cdthorste 861 Views
Joined Sep 29, '12.
Posts: 11 (55% Liked)
Your story is similar to mine.
Even back then, it was obvious to me that my managers were untrustworthy.
I just wanted to tough it out....just because. For the principle of the thing.
Getting fired, with a terrible reference can be devastating in the nursing world. And even worse if you're in a state where your terminator is automatically reported to the board.
Follow your intuition, and good luck to you.
Get out of your current job and find some temporary work as a private duty nurse. That's what I did, and the flexibility is wonderful. You can choose your schedule, the patients you work with, and the areas you work in. With your past experience, I bet you can get hired at a decent home health company
if you need a full time job with insurance, private duty nursing doesn't always offer that (in my company, we're not guaranteed 40 hours a week because patients can cancel shifts at the last minute). But at least you should consider this because it can give you some time to breathe. I might get paid a little less than a hospital job, but I've been able to travel, take classes and see my friends. It was a fantastic way to get over a horrible job experience.
Look for a place that can give you a good schedule, say only weekend days (they won't say no to you if you offer to work weekends or nights). Then use uoir freetime to get some counseling, take yoga. Reconnect with family or contact a community center that offers job counseling services.
My agency actually does like me a lot. So I have that going for me. They also tend to err on the side of retaining nurses, as opposed to thinning the herds like some facilities do. So it's not them I'm worried about.
But if a patient's family member just complained "I saw nurse X" asleep, and took it to the state board, how on earth can they justify filing charges against her? As I said, unless there's photo evidence, it's their word against the nurse's.
in a court of law, it would probably be considered insufficient evidence. But I'm wondering if nursing boards have different standards for evidence?
I'm a private duty peds nurse who primarily does night shifts. While I've managed to stay awake at work, I occasionally feel a need to just close my eyes for about 5 seconds at a time when they get tired. No longer than that. When I do, I'm always sitting up, reading or looking at my iPhone when I do.
my question is, if a patient sees me with my eyes closed, and if they report me to my agency and/or nursing board, how is the investigation handled? It seems like in these cases, it's he said/she said, so how do any nurses ever found guilty of this? I can always argue that I'm immediately responsive, that I'm always holding my book in a way that only a wakeful person could, but it's still my word against theirs.
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