MtnRN 1,456 Views
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I worked with two nurses recently that are young, and very rude! I've been a nurse for 30 years and never been disrespected like this. They made comments about my age "50" that were discriminating to say the least, and they kept putting down other coworkers and saying how incompetent this person or that person was. Even in front of the client..which admitted it made him afraid of "new nurses".
On the last day of training they called our corporate office and made up complete lies about me. I suppose because I confronted them and suggested that they help nurses learn the job instead of waste time putting everyone down. Well I am new..they are not..and now I just got suspended and the patient says he doesn't want me back. I got along with the patient..I thought. I've never been disciplined or suspended in my entire life. I've had jobs for upwards of 15 years. Needless to say this whole experience in working with these two hurts and makes me want to leave the profession completely!
Nursing is analogous to "walking in a minefield".
From the moment you "apply" you are scrutinized.
HR, Admin.Staff (peer interviews).
Doctors/patients/family/coworkers/management.............everyone looks for "weakness"...........
This in a "business" that professes to care about "people".
I'm people, too. Have spent over 30 years caring for others.
Would I do it again? NO!!! But I need to make a living...doing what I no longer believe in.
Myself, my friends, indeed my dogs, top the list of my concerns.
I'm appalled at the direction "health care" has taken.
I look EVERYDAY for alternative income.
To the newcomers....be VERY, Very aware of what you're getting into.
It WILL break your heart.
Im in a unionized position... this never happens to me.
Yes, I do feel that a lot of facilities treat nurses very poorly. They will continue to do so until we stand as a group and tell them that we will not allow this treatment anymore. Sadly, only a few of us do and they can take care of a few "trouble making malcontents".
I've been reading many posts recently of nurses losing their jobs over the smallest things. This is appalling. Are we that replaceable? Yet the nursing "shortage" rumor continues. This really grinds my gears. Is there anything we can do to stop this? I think I'm just venting. I've personally never been fired from a nursing job, but I have been mistreated on a job before. For example, I worked in LTC for 4yrs (2yrs before that as an aid), it was my 1st nursing job. I didnt like the way things were done there, how employees were treated based on what patient families would complain about (mom doesn't like her roommate, so we would constantly be switching room assignments, dad didnt get his pills until 7pm, when they were due at 6pm - things like this would make mgmt jumped down our throats) and this was early 2000s. So I started looking for another job, well the job I applied for called for employment verification and of course all of the managers were made aware and they begin to treat me differently. Even accusing me of being rude to the secretary. It's like they were trying to find mistakes, eventually I got written up for not wrapping a skin tear (on my 2nd shift, because I'd wrapped it during 7-3, when 3-11 came the 2nd nurse was a no show and they did not provide any coverage, so I didnt get to the skin tear, I missed it somehow. The amount of patients I had was about 30 that night). I refused to sign the write up and argued my case that no harm had come to the patient for this (and that I had no previous verbal warnings), I even had to send two other patients out that night. Also, they complained about nurses staying over their shift time, smh! Other things occurred also, I begin to feel like they were harrassing me, after years of working for them and always going above and beyond for them. I was so happy when I got hired at the other job, it felt so good to put in my notice. They had a lot of unfair treatment in that facility, and I'm beginning to believe that many facilities feel they can treat us badly. Does anyone else feel this way?
Hospitals care more about the "customer" than the employee. So I bet you can guess my thoughts on the subject.
I'm loyal right up to the moment a better opportunity presents itself. Does that count?
I think you nailed it!
"The princess as I see it is the nurse who is allowed to demand and receive privileges and the staff as a whole panders to it. Specifically, the princess can protest her assignment, demand extra staff and throw an occasional tantrum when she gets upset. This same assignment and staffing ratio has been managed without complaint or problem by other shifts yet when the princess complains it becomes a "justifiable issue that needs immediate correction. "
I can't understate how many times I hear how much smoother the shift is when there are men working. I don't want to offend the ladies, I love'em, but you asked.....
Grrrrrrr. I'd have called him out and then made a call to HR after the fact. That is a HUGE pet peeve of mine, the clinic where I go pulls crap like that all the time: "Can I speak to Dr. William's nurse?" "Sure, hold on please", "Hi this is Cathy!" "Are you a nurse?" "I'm an MA" "so that's a no." Well, I'm Dr. WILLIAM'S nurse". No, you aren't!!! Grrrrrr
A family member was recently seen in an ER. One of her care providers introduced himself as a "med tech" and the family member asked "What does that mean?" and the response was " it is the same thing as a nurse". My family member went on to watch everything this person did while she was there, and saw vital signs, linen changes, positioning changes, paperwork, and things in the scope of a nurse assistant. This family member happened to know the difference, and we talked about this when she came home from the ER.
Is there a way to handle this, as I know this post is not the first one to discuss unlicensed assistive personnel representing themselves as nurses. The family member asked a nurse about it, and she just smiled and said that there was a difference and they did really need the help of med techs. (Which is nice, but doesn't solve the issue of representing oneself as a nurse when in fact they are not.) Should she mention this in the patient comment survey that she will most likely receive or not? Thoughts?
Hello to fellow Nurses in Arms! I haven't been on this site for over a year because I did finally land a job and have been too busy to post. That's good news. I just re-read the last 6 or 7 pages of this thread and it makes me sad. It also makes me a bit sad that there are mean-spirited trolls in just about every hospital or workplace. It has been work to re-learn a former life but energizing. I've moved to a different community (after being told by a former manager that I'd never get work in that area of the state, again! How nutty is that?) and pretty much started over. Trust is gone maybe my blind love of my profession..... I hope not.
There is NO benefit to you in writing a letter of resignation. It would only serve to harm you.
File for unemployment and be prepared for your claim to be denied and be prepared to appeal the denial. Hopefully you will find another position sooner than later, because if unemployment is as meager in your state as it is in Louisiana ($247 per week and less than that in Mississippi), your days unemployed will be difficult.
The main thing I want so desperately to impart to you is this: Damn good nurses get fired EVERYDAY for NO good reason. Innumerable false "reasons" are given for firing them. The actual reasons have to do with baser aspects of human nature, such as supervisors who feel threatened by competent employees. Organizations that cultivate dishonest atmosphere where cutting corners and falsifying records are threatened by employees who demonstrate integrity.
It is a wretched thing to be fired for no GOOD reason from a job you have enjoyed and done well. The wretchedness is compounded by the super difficult economic problems our country is facing.
Keep your head up and carry yourself with pride and dignity. Be prepared for people to be make unflattering assumptions about you solely on the basis of your having been fired. Be prepared to be rejected for employment because you have been fired. Keep in mind that the organizations that reject you are probably not organizations that you really want to work for anyway. Keep your head up.
This is not a fun or happy situation to experience. I know you must be fiercely disappointed right now. Disappointment can weigh so heavily that it feels like failure. It is not failure.
As trite as it sounds, this can be a time for tremendous personal growth. You can find yourself utterly devastated and you can stay defeated and distraught OR you can pause and try to see just what you can learn from this situation. All you can do is all you can do. You can do nothing more. What's meant to be will be. Things will work out for you.
Yes, this is the voice of experience talking to you.
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