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Basically my unit has given me 2 weeks to improve or they will fire me,what would you guys suggest i do?...Is it better to resign now than to get fired?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Someone's not being very reasonable by only offering 2 weeks for you to improve.

I'd use the two weeks to promptly look for another job.


Specializes in Critical Care. Has 28 years experience.

If you are new to the unit or floor, ask them to return to orientation. Perhaps a few weeks of orientation can make all the difference.

Re: Fired or Resign?If you are new to the unit or floor, ask them to return to orientation. Perhaps a few weeks of orientation can make all the difference.

....Actually i am in Orientation Now, They were saying that maybe this Unit(ICU) is not for me.what should i do? will if affect my chances of getting a job elsewhere?


Specializes in ICU, PACU, Cath Lab.

Well are they right? Is the ICU the right place for you? Do you feel like you are progressing? The ICU is not the unit for everyone, are they offering you a position on a step down or telemetry unit where you could improve your skills? You may not want to leave the hospital, but maybe see if there is another floor you might want to try if that is an option.

First if all.....did they give you a list of their specific concerns? What type unit do you work on?

If the list consists of things that are knowledge deficit related, like specific procedures or policies it is their job to educate you. If it is organizational skills then you can probably get some helpful hints from people . You can PM me if you want some specific advice.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

basically my unit has given me 2 weeks to improve or they will fire me,what would you guys suggest i do?...is it better to resign now than to get fired?

i think the best suggestion would be to use the two weeks to improve. did they give you a list of specific behaviors that needed to change, skills that needed to be perfected, areas for improvement? if not, ask for one. and then work very, very hard at improving!

The Areas they wanted me to improve were:

Critical Thinking


Shift Reports.

Could you please give me specific suggestions to improve in the above areas.Thanks.

FireStarterRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele. Has 15 years experience.

Are you a brand new nurse or have you been working elsewhere as an RN?

I worked in medical Unit for one year..before i got a job in ICU..that is where i am orienting now.

Do your best in your two weeks given, and have a prepared written letter of resignation ready to hand in if it doesn't work out. Hope that you are given the option to resign at the end of two weeks rather than be terminated. Good luck.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

1. The best possible outcome is that you will meet their requirements and be able to stay in your current job. How likely is it that you will be able to do that? You don't seem to be very clear about what you need to do to please them. It sounds to me as if your chances of being kept on as an employee in that unit are fairly slim. Being fired is not a good thing and it would be better to transfer or resign before that happens. So, if you think it is going to happen ... either transfer or resign first.

2. Can you transfer to another unit within the same hospital? Speak to the Nurse Recrutier about that ... or whoever in your hospital does the transfers and hiring.

3. If you seriously doubt that you will be kept in your current job and you can't transfer to another unit ... then you should resign before the axe falls. If you resign graciously, your current employer may be grateful that she didn't have to fire you and document the resignation with a more positive spin on it than would be in your file if you were to wait to be fired.


Has 2 years experience.

I think critical thinking comes with experience. I too am a new nurse I have been on the floor for 4 months now. I am getting better with my critical thinking but I still have to ask alot of questions on a nitely basis. As far as charting it depends on what the issue is. Do you run out of time to do charting or just missing things, every hospital is different as far as charting. Where I went to school everything was charted by exception and on forms. Where I work now it is all on computer and you just go down the list and fill it out. As far as time I have my own schedule of when and how I do things. You have to find your own way that fits for you. As far as report, that is still an issue for me too. I have a habit of spending time printing H&P's and recent tests. I still get the eye rolls and the sighs. I have talked to other nurses about this and they have told me it depends on who you give report to. And after about a year things get better. I hope this helped good luck.

FireStarterRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele. Has 15 years experience.

I agree with llg.


Specializes in Trauma ICU. Has 1 years experience.

