What can get you fired?? - page 6

Hi everyone, I'm a nursing student and would like to ask the nurses here, the "hospital policy". I'm doing a poster board for the class and came up with just a few. I'd really appreciate all your... Read More

  1. by   RedhairedNurse
    Two that I know of personally

    -time/attendance
    -giving med without an order
  2. by   OttawaRPN
    Quote from dmoney8827
    These are all applicable reasons which I wholeheartedly agree with. I don't agree with "just because the manager doesn't like you, they're gonna nit pick and find a very small reason to fire you."
    All I'm going to say about this comment is if you truly believe this, you must be quite young and naive and just haven't been in the workforce very long. No, this is not specific to nursing, but it certainly is applicable to business so if you've not encountered this in your work life yet well... just give it some time.
  3. by   diane227
    Trust me on this. If you have a manager who does not like you for what ever reason, they will figure out a way to get rid of you. Either by termination or making life such hell that you leave on your own. Any manager with just a little bit of talent can get rid of someone.
  4. by   RNDreamer
    Quote from diane227
    Trust me on this. If you have a manager who does not like you for what ever reason, they will figure out a way to get rid of you. Either by termination or making life such hell that you leave on your own. Any manager with just a little bit of talent can get rid of someone.

    I have seen it at jobs I've had outside of nursing.
  5. by   naughtynurse78
    Quote from diane227
    Just about anything can get you fired. It depends a lot on what the issue is and the type of manager that you have. And it also depends on hospital policy and the board rules for your state. Certain errors might not get you fired right away but most managers look for repeat patterns over time.

    I have terminated employees on the spot for the following:
    1. Giving medication to a patient without a doctors order and resulting in harm to the patient.
    2. Failing to properly restrain a combative patient, getting in an altercation with the patient and breaking her arm.

    I have immediately suspended employees for :
    1. Being intoxicated on the job. Some facilities fire people at once for this. We chose to suspend and investigate and refer the employee for intervention and treatment, depending on the circumstances.
    2. Acting out in a patient care area (throwing charts, cursing). This particular employee was bipolar and off her medication. I gave her two weeks off, she got back on her meds and she was fine).
    3. Fighting in the workplace.
    4. Leaving the hospital, the assignment, without notifying the charge nurse.
    5. Placing a patient in harm. Pending investigation.
    6. Smoking pot in the restroom.
    7. Having sex in the stairwell while on duty.

    It goes on and on.

    Wow! Where do you work? And just to think I was fired over a hippa violation. (incurred while checking the ed roster for a co-worker I heard was there!
  6. by   Bbnurse1221
    Why do new grads get fired? Do, strong personalities clash in the nursing world?
  7. by   JSlovex2
    if a patient overhears a disagreement between you and a co-worker (which i found out from experience is easier than you think). we are "customer service" oriented and if a "customer" overhears a "disagreement" that is grounds for termination. they spend millions of dollars on renovations yearly, but apparently the doors are still really thin.
  8. by   Five&Two Will Do
    Quote from Bbnurse1221
    Why do new grads get fired? Do, strong personalities clash in the nursing world?
    Nursing is no different than any other place in that personalities clash. It is hard to deal with some of the nurses I work with. I have been working at this hospital for 7 years, and I get along with most people, but there are just a few that grate my nerves. There are also a few that probably feel that way about me I think in the end that I only really have a problem with the nurses that think they are better than me cause they happened to have nursed during the Crimean War with Florence. No person is any better than another. We all have good and bad points and nobody is perfect, most of all me. All that being said, I work in a place where it is very hard to get fired(union). Nurses get away with a lot of stuff here, but the ones who get fired usually get it for stealing drugs.
  9. by   Faithful_RN
    DeLana_RN, everything you said rings so very true. I only wish I'd known how important politics truly are in the healthcare world (and everywhere, I guess - sadly).
  10. by   canesdukegirl
    Usually throwing up both your middle fingers while exclaiming colorful language heard in the next county can generally get you fired.

    A few years ago, a co-worker put a sticky note on our NM's computer that read, "I am done with this EFFING job. Eff all of you and the high horses that you rode in on!"

    He actually tried to get his job back a couple days later.

    His request was denied.
  11. by   Jenni811
    Quote from kelsie*bear
    Hi everyone,
    I'm a nursing student and would like to ask the nurses here, the "hospital policy".
    I'm doing a poster board for the class and came up with just a few. I'd really appreciate all your inputs.

    -documentation error
    -not storing needles in sharp container box
    -medication mix up
    Thanks so much!

    I wouldn't say any of those things would really get you FIRED. One time i had to give blood to patient X and i accidently documented on patient Y. (i DID give blood to the right patient. i just documented on wrong one). So Doc called and asked why i gave blood with out an order. All i did was correct it on Patient Y's documents and put it back on Patient X chart. (Luckily on our computer charting we can document back in time so i just moved info over).
    No harm done. Buuuut i'm human, i made a mistake. Did i lose my job over it? no. Don't even think my manager found out about it.
  12. by   chicookie
    Quote from diane227
    6. Smoking pot in the restroom.
    7. Having sex in the stairwell while on duty.

    seriously?

    Did they think they could get away it? That is just plain out stupid. And number 7. That so...so..unsanitary! EW EW EW


    Trying to kill your coworker/doctors/hospital staff can get you fired. *nods* Not that I am speaking from experience or anything.
  13. by   sissiesmama
    Sex in the stairwell with an MD - someone may laught, but it happens more frequently that one may think!!

    Anne, RNC

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