Fired. How To Get Over It.

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kdkout, BSN, RN

159 Posts

Has 28 years experience.

Without knowing more details, I'm suspicious that this all about ageism -  you're expensive, and could possibly be replaced with a couple of (part time) new grads.  
Call me a cynic, but it happens 

It was a BS move on their part. 

Specializes in BSN, RN, CVRN-BC. Has 27 years experience.

That employer was looking for a reason to get rid of you.  I can think of no other logical reason for them being so petty.  Reporting you to the BON, that was ridiculous! Was this a discrimination issue?   Where there other nurses who had not completed their IV competency who did the same thing and received a lesser/no punishment?  Perhaps they wanted to hire a less experience and less educated nurse at a lower salary?  Though technically a policy violation, what you did was not wrong.  You have nothing to feel guilty about.  Count it as a blessing that you no longer work there. 

That fact that you own the policy violation instead of making excuses shows that you are a good person and a responsible nurse.

Ever find that the times in life that you have gotten in the most trouble were times when you were just trying to help? 


232 Posts

Specializes in ICU/ER/Med-Surg/Case Management/Manageme.

Things like this make me very happy I've outgrown the nursing profession.  I should probably say out-aged.  I really don't understand today's nursing world.  All I hear and read is "staffing shortage," inexperienced nurses, fast-track programs just to get nurses.  Hospitals here, there, everywhere searching for RN's. Huge sign-on bonuses, etc. Yet a nurse with 30 years experience is fired over something like this?!?  OK, so you broke policy.  At the VERY most, a verbal reprimand/warning.  But reporting to the Board?  For successfully starting an IV?  That's pure evil maliciousness.  Rather than feeling bad about yourself, you need to thank your lucky stars you are no longer part of an organization that would do that to any staff person.  Be PROUD of that termination...wear it as a badge of honor.

Davey Do

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Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 44 years experience.

I say, "Here, here!" to DallasRN's post.

A high school literature teacher, near the end of the classroom period would at times ask us to take out a pencil and paper. We all knew it was pop quiz time on the material discussed that session and a unanimous moan would erupt. The instructor would reply to the moans, "People! A hundred years from now, who'll know the difference?"

In the broad scheme of things, what we do, how we behave, who we are the important things in our lives. If we are at peace with ourselves, that is true happiness.



110 Posts

The first thing I would want to know is was reporting you to the board an act of malice because if it was, you may have grounds for a law suit. You should consider that. A lawyer will only take your case if they think they can win. You're right in believing a reprimand was all that was necessary. Consider yourself lucky you're no longer in their employ.

I know what it's like to be reported to the board and having to defend your license. I prevailed because the BON was caught in numerous lies and I had outside help. People don't understand what a cascade of events this creates for the nurse and believe me, the large majority do not have a good outcome. Always remember that the BON is not your friend.

I wouldn't worry about your concern until it happens. If it doesn't all the better for you.



117 Posts

klone said:

 Almost all hospitals require that you complete a competency check-off on many skills before you're allowed to complete the skills independently

Aside from my very first job out of school when I had 3 months of orientation, I've never one single time had to prove to anyone I could start an IV - at 12 different facilities. 

klone, MSN, RN

14,406 Posts

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.
mrphil79 said:

Aside from my very first job out of school when I had 3 months of orientation, I've never one single time had to prove to anyone I could start an IV - at 12 different facilities. 

Don't know what to tell you. It's a Joint Commission requirement that all nurses/clinical staff have a personnel file that shows completed competencies. The fact that you never have had to do that I guess is a good illustration about why a lot of hospitals have "findings" when TJC comes a knockin. Which skills require a competency and which ones do not is up to the individual organization. Perhaps you have just been lucky that none of the organizations you've ever worked for has required IV starts as one of the required competencies, but certainly a lot do (most organizations will require it for those skills that are considered "invasive" and have higher risks associated with them).


462 Posts

I retired from nursing this past October and things like this happening are partly why. I've been getting phone messages about various positions open but I'm not really interested. I will keep my nursing license current though, and the necessary certs current, once a nurse always a nurse, I say. Who knows, I might be able to do private one-on-one care or something like that. Not really working anywhere right now and actually beginning to get used to it! For the record, the last two years of my nursing career were hell, dealing with this COVID-19 stuff.


232 Posts

Specializes in ICU/ER/Med-Surg/Case Management/Manageme.
AZ_LPN_8_26_13 said:

I retired from nursing this past October and things like this happening are partly why. I've been getting phone messages about various positions open but I'm not really interested. I will keep my nursing license current though, and the necessary certs current, once a nurse always a nurse, I say.  

I'm right there with you altho' I left nursing sooner than you.  I have an extremely easy PT job - just 12 hours a week - that has nothing to do with nursing/healthcare, doesn't pay much, but no responsibility, work with a great group of people, wonderful and kind supervisor and haven't been this happy and content in MANY years.   Maybe never.  Feel at peace with myself. Nursing was good to me and for me for a long period of time but it is exhausting on all levels.  Financially, most people in their younger years with kids, mortgages, etc. can't do what I'm doing (I definitely live a very frugal lifestyle and budget carefully), but at least they have something to look forward to.

Back to the OP, please do get over it.  You deserve to get over it. You made a mistake, you admitted it, you won't do it again, no harm/no foul.  Never let any job or the opinions of others define you.  Others of us have made far worse errors.

Specializes in ED, Critical Care. Has 14 years experience.

I had a quit or be fired deal few years back. Been a peds ICU and ED RN in a regional trauma and peds faculty for about 10 years. At this point I had been a paramedic for 25 years as well. I took a job at a critical access hospital for the slower pace and to pad my state retirement as EMS and this place both paid into the same state system.

Job was in their "ICU' which for this place was the most ICU thing was hanging blood. Everything was sent out to the big city about an hour up the road literally. I had been there a few months and asked to move to the ED. That was when my troubles started. I was brought in and received a scathing review and then was told I was going to be "retrained".

I was put with a particular nurse and knew my days were numbered. Long story short the manager called me and started with "well according to nurse so and so your not cutting it. We have to let you go. I knew from day one of "retraining" I was done. So I asked the manager, "listen could you just let me resign? I've never been fired." 

She said, yes she could to that. So we blah blahed for a few and she said I could go home. I submitted a resignation. Yeah it bothered me. I am nobody special, I'm not super nurse or medic. I can be slow. My work gets done and knock on wood, I've never had a med error. I was the one they called to try the hard IV's.  My GF said put in for travel nursing so I did and this particular manager gave me a favorable review. I ended up at another big city hospital ED instead. I'm now doing prison nursing and its the easiest job I've had. 

Keep your head up, the state said you did nothing wrong. some places just have miserable management and miserable staff.

Specializes in Informatics, Education, and Oncology. Has 38 years experience.

Bless you and Thank you


790 Posts

Has 9 years experience.
rninformatics said:

Fired. How do I get over this feeling?


I have over 30 years of infusion and hi-tech IV experience. The organization posted a complaint to the Nursing State Board that I had maliciously and incompetently performed these actions. I think this should have been a written disciplinary action.

There was an investigation and the Nursing Board found I did nothing outside the scope of my practice, or dangerous enough to warrant my license being suspended or disciplinary action. I did break policy and it was an error in judgement I admit. 


My God this is scary.  One wrong thing and they reported you to the highest of the high.  I'm sad for us.  This is why so many nurses feel anxiety and depression.

Keep your head held high and try to find a place where it is not so stressful.  This would have gut punched me as well.  You certainly are not alone.  Manage the stress, put it behind you and keep your focus forward.  You'll be alright.