New Nurse Fired After 3 months (cant find another job) - page 2

by silentwolves | 8,796 Views | 14 Comments

Hello all! I am in serious need of help! I was fired from my first job as an RN at a local hospital. I was put on a ventilator/respiratory floor even though I told them my interest was more surgical based... In early... Read More


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    It truly sounds like the facility you were working for is a toxic environment. Nurses shouldn't be fired because a patient falls as there is no way to prevent that unless you have a nurse sitting by the bedside 24-7. A lot of bed alarms don't go off until the patients feet hit the floor and by that time its often too late if you are at the other end of the hall.That was an unfair firing based on the info you gave. If you aren't in a right to work state...you might have a case. Personally I would NEVER disclose a disability to an employer....especially anything psychological as you will be stigmatized and possibly discriminated against.It is your ethical responsibility to assess your limitations....seek treatment. ...and evaluate your ability to deliver safe and effective nursing care. Keep your chin up...don't let this break your confidence. Keep trying to find your place. I worked in a hospital for several years where the community of nurses was very "high school"...politics were very toxic. I'm really enjoying my work in Home Health.
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    Dude, lots of people have a rough start in nursing. It can be from any number of things, some you can control, others you can't. Relocate if that's what it takes to get a job. Pray, believe in yourself, don't give up just because others don't believe in you.
    Sabr likes this.
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    I know this post is a little old...but wow...

    Your patient was a fall risk, you had them with a bed alarm, which is your main secondary prevention, but they fell anyways and the alarm failed to activate...so you filled out the incident report.

    i have gotten extensive help on these reports esp in the beginning, and have always had the opportunity to talk to the manager to add things or clarify...

    So basically your facility believes that one should be axed if an error occurs even if they follow protocol?

    Maybe the alarm was out of position, or the outlet died...i guess if it was broken from the start one should make sure its functioning, and replace it. This last thing would be similar a failure to activate or use a bed alarm...a failure to follow safety protocol...

    but still, this happens to the best nurses, an oversight, misjudgement, or an error...nurses should not be fired bc they are human.

    I'm sorry this happened...i would definitely investigate more into the reasoning for firing you.
    starlane likes this.
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    I'm very sorry silent wolf. It looks like you fell in a trap called nursing. You were wrongfully terminated. Your boss used you as the scapegoat. Yes, you were basically backstabbed by your preceptor aka another nurse. That's how this field operates. Your eaten and spit back out so you can endure more pain. You must of fell for the lie that is nursing. You probably see what it's really like now. If i were you, i'd stop wasting anymore precious time and find a career that you'll enjoy. Nurses make 50-75k on avg. Accountants, Engineers, Computer Scientists, with similar degrees make the same if not a little bit more. There are plenty of choices and a lot of job with way less stress.
    Graduatenurse14 likes this.
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    You were wrongfully discharged! First, the alarm may have malfunctioned and should have been evaluated by biomed or engineering. Most facilities are not even using alarms as CMS considers them a restraint, a passive restraint to be sure, but a restrained all the same.

    Secondly, you should have received instruction regarding occurrence reports in orientation AND been told your preceptors would walk you through the first one.

    That did not happen, so your ass of a manager compounded this poor excuse for orientation and preceptors, and actually retaliated against you!

    For heavens sake, people FALL. Even with alarms. I had one fall standing right next to me. We were standing at a window side by side and he simply toppled over. I could not turn fast enough to catch him and probably could have done nothing to prevent anyway as at the time I weighed 99 pounds at 4' 10" and he was 6' 3" and about 220 pounds. Went over like a downed tree. Got a lovely goose egg. And laid on the floor laughing. We found out he had a heart problem that caused it. Lucky he was not on his job at the time - he drove a semi!

    I think I'd find a labor lawyer. Unless you are employed in a 'work at will' state, in which case you may resign any time without giving a reason but they can also discharge you for no reason. Then you are screwed, because a labor lawyer can do you no good.
    silentwolves and Graduatenurse14 like this.


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