Quote from crazy&cuteRN
I have a different perspective than others. I wouldn't resign at this point, however I think you should start upgrading your resume and passively look for a job. Always think the worse and have a plan. Worse case scenario is you'll be terminated if no improvement is shown, so make sure you have a plan B. Since I've been in nursing I've seen that it is a great idea to always have an updated resume and a plan of escape. You just never know.
And IMHO, always have a second job. Per diem is fine, if that is all you can do. I have listed the reasons for this in several threads on AN, and I will only repeat them if you want me to do so--cause, how many times do people want to read through the same thing from me?
I sort of agree with crazy and cuteRN. . .but it could go either way. I'm not there to read the nonverbal and all things that may be read in-between the lines. What I do know is that sometimes these performance improvement plans are set up with genuinely good intentions. Sometimes it's just a way to make it look like the place tried to keep you; but "the nurse just wouldn't fall in line." Even At-Will employers like to have something in a file to make it look like it's all about the employee.
And sometimes that is completely true that there are serious problems with certain employees. Other times, however, it is not really about any serious problems. Other times it's somewhere in the middle of those two things. Regardless, they like to have their bases covered in case someone decides to legally object to a firing--or even, where it's not
a no-fault state for unemployment, they may take the position that UE should be denied.
So, in some of these situations, the PIP might seem well and good, but if it's not strongly objective in nature, and if you have someone evaluating you that will make issues over every little thing, makes mountains out of molehills, or spaghettify something--to the point of where you are not going to win--no matter what you do and no matter how perfect you try to become, well, then you need to be prepared to protect your reputation and move on if need be.
OTOH, however, if you can step back, and strive to be as objective as possible, and you find that there are solid reasons for their concerns, grab the bull by the horns and bang that PIP out. Show them that you are more than on the ball.
Regardless, it's not going to hurt you to find a per diem job in the mean time. Have a back up plan, and always be prepared.
Even if you do your best, you do not know for sure how this will go down.
We all want to believe that people are acting in good faith; but I have been around in nursing for two decades, and I have seen all kinds of games. Lawyers would go out of business tomorrow if more people consistently acted in good faith, left silly biases, petty politics, and insecurity issues out of their interactions with others. Humanity is flawed, and you just have to face that reality. Thus, do your part and your best--you act in good faith--but be prepared and carefully protect yourself from those that do not act in good faith
Those involved with you that are acting on the behalf of the institution may certainly be acting in good faith, or they may not be.
All you can do is your absolute best to do right and look out for yourself.
If a nurse doesnt' work under a very sound contract--whether by union or otherwise--I say the nurse should make sure she or he holds on to a second job. Fortunately in nursing, once you get some experience, the field usually gives you opportunity for per diem or agency work. Having a secondary nursing job isn't about getting extra money. It's about protection of your reputation and references, as well as your financial wellbeing.