Lost my first nursing job... now how do I find another? - page 2

by 071911

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Hi friends out in nursing land... I just joined to see if anyone might read my insane tale of nursing woe and have some seasoned advice... I'm a 2011 BSN graduate who held out for his dream position and eventually found it. I... Read More


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    I agree with dirtyhippiegirl. You must first find out what went wrong and address this before looking for a job. I have never really had confidence in myself, but I sure could convey it. I didn't allow my anxiety to take over control. I don't know if I would even list this job under employment history because you never came out of orientation/probation. In this economy it is proving difficult for many grads to find jobs. Holding out for what you thought was going to be your dream job did not help you. Do some deep soul-searching and take an honest look at yourself then make a plan for your future. Good Luck to you.
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    I have yet to get a job as nurse, but what I can tell you is that sometimes saying less is best. Once you start with the long explanation, you may lose the interest of the interviewer.
    You have gotten fantastic advise from nurses who have shared your experiences, etc. I cannot imagine the stress you must have been going through, I have learn that the saying "fake it until you make it", holds true when showing confidence to others, but on top of that you need to be so careful to not making medical errors, so my heart goes out to you.
    Sending you best wishes.
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    Thanks for your story. I don't have any nursing specific comment but I have hired & fired a good number of people and my first observation here would be "why" do you feel you need to share this information in the first place with a prospective new employer? If that experience would not be considered of any value towards your experience level then really, it never happened. Yes, someone could specifically ask you about that and you can decide whether to share or not based on your own ethics.

    In other words, I wouldn't suggest trying to convince someone to dance with you by telling them you don't know how to dance or that you have two left feet. Life is not perfect, opportunities are NOT perfect and you are not perfect. You messed up, no big deal-move on. What other choice do you have? My personal resume does not contain every little day tripper job experience I've come across or jobs that didn't work out. It contains the ones that explain who and what I am that's relevant. It's YOUR description of yourself, shape it how you want that impression to be w/o outright lying.

    Not knowing specifics though and it's none of my business but if there are issues (emotional or otherwise) then they do need to be dealt with outside of work. Just from my perspective this is not the kind of job that someone can afford to not be present mentally 100%. Good luck.
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    I wouldn't say anything to prospective employers about this job. Just apply as a new graduate. Don't even mention it on your resume/application.
    SarahB84, kcmylorn, AheleneLPN, and 1 other like this.
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    Please don't say anything about health or personal issues. They can't ask you about them, but they'll have questions and will no doubt look for any reason not to hire you. Say it wasn't a good fit and the hospital didn't have anything open for you with your Level of experience so you opted to leave before either of you had invested any more time. Be pleasant but offer minimum details. And good luck!
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    I agree with others, when you apply to new positions, apply as a new grad. The experience was too short and not a positive experience to list on the resume. Some healthcare facilities do offer internships for new RNs. Another possiibility is working at a smaller community hospital vs. a big conglomerate. Wishing you the best of luck with a new beginning to your career!
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    Good gawd, what a nightmare scenario. And not uncommon for newbies.

    The good news? Everyone wakes up from nightmares so yes, this will pass.

    This is an excellent lesson in how employers cover their butts, not yours. Think of it from their end in a business perspective: they need a ready-to-roll employee that is as cost-effective as possible with as little need for ongoing maintenance as possible. Looking at it from that angle, no nurse is a "person" or even a professional, rather they are an appliance. This is not only the business economy in which we practice, but it has become the moral and ethical context as well.

    Perhaps this cookie was too big a bite to chew and swallow as a new grad, even though it was your "dream position." Nonetheless I'll give you kudos for going full-on right out of the gate. That takes balls.

    Upward and onward. Put this behind you as soon as possible.


