fired for fall right after training? what to do?

  1. I was told to give the phone to patient, not mine, wasn't told to stay, she fell.
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  3. by   Prac
    The patient was not mine.
  4. by   i_love_patient_care
    I'm not sure how you could fight that. She wasn't your patient, but did you know she was a fall risk? Have you talked to the DON? Does it say on the door of fall risk patients if they are a fall risk? If it did say on the door, was she protected by fall precautions? It sounds like maybe due to lack of experience, you didn't know how to defend yourself.

    I'm sorry you experienced that. I've never been fired for a fall (not even written up), and have had several patients fall that I was in charge of. Really, as long as they're protected by fall precautions it isn't my fault if they fall because I can't be everywhere at once. I am in trouble, though, if their bed is not low to the ground and there isn't a crash mat. Tab alarms, if they needed it or what ever else is in the care plan.
  5. by   breezycna
    I need more info before making a statement. It all depends on if the patient had a PA of any kind, what you were told (or if it was common sense to stay, or if anything was implied), etc. Somebody saw fit to fire you and they don't want any wrongful termination suits, so it was probably justified. Sorry to be blunt. But you're just out of training. You might've still been on probation (usually 90 days, 6 months, or one year) and they can fire you more easily during that time. You may not have done well during training and the fall was the last straw. Could be anything. What's your side of the story? It could very well be wrongful term. You need to know.
  6. by   Prac
    Well I'm trying to figure out how to get another cna job without including that on app. I was only there two tu. I'm at hh agency right now, but not much work for guys. I don't feel I was properly trained. I mean nobody was checking off my skills.
  7. by   Prac
    I don't feel I was properly trained. I told the nurse she wanted the phone. She said if she wanted to sit in the chair, she could,but didn't necessarily suggest it. The patients cna was at lunch. A lot of the other cnas were no help. Its just like they gossip and wait for u to screw up. I was in school at the time, so I was working doubles on the wknd. Not good for newbies. The bad thing was I just gave her the phone and went on my way, leaving her in a wheelchair, I mean the nurse, knowing I had extended training and being new could of said, k, but stay w her.
  8. by   Prac
    Only there for two mos.
  9. by   proudcna
    Was it a high risk fall precautions pt ? There are usually notifications of this such as: a sign on the door, wrist band etc .. Sorry to be so blunt but after two months you should probably be able to tell if you feel like it's safe for them to be up on their own or not, and even if it's not your pt you should've known where to look & see if they were on fall precautions or not.
  10. by   Prac
    My ques is how do I get another.can job with that on my record. Also, if it was so bad why didn't they report it on my license
    What is op?
  11. by   mvm2
    My only suggestion would be to be completely honest with your potental employers and don't hide it. There is nothing but trouble when you try to hide things If you explain yourself and are honest of what happened, and tell them what you learned from the situation they very well could overlook this a bit. We all can make mistakes, especially us newbies and employers can understand we are all human. If you give a great interview there might be a lot of potential jobs out there for you. One mistake does not mean your career is over.
  12. by   funtimes
    Usually someone isnt going to get fired over something like this unless A) the patient was seriously injured B) the CNA was blatantly negligent bordering on insuboridinate, or C) there were other problems with an employee and this was the final straw(or the excuse to fire them).

    No way to know what the case was without more information. People who are fall risks are left unattended in wheelchairs all the time where I've worked, but they always needed to have an alarm placed on them of some sort. The person who put them in the wheelchair is responsible for the alarm being on, regardless of whether it is "their patient". Did you neglect to put a chair alarm on this person?
  13. by   Prac
    The patient had mutiple problems already, I dont' know if she broke any bones, I'm thinking she did, but I had a good case some of the other employees had said, I mean they either didn't pull my license cause they were doing me a favor, or they didn't have a good case. I mean the aide to patient ratio is just ridiculous. Nobody does it like in school. Nobody gets two people to lift, not enough hoyers, I guess more room, more hoyers. Nursing homes suck. How can they justify the ratio? I know I screwed up, I just want to get a job in like a hospital. I want to move passed it.
  14. by   Prac
    I am taking responsibility and I'm sorry that the patient got hurt more. I'm thinking I should of had better training there and in school more practical real time experience in ltf or alf. Sorry if it showed like I didn't care.