired.

    you should never lie on a job application because it will come back to haunt you eventually. there are two types of
    lies -- lies of commission and lies of omission. omitting a job where you were fired would be a lie of omission. i have
    never filled out a job application that did not include a signature somewhere attesting to the fact that i told the truth
    and misrepresented nothing.

    where it says "were you ever fired or let go from any job and why?" simply put something like "will discuss during
    interview." another useful phrase is "different philosophies" as is "differing management styles." without openly
    bad mouthing your old boss or workplace, you've just politely said they were impossible to work for.

  • Nov 21

    Do everything by the book. Follow all rules, policies, and procedures. Obey. Submit. Keep job, get paid. Be quiet and polite. Do not be a rogue or try to make your own rules.

    Best of luck to you.

  • Nov 21

    I have found that the cog that does not fit with the wheel gets crushed in home health. One gets 'fired' for doing what is correct and one gets 'fired' for not doing what is correct, while observing others that literally get away with everything in the book and out of the book. But since you encountered this in other venues more than once, it seems it would be prudent to look at your own responses to work issues and whether or not you need to change your own behavior.

  • Nov 21

    I wanted to share the good news! I was terminated from my job as a home health nurse a year ago on Halloween (read all about it: You’re Fired: The Story of How I Lost My Job and Gained My Calling - Safety First Nursing). I followed some good advice (don't be vindictive to your former employer, volunteer, network, create opportunities) from some great nurses (nurse Beth and Donna Cardillo ROCK). I was completely honest on my application and in my interview and though it was hard, it was healing as well. I am on the road to recovery! THANK YOU for being on allnurses.com - the support we all give each other means so much.

  • Nov 21

    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Well, that sucks. Here's hoping you land on your feet and kick a few people in the head on the way down.
    Thanks so much. Not feeling the need to kick anybody. Just so wish, all of us nurses could be appreciated for what we do.

  • Nov 21

    Hi! So sorry to hear about your experience I can relate. I worked as a tech for a year at a prestigious hospital. I was in the float pool, and soon found a unit that I absolutely loved: trauma/vascular/surgical. I got along so well with the other nurses and felt so comfortable there. When I finally passed my NCLEX, I actually held out until a position was available on that unit. THAT'S how much I loved it. Well a position finally opened up and I applied and was hired! I was so excited and nervous at the same time. Even though I loved and respected my co-workers, I felt as though I had more to prove since I worked there frequently as a tech. I was diagnosed with ADHD about a year prior to landing that RN job. When I was given a warning about being late at times passing meds, I completely panicked and told the nurse educator about my ADHD. I assured her that I often had a "slow start" when starting a new job, but once I got the hang of it, I excelled and always performed extremely well. I was known on that unit as being an "awesome" tech (if not the best, according to others) and let her know that in the beginning, it took me a bit longer than most to work out my routine/time management. She knew as well that I was a very good tech, and seemed understanding. She assured me that "everything would be fine" and that I would do great. She thanked me for letting her know about my situation and told me not to be embarrassed (I was sooo scared to tell her, since only immediate family members knew of my diagnosis). I felt so much better after talking with her, but unfortunately, the very next day, I received a phone call from my director saying that I was not to return to work until we had a meeting. Mind you, we had just had a meeting (the one where I was given a warning). We were unable to have the meeting until the following week. When I showed up to the unit, the director informed me that we would be meeting with HR. I knew what was coming. We went to HR and all the lies came out: I was "late administering insulin" (not true, NEVER gave insulin late), they had an MSN speak with me about my situation to offer help (not true, although I did briefly meet this woman, and all we did was introduce ourselves, nothing else), among many other false criticisms for which I strongly defended myself/proved them wrong. I explained that my first preceptor did not make time for me to teach me the correct ways in doing things, and so I requested a new preceptor, who did teach me well, but I was not given long enough time to show improvement, even though I did improve. In fact, the charge nurse the weekend prior made it a point to tell me that I was doing very well, appeared confident and managing my time well, etc. Basically, what I got from all of this is that the director completely freaked out when she heard I had ADHD and wanted nothing to do with me at that point. I regret ever saying anything about it... Anyways, so only 4 1/2 weeks into my orientation, I was fired, regardless of all the points I brought up. Mind you they expected me to only be on orientation for 6 weeks, preferably less. And this is a large level 1 trauma center with so much going on. I was so sad to leave the unit I loved and the coworkers I admired and appreciated. And especially the patients, who were always thankful and always told me I was a great nurse.
    I lost my dream job. I was devastated. For the first few months, I was too traumatized to look for another job. When I finally got enough courage, it was extremely difficult maneuvering around that giant question mark on my resume. Then I just simply removed that nursing job from my experience. I only included my tech job. That's when I started receiving callbacks. However, in job interviews, the fact that I went so long without a job looked bad. "Why did you quit the tech job?" "Why didn't you get a nursing job there?" Difficult questions to answer without lying.
    Almost a year after I was fired, I was finally given a chance by a subacute rehab unit in a nursing home. I want to point out though, that I physically went to this facility (as well as several others) as opposed to filling out online applications, which proved to be a waste of time. The director interviewed me right there on the spot and appeared ready to hire me, but decided to have me come in the next day, in which she could have a meeting with other supervisors/staff members. And I was hired that day! I was again excited and scared, but learned from my mistakes. I have been at this job for 9 months now, and I am happy with it for the most part, although I see myself going in a different direction eventually. I have come to the conclusion that I do NOT want to work at a large hospital again. Maybe a small one. Ideally, I would love to work in a wound care clinic, as I have become fascinated with wound care and really enjoy it. For now, I am getting my experience here, and hope to be certified in wound care once applicable (with continued experience) and eventually attain my MSN.
    Good luck! Don't let this destroy you! Like others have said, this was probably not the place for you. You will find something somewhere where you will feel comfortable and successful. Things don't always happen the way we want them to, but in the long run, it's usually for a reason. Good luck in your future. Believe in yourself. Gain confidence. You can do it! Don't ever let others define you. You know you are better than that.

