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- by t boneRN Jun 11, '11I recently got fired from my first RN job out of school (which I graduated from in May 2010.) I made some stupid mistakes (gave platelets without checking for consent and wrote nursing note in wrong patient's chart. I feel really embarrassed about everything but now I need to find a new job. Should I include this last nursing job on applications or resumes? It's the only RN experience I have. I also only worked there for 3.5 months. The only other jobs I've had related to nursing was my nursing assistant job when I was in college. Please help!!
- Jun 13, '11 by nynewrnYes. I think you just got to be honest and learn from your mistakes. Be more alert on what you are doing and don't give up if they'll turn you down. Goodluck!
- Jun 13, '11 by caliotter3Sounds as if you lasted longer than the probationary period, usually 90 days, so yes, you would need to put this job down, unless you want to see if you can get by without getting caught. You would be taking a chance. At best, you will not be found out and can get a job. At worst, another employer will hire you, then find out that you lied on your application, and they will terminate you for being dishonest on the application.
- Jun 13, '11 by t boneRNMy probationary period was actually 120 days and I got fired before then. I want to be honest but I'm worried that no one will hire me when they find out.
- Jun 13, '11 by caliotter3Many people say that if you did not make your probationary period, you do not have to list the job. Personally, I would follow their advice. A probationary period is just that, and should not be held against someone. But if you list it, you can bet your bottom dollar it will be used against you. JMO
- Jun 13, '11 by RN_Mom_of_2I agree with caliotter3. If you were still in your probationary period, you do not need to put it down. Although in today's market and a fresh batch of new grads entering the work force, you may have a hard time finding a job when you put down you have no RN experience.
- Jun 15, '11 by turnforthenurseRNQuote from RN_Mom_of_2It's hard, but not impossible.I agree with caliotter3. If you were still in your probationary period, you do not need to put it down. Although in today's market and a fresh batch of new grads entering the work force, you may have a hard time finding a job when you put down you have no RN experience.
But even if you do put down your 3.5 months of RN experience, institutions will still treat you as a new grad, I think, because it is still less than a year.