The Black List - page 2

Hi all, Wondering if there is such a thing as a Secret Black list ? And what type of issues can put a nurse on this list ? I've been doing all the grueling footwork involved in my job search and feel as if I'm just losing... Read More

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    I need help. I am new to Arizona and I picked up a job here in LTC, and didn't do much looking into the company before hand (REGRETS!!!). Well, I was offered a perm position on one of their units as a full time charge nurse & I took it and was looking elsewhere at the same time.... My first night (NOC) on shift I was SHOCKED at what the aids were doing.....or more like what they were NOT doing. Patients were NOT being changed, they were total bed changes for the next shift, their rooms were disasters; garbage overflowing, smelly odors from human waste, call lights completely ignored to where the patients were crying out... etc. I was stunned at the negligence & then realized I am the "new nurse", AND one of the aids, his wife was a nurse on another floor at this facility... When the next shift came in I spoke to the aid relieving my shifts aid & asked her how she felt about total bed changes & the rooms looking the way they do when she comes in (I've seen aids chase each other to their cars for not completing their "rounds" and leaving such mess to another shift!). She paused and said, "There's NOTHING you can do about this Cyndi....That's IF you want to keep your job in the very least.." I said, "What do you mean by that"? she said, "These people are dangerous Cyndi and in the very least you will lose your job, so I just come in and quietly clean it up and keep my mouth shut". Well, naturally, I CANNOT allow for this to happen on my shift and take responsibility as shift supervisor.... I tried a friendly, positive approach to try to motivate them to want to do their jobs better.... and right.... and it was like Holy Water to the EXCORSIST! Then I had everyone snubbing me, calling me names, etc. I went to a trusted person that does the schedule (mind you, he told me himself that the aids run this place, doing whatever they want & NOT doing their jobs and it has been going on for WAY too long now. That also, more often than not, a new nurse hires on & will either NOT come back or leave halfway through her shift.... hmm... had I ONLY known this going into this place!!!), I told him I was ready to give notice, I just couldnt continue with things the way they were, and I was NOT going to put my name on this abuse & neglect!. He started to take a stand, and remove one of the main players off her shift....only to have him come in WITH her an hour later, promising me things would be different and she was going to stop with her harassment.... Of course it didnt and IT ONLY GOT WORSE, because now I'm a "SNITCH".... The aid that his wife is a nurse on another unit there? She started coming down, making snitch comments in front of me during my shift, one of the other aids on my unit, she has a twin sister works on another floor & she started coming down & making the same "snitch" comments... Let me tell you, I was getting it from every angle! IT WAS HORRIBLY STRESSFUL...
    A few nights later I called the unit manager, during my shift & asked for a replacement as I was FINISHED with this and was not going to tolerate being harassed & honestly? I felt threatened & worried about my own safety!
    I went home that night & It only got worse from there.... The DON told me I'M SUSPENDED FROM MY SHIFT!!! I asked WHY and if the aid (the main player in the harassment) was suspended too, she said YES, she was also suspended and I am until further investigation has been done... and I found out from someone else that she was NEVER suspended, only I was!!!!! I also learned that the aids call all their own shots there and the nurse that says anything to them will be fired out the door. The company wont back the nurse...and sadly enough, the other nurses were friends of the aids WIFE on the other floors, so I had NO ONE to turn to at all. I left the place and NEVER went back. I was not paid for a meeting I attended & obviously was deemed "the problem".... I am HEARTSICK as I ONLY wanted their jobs done & done right. NO ONE should have to lay in urine & feces all night long and call lights go completely and totally un-answered.... TOTAL patient negligence and abuse....There's SO much more, but would be a book if I listed it all here...
    So now I'm looking for a job, AGAIN... and the phone has been ghost town.... I'm worried sick that I too, have now been placed on some sort of Blacklist too.... I KNOW I could go see an attorney as I was punished for blowing the whistle on what this particular shift has been up to for God only knows how long now....I didnt want to though because I was afraid of blacklisting myself....and I'm starting to think it happened anyways.... I KNOW the right thing to do is to take a stand and stand up for my patients. But at the same time, I have children to feed & bills to pay! Is it possible my name was put out there as a trouble maker, etc.? I should have went ahead an hired an attorney as it seems like what I was trying to avoid is happening anyways..... and it makes me ILL. I check my my intentions, over and over again... I KNOW my intentions were professional and pure....and trust me, I go over what happened time & time again as I am ALL about learning and addressing what I can change about myself.... I had NO idea that I was walking into HELL and there was just NO way I could put my name on such disaster and take responsibility for what was happening as "Charge Nurse".... am I finished here???? I am horrified as I have put many Resumes in w/ apps and NO ONE is calling.... Even though my experience is a perfect match for many of the positions I've applied for.... Is there anything I can do??? I am new to this state, and feel like things got started on a bad track.... had I only known the reputation of this facility BEFORE, I would have never applied! My God, I flew down for the interview, and we all know how good things can look during the day or when others know they are being watched, so I just didnt see it during that quick, 10 minute tour I had after my interview!
    Does anyone have any input? I sure could use it!!! Do I move back home??? Ugh! Our dream was to finally get to move here.... my husband LOVES it here & I KNOW how much hes wanted to live here.... I feel like I have ruined all my opportunities because of a slum facility that I wish I had NEVER stepped foot in!!!! This is a very short version of what transpired over about 1 months time....
    I've read about this "GROUP ONE"... does this exists in Az??? Is there any way to access it to see if my names on it? Does anyone out there have the ability to look???? PLEASE help, either it will confirm my fears & I'll have to make other arrangements or maybe learn I'm being paranoid (ya, right, lol!) and it'll all blow over.... IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO???? HELP.....

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  2. 0 Check out this web site. Its the Arizona Licensing Board for long term care facilities. It will tell you how to file a complaint against that nursing home. I think it terrible the situation in that nursing home. Report them!!! Best of luck. Let us know how it goes
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    consider this your lesson learned. Don't work anywhere that you aren't in agreement with the quality of care being given. Move on, forget about that place and stop being paranoid.

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