let go on first day because of OSHA :(

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    I was just hired for my first RN job in pediatric office. Today was my first day! I was soo excited and my family was so proud of me. I had so many people congratulate me for my job offer this weekend and wished me luck. I went in and filled out all of the dreadful paperwork. Then the nurse supervisor and I went over the employee handbook and gave me a tour of the facility while introducing me to everyone as the new nurse. We also went over OSHA. After this, she gave me two quizzes. One quiz was on TB which I got 100% on. The other quiz was on OSHA. I got the first question wrong which was about something I've never heard of. It had something to do with which one doesn't involve OSHA and the answer was CLIA. I've never heard of that term and the supervisor even said being I'm a new nurse I've probably never heard of those terms. The second question I got wrong I didn't understand but after she reviewed why I got it wrong, I realized I read the question wrong and explained that.

    Then I was sent to read over materials and then was sent on an hour lunch. When I came back, I was told that the nursing manager needed to talk to me. I was informed that I didn't pass the OSHA quiz based on their standards and was told I couldn't be employed. They said I needed more education and I would be a liability to them to hire me. Is this ok?? I was heartbroken, my family was heartbroken, and I feel like I got screwed over.
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    Hunh?? Sounds totally weird. Gotta be more to the story.
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    No.. Actually there is not more to the story.. So then you are agreeing by saying its not right? Yeah like I said I got screwed over.
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    That's really weird!!!!
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    Huh - so they thought that a new nurse should automatically know all about lab regulations (CLIA) and workplace safety (OSHA) even though it is not part of nursing scope of practice or included in your nursing education??? Did they ever consider the fact that new new hires need to be oriented/trained on all the job-specific stuff?

    Sounds like you had a lucky escape. This is obviously not a good working environment. If they keep this up, they are eventually going to be sued for using such an arbitrary "test" as a basis for termination. It's really ironic - they expect new hires to understand all the esoteric regulations that affect their office practice, but the manager is apparently not in compliance with (extremely clear) FEDERAL employment laws - go figure.
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    In 15 years of working in various nursing and non-nursing jobs, I have never been tested on anything related to OSHA. Keep in mind that I worked in a paper products factory for three years where OSHA compliance was absolutely necessary due to the dangerous environment.

    Although I do not know the whole story, something just isn't right.
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    That is weird. I've had jobs where I was tested on OSHA, but I got to keep the booklet and look up the answers while doing the test. They just wanted us to be able to say we had read the information. Usually the test was about 20 questions though.
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    What the ****??? That is all twisted man
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    Sorry, but I don't buy it. There must be something more to your story.
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    Thanks everyone. And yes I wish there was more to the story that I could tell you. However that is the story.. Sounds made up but it's sadly not. They did ask me if I learned OSHA in nursing school. I said I've heard of the term and probably went over it but nothing in great detail. The nurse manager found this weird and continued to say I needed to have more education because I would need to know this stuff no matter where I went. Oh well.. On to find something else I guess.
    OnlybyHisgraceRN likes this.


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