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?
Last edit by Mrs. SnowStormRN on May 22, '11
This is only going to get worse. "Supply and Demand" when the demand out matched the supply. Hospitals would compete for new graduates to replace the high turn over that "once" plagued the Nursing profession. They also would strife to keep the nurses they had, even if the meant overlooking small infractions.
But with Hospitals being inundated with resumes there is pressure to make room. (shortage talk now is just a marketing ploy for more $$$ students)
Especially when there is tons of educated professionals desperate for the a'lure of job security that "Health Care" provides switching to Nursing. In my class we have one student with a MBA. Another is a failed Med Student who has a Biology degree. Yet another is a computer programmer who got laid off
besides those we have people with Psych,political science, business degrees
Last edit by kabooski on May 22, '11