  • Nov 20

    I don't have any advice for you but did want to wish you well and tell you not to give up. Dust yourself off and start firing out applications. There are some terrible people in the world and some awful management. Don't let those who like to bring others down win.

  • Oct 10 '15

    We need to stop this, ethics demands that the pt has a say in their treatment. If we can tell a family their mom signed to be an organ donor and it's no longer up to them what happens to the pts organs why can we not tell family we are abiding by the written wishes of the pt for their living will.

  • Dec 14 '12

    Quote from T-Bird78
    If you call out sick and don't have a note, even for just one day, you don't get to use PTO with it.
    *** I used to work at a large Magnet hospital that had the same policy. One day some of us nurses were standing around in the ER talking about it and an ER physican heard us. He was incredulous and said that was the stupidiest thing he had ever heard (quite a statement coming from an experienced ER physician). This great man told us that if any of us ever needed a doctors note to show up in the ER and he would write us a note, and he did! All we had to do was walk in (we didn't wait in the waiting room but used the employee entrance) and say "Hi Doc!" and he would grab an Rx pad and write "PMFB-RN was seen by me in the ER today", hand it to us and we would be on our merry way. Word got around and pretty soon staff from the whole hospital was dropping by to ge a note. That one doc talked the other ER physicians into also writing us notes. He said "afer all it's perfectly true! You actually did see nurse Smith on the ER today" No other deails were on the note and the doc enjoyed telling nursing management that no he could not elaborate about what were were seen in the ER for, HIPAA you know!

  • Dec 14 '12

    Quote from blondy2061h
    The media is out of control. Their ceaseless pestering led to Diana's death, and now just a few short years into Will and Kate's marriage there's already been a needless death.
    The audience the media serves is more out of control. If not, there would be no media wasting their time on the celebrity crap.

    Those who buy the tabloids, visit the web sites, or watch the TV shows are "contributors."

  • Dec 14 '12

    Quote from rngolfer53
    The audience the media serves is more out of control. If not, there would be no media wasting their time on the celebrity crap.

    Those who buy the tabloids, visit the web sites, or watch the TV shows are "contributors."
    So true.

  • Dec 13 '12

    We had a really mean pt on our oncology unit. I was told she was a very intelligent and articulate woman who was in denial for a long time and who was now trying to blame the medical establishment for her life limiting cancer. She was leaving the unit for daily radiation tx. Lucky for me I never was assigned to her during her two or three brief stays with us. Next door to her was my sweet, simple pt--a frequent flier who had life limiting colon cancer. She was on heavy amounts of Dilauded and was a bit of a scatterbrained to begin with.

    She would leave the unit frequently with IV pole in tow to visit the vending machines or people watch in the lobby. Upon returning, My scatter brain sweat-heart pt passed me by at the front desk establishing it would be another hour before she could have her PRN Dilauded/Benedryl combo. She left me and went out of sight down the hall where she settled into the wrong room, sitting on the edge of the bed of the mean pt who started to pitch a fit on the level you've never heard/seen before when she returned with her transport team who had already been yelled at several times for various things. Needless to say they disappeared as soon as they could so she leashed a full fury attack on my sweet pt--throwing racial slurs and just saying the meanest things.

    My pt had barely sat down and didn't touch anything, still we remade the bed and obtained a new meal tray. We arranged for a flower delivery. We even wiped all surfaces down with Sani Wipes and called housekeeping to clean the restroom. Mean Lady berated me the whole time to her own nurse who she also treated badly.

    While I and the other nurse attempted to do "service recovery" on the mean pt. (and I kindly asked the relief nurse to settle my crying pt into her own room and pull some Ativan early for her based on a phone order I had just obtained), my manager pulled me aside and said she would be writing me up for not preventing my pt from going into the wrong room. That I should have been rounding frequently enough to have noticed my pt was in the wrong room.

    So tell me, I asked, how would I know my frequently ambulating/restless pt had settled into the room covered by another nurse? She told me that I should been a good enough nurse to have prevented the situation. Hmmm, I thought to myself, no amount of "good nursing" was going to prevent an honest mistake from happening that was totally unrelated to my nursing care. Am I right?

  • Oct 2 '12

    I wish nurses would treat each other better

  • Sep 30 '12

    Just as much as I wouldn't tolerate verbal and emotional abuse at home, there's no reason why I would tolerate it in the work place.
    Document, document, document and raise it to the hierachy.

  • Sep 30 '12

    Job hunt now while you are still employed. Don't leave until you find another position.. 6 months is not ideal but that shouldn't stop you from looking and putting yourself out there. As for the doc, write her up and keep going up your chain of command. If you must, file a complaint with the state or what ever the governing body of MD's are. The last MD I knew like that lost his license in one state and had to go through anger management plus rehab in his current state for this type of behavior...


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