Well, once again, I found that llg had posted most everything I was going to say ...
Getting fired is not a career-ender in nursing. Lots of nurses have gotten fired, and picked up and gone on with their careers. Finding another job will be harder in this current economic climate than it would have been in easier times, but you'll survive.
As others have said, you need to be able to show in interviews that you take responsibility for your mistakes, you have thought seriously about where you went wrong and what your weaknesses are, and that you have taken concrete steps to improve/correct them. It's important that you not sound defensive or blame your previous employer for the situation, or badmouth your previous employer in any way (always a no-no anyway).
I strongly encourage you to practice
talking about these issues and answering the questions you know you're going to get in interviews, out loud
, in the bathroom mirror at home, and with friends or family members, just like you would in a real interview, until you are comfortable talking about them and have worked out what you want to say, before you go on interviews for new jobs -- don't
wait until you're in an interview and just wait to see what pops into your head at that moment!
As with anything else, the better prepared you are going in, the better you're likely to come across in the interview.
Best wishes! Similar things have happened to lots
of nurses who have gone on to have successful careers in nursing. you can get past this.