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Defeated.

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by Smoores Smoores (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Ltc.

I have been let go of 2 travel assignments in the last year, and I am feeling defeated. Both times, it was for a laundry list of small things over a course of time that were never brought to my attention. Small things that could have been fixed with coaching, or clearing up a misunderstanding. Nothing major, nothing that could or has threatened my license . Each time my contract was terminated early, it was for different things. Not sure where to go from here as a nurse.. feeling extremely defeated. Wanting to see my faults and learn from them, but also not understanding why small things couldn't be brought to my attention. Thoughts anyone?? I need help.

Try again, but this time with permanent employment. Employers are generally more prone to work with you if they have a bigger stake in your success. Travelers are too easy to throw away.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Did you have a good amount of experience before traveling? Do you have problems getting along with people?

I agree that a permanent employment situation would probably be much better for you.

Smoores

Specializes in Ltc.

1 hour ago, caliotter3 said:

Try again, but this time with permanent employment. Employers are generally more prone to work with you if they have a bigger stake in your success. Travelers are too easy to throw away.

Thanks for your feedback! I appreciate it. Yes, I agree. Definitely considering something other than long term care. Too much drama!

Smoores

Specializes in Ltc.

1 hour ago, Sour Lemon said:

Did you have a good amount of experience before traveling? Do you have problems getting along with people?

I agree that a permanent employment situation would probably be much better for you.

I probably didn’t have enough experience before starting to travel. I’ve learned tons, though, and still glad I did it. I have more trouble communicating with people than getting along. Thanks for your feedback

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

That's the drawback of travelling nsg experience. The contracted employer expects a traveler/agency nurse to 'hit the floor running'.

LTC requires a fundamental nsg experience foundation AND it helps to have a good grasp of all the crazy little nuances particular to LTC.

It is a good idea to land a permanent job with ONE facility who will spend the time to give you some orientation time. You'll make a better employee for them that way - win/win situation.

LTC can work - if all the correct stars & planets line up correctly. Don't write it off so quickly. Other areas of nsg can be just as hard.

cali - good advice

Smoores

Specializes in Ltc.

Thank you so much for your response. So true!

I am definitely leaning toward going with a permanent position, but not sure where yet.. I’ve also had some experience in a hospital, and I liked that. Also thinking of trying a clinic setting.

AnonymousSuper

Specializes in Supervisor. Has 9 years experience.

Nurses are expendable. Travel nurses are extremely expendable and let go for the most petty crap imaginable.

Traveling right now pays BIG TIME. Some places >6K per week.

Keep trying to find an assignment. You've hit an unlucky streak. People lack the courage and/or professionalism to provide respectful feedback.

If this happens a third time, perhaps it's time to have a good hard look at your skills, behaviors, personality, and actions. I know travelers get cancelled but if this happens a third time, it's probably not the assignment.

Smoores

Specializes in Ltc.

1 hour ago, AnonymousSuper said:

Nurses are expendable. Travel nurses are extremely expendable and let go for the most petty crap imaginable.

Traveling right now pays BIG TIME. Some places >6K per week.

Keep trying to find an assignment. You've hit an unlucky streak. People lack the courage and/or professionalism to provide respectful feedback.

If this happens a third time, perhaps it's time to have a good hard look at your skills, behaviors, personality, and actions. I know travelers get cancelled but if this happens a third time, it's probably not the assignment.

Thanks for your reply.
I agree. I don’t want to take that risk, and plan to start speaking with a counselor today. I need to figure this thing out, and have some support.