Hi. ANY advice is appreciated here. I am a 15 year veteran RN who just got terminated for something so trivial I am embarrassed to post it here. It has nothing to do with patient care. I have never made a med error, never received a patient or family complaint, in fact I get commendations almost daily with many "You are the best nurse I have ever had." I LOVE my job and I think it shows. I work well with and am well respected by my peers, CNA's, physicians I work with, and other staff and am friendly with everyone from the Attendings to housekeepers.
I have worked several units, but this last one I have witnessed the worst favoritism, discrimination, and no support from management than any other unit I have worked. My coworkers are hardworking (some bad apples, like every unit) and we have come to work well together as a team for the most part bc management does not support us, unless of course we are this manager's "pets" and do favors for her. Things started to get really bad and my vacation requests would not get approved when others with much less seniority got approved, and I started to complain. Things got even worse and I started getting written up for trivial things, having NOTHING to do with patient care. I had never been written up before. I went to HR and filed complaints. HR of course "found no merit" to my complaints, even though many of my coworkers confided to me and complained about the same things for years, even before I transferred to this unit. Out of fear of losing their jobs they would not complain to HR. Of course I tried to transfer but the writeups prevented them.
My biggest fear was that this manager would retaliate and try to fire me because of the complaints I filed. I tried to tell HR this. But my prediction came true and this manager found another trivial write up that she used to terminate me bc I was on final warning from the last 2 trivial write ups. trust me the write ups have nothing to do with my performance as a nurse, they were for things all nurses forget to do once in a while such as forgetting to do a valuables checklist when transferring a patient from one room to another---writeups no one else was getting written up for. So now that this manager term'd me, she is bragging about it, my coworkers are scared to death themselves of getting fired, and they are upset that this happened to me. I was a nurse who helped everyone, even when I was busy, even if I knew that nurse talked behind my back if she needed an IV for her hard stick patient, i would do the IV for the good of the patient. I am appealing the termination to get re-instated, even though I was so stressed there for the longest time. always afraid of getting written up, and fired. Even though I have overwhelming evidence that this manager is retaliating, HR seems to be siding with her. I am thinking of filing charges with EEOC. Is there anything else I can do, anyone else I can contact, would writing a letter to MAGNET or the CEO of my hospital help?
I am in step one of the appeal process, but I do not feel anyone is on my side. I plan to go on to step two and all the way to step three of the appeals process just to be heard, I am not naive enough to think I will get my job back although I'd love to be reinstated just to quit. No matter what proof I provide HR twists it, and I don't see how they will reinstate me bc this would undermine this manager and her boss' decision. I don't even want the job back to be honest, it is a sad unit with management that truly does not value their employees. I feel bad for my coworkers stuck there. Does anyone have any advice? I agree with an earlier post I read somewhere, "the truth gets a good nurse in trouble". Administration is not interested in the truth.
Thanks for any advice.
Feb 15, '14
Congrats California2 on taking the necessary steps. Don't think of it as fighting for a job you aren't happy with, what is imperative is that the "ineligible for rehire" because of your termination be changed so that you can use that faclity on the next application you fill out for a job. If you get reinstated you then have a few choices. One would be to voluntarily resign without burning bridges of course. Or you might even be able to get a position in another department. Hiring an attorney shows the facility that you mean business and aren't going to take their crap laying down. Like I said a good attorney will be able to torpedo their documentation full of holes. 15 years of experience is worth more than any money that you will spend on legal fees by far. Once you have your attorney on retainer do not communicate directly with the hospital or anyone connected with the hospital. All communication should be done through your lawyer. That is what you are paying him or her to do. I wish you the best of luck and am waiting on pins and needles to read your updates. Not only are you helping yourself but you are helping nurses who have been railroaded in this fashion and may be preventing future nurses from being railroaded by this manager.
Sure an attorney may not get you rehired, but I guarantee that he/she will at minimum be able to get the hospital to change the reason you left from being fired to resigning on good terms and eligible for rehire, which is what you need in order to apply for a different job.
Last edit by KeepItRealRN on Feb 15, '14
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Feb 16, '14
ShillaBSN, With all due respect, like I said, I have overwhelming evidence that this management discriminates, plays favorites, targets, abuses her power, and is RETALIATING. HR is IGNORING the facts. I predicted this manager would find a way to fire me, went to HR for help, and now she has fired me.
Of course there were a few RN's that did not like me, that's just the nature of a female dominated profession, and typically they are RN's who are lazy or knew I did not respect their work ethic, playing on their phones at the RN station while their call lights were going off or sitting in the breakroom all day, complaining about having to give "so-n-so pain meds again". But for the most part I worked with some great hardworking RN's.
The floor IS as horrible as I say, my coworkers were all afraid to go to HR to complain with me, now I know why. HR, this HR anyway, is twisting the facts and siding with the management. I guess they will get away with this as long as RN's are afraid to complain for fear of losing their jobs. BTW, I am that rare breed of nurse who makes time to hold my patients hand if really needed AND get the non-patient care stuff done too. And my manager knows it, shame on her.
Last edit by California2 on Feb 16, '14