I was recently terminated from my ECF position. I am a fairly new BSN graduate, with a little over a year of experience. I took this position, in gaining some experience, and eventually applying to the area hospitals. I was assigned to the Alzheimer's/dementia unit, as well as the Medical-surgical unit, and worked the Night-shift.
One night one of the Resident's of the "Secure Unit" made a friendly knock at the door of the Nurses' station. Usually, the Resident at the door is requesting something to drink or eat, or needs something repaired.
I had just set my stuff down to begin my shift. When I opened the door, this Resident stated: "I am going home!", and proceeded to physically move herself into me. Without hesitation, I moved the lady back into the "Secure Unit." The incident lasted about 3 seconds, and she was safe again inside the "Secure Unit".
I was placed on suspension for 2 days awaiting an investigation of the event and my action in which I took. On the third day, and I thought I would have my employment reinstated, I was informed I would be discharged immediately. The administration believed I should have used "redirection" techniques.
I was shocked and devastated with this decision, and being a new graduate with limited experience, I do not know where I am going to find work. My work history is excellent, except for this one incident. My co-workers were also shocked by this event, and believed my action was permissible. What is going on? Was I wrong with my action I took?