I am an older nurse in my second career and recently fired from a wonderful skilled nursing facility in Spring. I loved my job. I made a med error following instructions that I apprently misunderstood. The DON never asked me what happened, just pushed me out the door. The other nurses on my unit were covered for their errors and favored over me, not fired or even suspended. Through TWC, I learned the DON has reported be to the Texas BON. When that case comes up I won't be able to work again as a nurse in Texas. I am so distraught and have fears about my long term future. I have faced ageism in my current job search. I am physically fit with no physical limitations yet. I have a lot of faith but it is still a painful position I am in now. Does anyone have any suggestions for income? Where do nurses go who are older work in Houston, Texas?
Thank you. No harm came to the resident. The DON ordered me to give the med. It has happened before and she covered me. She has 30 years and I have 6 months. She turned on me this time and I believe it might be ageism or my popularity. I loved and was well loved by the residents, her director and my colleagues and she offered three nurses a job in their twenties and had only one opening. When reported med errors to her on others she was impatient. Nothing was done.Through TWC I learned she falsified my records. All documentation is handwritten. That is why I cried 12 hours unable to stop and wrote that poem. I am down to one meal a day waiting for TWC's decision on UI. I pray they believe me;it will be easier when I go before the board if they do. Meanwhile I can't afford a lawyer or next month’s rent. This home has been mine for 27 years and I am single. It is scary and I pray daily. I am tempted to notify corporate that she falsified records.
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