Having a real bad day......

  1. Got a call from my agency stating that a facility does not want to return. Due to the fact I had a med error (mind you I reported it. Not to cover it up) and the staff complained that I did not do anymore then I had to do. That I would not learn anything new. Heck when you say I would love to show how to do admits but I have nine to do and cannot show you how. How in the hell am I suppose to?
    Now I am on call basically for FREAKING nursing homes. It is just not my thing.

    I just checked my email and I had an interview for a home nursing and they said they found someone for the position. So freaking double whammy on my part. I already take meds for depression an HTN. This just isn't gonna help these.
    Thanks for listening I am in tears typing this. I feel like a failure at nursing. Shannon
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    About mamato3

    Joined: May '08; Posts: 19; Likes: 8
    LPN, med surg
    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in med surg


  3. by   mamato3
    I had to write up why I thought I made the med error and what I could do to prevent in the future. Ok typed that up on Monday took it to the office. Talked to a RN from corp. on Monday. I was suppose to get a med error test via email. I did not get on Tuesday so I called the office. They said it could take 24-48 hours. Well it is now Thursday and no test. I called the office and they have no involvement in it. So they are calling corp.

    The office manager is a duffus. She said "Well it is ok because you aren't schedule anywhere." I was like ok smarty pants I basically take call offs places when they call off sick so wonder I don't have hours. :angryfire
  4. by   sirI
    Threads merged for continuity.

    I hope all resolves in your best interest, mamato3
  5. by   mamato3
    Just finished taking my test. I got 80 out of 100. I can retake it if I want. But I had to 80%. So why screw it up. Shannon
  6. by   FireStarterRN
    From the tone of your post, my recommendation is to try to take a more mature attitude. Calling nursing homes "FREAKING nursing homes" and calling your office manager a "duffus" is not respectful or productive, in my opinion.

    I work agency and I recommend that you try to ingratiate yourself to your recruiter, not think that she is a duffus. Make a little friendly small talk when you talk to her. She has her own problems, one of which is that you made a med error, which reflects poorly on her.
  7. by   mamato3
    Quote from jlsRN
    From the tone of your post, my recommendation is to try to take a more mature attitude. Calling nursing homes "FREAKING nursing homes" and calling your office manager a "duffus" is not respectful or productive, in my opinion.