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    Do you have to list this job? It doesn't sound like you really got that much experience from it anyway. What you really have to do is figure out what your negative thoughts are that are holding you back from being a great nurse. These thoughts are causing your anxiety.
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    My first nursing job? It was purely torturous. I moved three hours away from home and was somewhat excited to start. Little did I know, I was not going to be working on a good unit let alone in a good facility. It wasn't superbly bad, but there were definitely issues throughout the hospital system. I left my first job after less than three months because of situations that put my patients and myself in jeopardy. I was surprised to find out that I was the most competent nurse on the unit I worked on as a new grad. Coworkers would give meds to patients at risk of aspiration without using standard go-tos like applesauce and pudding to aid in swallowing, they would pass cardiac meds on 0730 vitals and the meds were given at 1145... At this facility insulin was a dual sign off medication, and you'd ask them to verify with you and they just walked up and entered their log on information - didn't verify it per facility policy (checking labeling/concentration/availability to medication order, checking sliding scale orders given a blood sugar value, let alone looking at the syringe to ensure it was correctly drawn up based on doses)... I spoke to my manager, her boss and our educator about all of this stuff. They did nothing about it. Many of those things I had no "proof of" - I didn't watch them do it - and given the laws in that state I could not report them to the states' BON. I was floated the second week off orientation on a holiday. I found myself a new job ASAP (interviewed for 3 and was offered 2 of 3) before turning two weeks' notice in to my then manager.

    Because the night shift charge RN hated me, and to allow the 'clique' at work to get along well, she floated me the last day I worked, instead of floating the person whose turn it was... It's okay, neither here nor there anymore. So I get floated and have the best day I ever did at that job on a unit where things were great. Their manager called me the day after I worked there - offered to request from HR the ability for me to transfer internally to her department effective immediately (the charge RN that day had called her with positive things to say)... The facility's policy was that you worked on your unit of hire for 12 months before being eligible for internal transfer, EXCEPT if a unit manager specifically requested and initiated the transfer. I declined the offer based on my having accepted an offer elsewhere. While I worked there - two other RNs and I were the three considered competent by the inpatient neurologists...the new grad and two experienced nurses... The primary inpatient neurologist had it out with my manager over who should carry her patients as an RN or LPN on that unit. One of the three of us, a coworker, mentor and my primary preceptor when I'd been hired, her father in law was admitted to the facility we worked in, with a GI bleed. When that family member no longer met ICU criteria they were transferred to the unit we worked on. I worked 6 in a row, and every one of those 6 days I had that patient...and my old preceptor told me that I was the reason she didn't go to administration and request a transfer to another med surg unit. My exit interview - with HR at this job, haha. The lady called me said it would take 10 minutes of my time - two hours later we finally hung up.

    The 'clique' at work at my first job - they went after the RNs and LPNs they didn't like. Fabricated stories, misconstrued questions etc to make new staff look incompetent. I was next on the list - but there was no proof I was not doing well. I never flipped to nights - I knew the clique on nights would have an easier time 'getting' me... The clique did not like people who questioned the system or did things according to policy. At least on days, my manager, our educator and coworkers (my former preceptor etc) could observe my patient interactions, and general patient care and make those decisions themselves. Perfect I am not, but I couldn't stay there. My second job was much better. I didn't stress as much. I'm a perfectionist - so I had to learn to let that go some to be successful as a floor nurse. Now, I'm learning to be an OR nurse...which is pretty awesome too. The way I treat and view my coworkers is based on how I was treated, I learned a lot about what not to do in my first job. You'll find yourself, you need to start somewhere that is a good fit for you. Not everyone is a good fit for any specific unit. It make take a while and some work on your part but I believe everything works out best in the end, in a way we could not have imagined in the first place. If you asked me last September if I would be working in the OR, I could not have pictured that actually happening so soon. That doesn't mean that the road to whatever your best fit right now is will not be challenging.
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    First, I wish I could give you a hug. Nursing is tough isn't it? Yup. Welcome. It's a cut throat world. I feel for you. I've seen instances where the nurses allow incompetent nurses to continue because they refused to let that person fail. It all takes time. Learn from this experience. It's a field filled with wonderful people and people who are backstabbers. Don't dwell on it. Pick yourself up. This is will pass. Start applying for other jobs. When you go on the interview tell your perspective employer something like, I tried peds and it just wasn't a good fit. I really believe that this is a better area for me. There are other people that will give you chance. Take care. We are your family here. We want you to succeed. All the best to you.


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