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Fired from 1st nursing job

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by WildflowerFairy WildflowerFairy (New Member) New Member Nurse

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I'm a recent BSN grad and...I was recently fired from my first nursing job (a nurse residency program). Suffice it to say, it was on acute care unit, and I just wasn't "picking up" on things as fast as I should have been (no behavioral or other issues). Anyone have advice on where to move on from here? Also, any advice on how to word being terminated on a resume or in an interview? Also, any advice on any certifications or brushing up on skills or knowledge which might also help my chances?

Thanks for the input!! 🙂

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Sorry this happened to you. I don't understand why they fired you. But anyhow, I recommend doing a daily job search of nursing jobs in the area you want to work and applying to all that interest you. Use as many job search sites as you can find. Some job search sites will even let you narrow down the search to employers accepting new grads. On the resume, you can leave off where you were if you were hardly there at all. If you were there for a significant time, you could list it but don't need to write on the resume that you were fired. In the interview, if they ask why you left, don't lie about it -- but put it in the most positive light possible.

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I feel your pain. I am also a new grad BSN who was forced to resign from my first nursing job because I was not able to get up to speed quickly enough. Neither the manager nor my fellow nurses cut me much slack for being a new grad. Everybody wants everything done perfectly and lightning fast. I'm job searching again...

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