I am also in orientation in the ICU. I definately have my bad moments when I want to quit/think I'll get fired, too, but ICU is really where my heart is so I'm trying everything I can to do well there. Here are some things that might help you that have helped me make it through the day smoothly. First thing in the morning before I even assess my patient(s) I take a blank sheet of paper and write out every hour of the day and list what time meds need to be given, when to do a CVP, when to do vital signs, procedures, bed bath, etc. Then I write the overall goals for what I want to accomplish for my patient that day. That way at the end of the day if other nurses are being critical at least I can say specifically how I helped the patient that day. As for giving report at change of shift, every unit is a little bit different about how they do it. I take 15 minutes in the afternoon to write down what to include in report starting with a brief hx of the patient's hospital stay then going through each system-neuro, resp., CV, Labs, GI, GU, Skin, Family concerns, drips. I find that writing it down keeps me from getting flustered and disorganized in report. Your unit wouldn't have hired you if they expected you to fail so you just need to show them what you plan to do to catch up to speed. I say stick with it for 2 more weeks because everyone learns at their own pace and maybe in the next 2 weeks things will start coming together for you. And most of all, if you want to stay then make sure your manager knows you are committed-enthusiasm counts for a lot! And even if you do get fired, there are plenty of hospitals out there each with their own unique personalities and maybe a different "environment" would work better for you.


Specializes in MSP, Informatics. Has 17 years experience.

The Areas they wanted me to improve were:

Critical Thinking


Shift Reports.

Could you please give me specific suggestions to improve in the above areas.Thanks.

wow, those arnt things that you can give a check list to someone and they can follow it and make it all better.

I agree with some of the other posters. I would go to admin asap and say that you don't feel this unit may be your best match, and could you possibly transfer. Say you really want to work for this organization and want to find the best possible fit for you. If they don't seem like they want to work with you, then turn in your resignation. Then at your next job interview, you can honestly say that at your last job, you had asked for a reasignment, and they didn't have a position for you, so you resigned.

You never want to get into the situation where you feel you have something to be ashamed about if brought up at a new job interview. Just the fact that you posted the question, makes me feel like you have already thought of that.

On an aside note.... My own father, who was a pharmacist at a local hospital, clashed with the CEO. They hated each other. Just a personality thing, since he had been there for 3 CEO's prior to the change in administration. Dad knew the ax was going to come, just wasn't sure when. So he went in and drew up a proposal saying he was going to quit if he didn't get a window in the Pharmacy. (The hospital pharmacy is located in the center of the building with no outside wall.) no possible way to get a window. The admin told him that.... he said he refused to work under sub-human conditions, and was going to quit. They had every intention of canning him. But his jumping the gun left them spinning. And did leave him with a better chance at landing another job.


Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

You are in a difficult situation. I think I would advise that you remove emotion and try to maintain control.

--Good people are fired for bad or no reasons everday. There are bad employers. To protect yourself, assume you are good and they are bad.

--While getting fired happens and is not the end of the world, it creates a big set of issues both personaly and professionally. It is a big hurdle to overcome, but not impossible.

I would assume that this is their problem and resign to protect myself from more drama than necessary. There are no shortages of jobs for an experienced nurse. If you hear these things again from another hospital, then look inward, but now look-out for yourself.

The ICU is hard and to think critically in an environment that may be unsupportive is nearly impossible. Good nurses in a really busy and critical environment need to know what can wait just as much as they need to know what to do next. I am not sure which is the hardest. I always hated the looks I'd get from the nurses who came on shift with a magazine in hand to assume my patient who had crashed all day and had been coupled with another patient, but was now singled because he was "sick." " No he didn't get a bath and please change the tubing and whatever. I am sorry are you having a seizure? Why are your eyes rolling in your head like that?" whatever

Good luck to you.


Specializes in ICU./CCU/SICU. Has 8 years experience.

I think the ICU is difficult for a new grad- you still have to learn how to address basic patient needs, plus not always having the luxury of being able to sit and collect your thoughts. Patients who are really sick need things done NOW, and need someone who has the critical thinking skills to be able to meet those needs NOW. I would resign, or try and transfer to a stepdown. Stepdown is a good choice because the acuity is slower, but you will still be able to hone your skills in EKG interpretation, basic gtts, maybe some invasive lines, etc. I'm a path of least resistance person, if they're already questioning your clinical skills, they'll just nitpick you out of there anyways.

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