    I work agency and I recommend that you try to ingratiate yourself to your recruiter, not think that she is a duffus. Make a little friendly small talk when you talk to her. She has her own problems, one of which is that you made a med error, which reflects poorly on her.
    Well um, I am a very mature person. I don't care for nursing homes nor will I ever. I did not call her a duffus to her face. And it wasn't my recruiter it was the office manager. I was very upset when I wrote that post. My office manager doesn't have a lick of medical background. I tell had to tell was a PEG was. Come now.... Think what you wanna think. As I always say You can not make everyone happy. Shannon
  8. by   FireStarterRN
    That's true, you can't make everyone happy. Good luck to you, I hope you feel better soon and have more success in the future.
  9. by   pattyrn376
    we have all had those days!! this isnt your 1st med error and wont be your last. try googling free ceu's on work place issues in nursing, might get some good materials, also find a place where you can do the required florida license medical errors coarse a lot will let you do it for free even though you arent a fla RN. a lot of us have been where you are, some of the solution is looking at your environment and changing it as needed and other is looking within yourself and change there as well. I'll bet you wont make that error again. Agency nurses are at a higher risk for errors because of all of they systems they have to work with.esp since in house nurses have had 1-2 months of orientation to the facility. It might be possible agency isnt for you, perhaps an in house pool in a couple different places you do like? You will get though this and you will be a better nurse for it. there are so many different jobs in nursing maybe you havent found where you are best at yet. Dont let anyone slam you down, when you are bumming get as many ceu's as you can, even if it is a topic you think you may never use (talking about the free 1 hr courses) . You might even be eligible to get a certification in medsurg or what ever you like. you will have to test for that. but it will raise you self esteem. you are still very young and very young in your career, some of us it takes 5 or more years to find out where we belong, so dont get discouraged. It took me longer than that, agency generally isnt a long term issue unless you are doing travel nursing for 13 week contracts, pm me if you need to talk thanks- take care, patty
    Last edit by pattyrn376 on Nov 27, '08 : Reason: typos
  10. by   District46
    I read your post two days ago, coming on here after a similar situation and in a bad state myself and fully related. I do not think you overreacted at all. I was in the same way. It is two weeks to Christmas and I cannot work as my agency have stopped my shifts due to a complaint about me. It was not even a drug error but an omission. I was devastated as when we are called up in this way it is our whole selves that are called to question. In the same way as nursing is more than just a job, then so it follows that when our practice is criticised then it is personal too!
    I was working a night shift and noted a patient had been written up for tinzaparin. It had not been signed for on the previous two nights, since it was written up to I queried with the nurse in charge, who couldn't understand why not? I asked the patient if she self medicated, she said not, and I noted excessive bruising on her arms, which made me question her clotting status. She had a history of multiple p.e.'s. I cannot remember if I was told this in handover however. It was a very quick handover. I decided to omit the tinzaparin until I had an answer, either to why it had been omitted previously, or what her INR status was. As an agency nurse, I did not have access to her records as they were computerised. The regular nurse wrote the notes and handed over to the day staff and guess what? I am now getting blamed. The Consultant must had got angry with staff, who have blamed the agency nurse!! The patient, fortunately, did not suffer from the omission. My life is now on hold, and although I have calmed down now, that first day was so bad for me, when I got told of the problem. Needless to say I am now looking for another job, as agency work is so unsafe in so many ways. Please let us know how you are getting on. I am in the UK by the way. I am thinking about you and hope things work out in the end!
    Last edit by District46 on Dec 12, '08 : Reason: wrong thread answered
  11. by   mamato3
    Actually I just accepted a day position at a call center for the main medical doctors here in town. Granted I will only make $10.50/ hour compared to 19-23/ here. But it is steady work and I will get 40 a week. In the last two weeks I have worked 24 hours (3 shifts) which averaged out to $4.80/hour( if average over 80 hours which I could have worked if the hours were available).
    Don't worry this too shall pass. Take care and good luck finding another job. shannon
  12. by   District46
    Just got an interview for Thursday. I'm not running away, just really angry with the way the Agency have handled this. According to those on high - ie UKCC - I should still be working so I am so angry that my career is in the hands of this office manager, with no nursing background, who doesn't really know what she is doing. She keeps on stating standard letter to me, and tells me to ignore them, when I told her about a letter from head office that implys that I should still be getting shifts from Apex, just not at the facility where the investigation is happening. For the record, the mistake is not mine, in fact I was the person who brought the nurse in charge's attention to it, but she didn't follow it up or pass it on! So angry with these people. I do feel that I am being scapegoated. At least you have some work! I have two children who won't have any sort of a Christmas thanks to this! I am so upset for them.
  13. by   wearyLPN
    I have been doing agency for almost 3 years now. I can tell you that I could not stand being in a nursing home when I was doing my LPN clinicals. However, It is all I do now and it has really grown on me. Your assignment is what you make of it.
  14. by   BradyR
    Sorry to hear about your position....but if I can just give you a little advice....First you really need to look at your part in what happened....are you the type of a person to just do the bare minimum, do you offer to help others when you are done with your work, are you thorough, do you depend on staff to help you " a little too much", do you find ways to learn without necessarily depending on others, are you willing to come in a little early or stay a little late to help you to learn certain things????? All of these depending on your answers can play a big part in why your termination happened....One thing I have learned throughout my many years as a nurse...(25+)...you have to have the respect of your peers inorder to function well....you have to work well side by side with your peers no matter how you feel about each other personally, you cannot under any circumstances be a "LAZY" nurse, you have to be willing to give 100% most of the time, so when you can only physically or mentally only give 90%, on any given day, it will be ok, you have to be willing to take constructive criticism, and learn from it. As far as your med error, I know a lot of places can terminate you if the med error occurred while on probation, depending on the severity of the error, and how else your work reputation was....so try not to be too down on yourself, but be honest when thinking about your part...there are a lot of different fields of nursing...I am sure there is one out there that you would be happy with, and work well in....as long as you do your part....but if you are trying to just slide by, make good money with doing little work, then nursing is not the place for you....

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