Quote from CharmCityRN
I cannot believe the number of threads lately about nurses being fired. In orientation, no less. I just can't understand this -- nobody expects new grads to know everything, just to be able to function safely and competently and know when to seek help. Unless someone makes an egregious error or has proven him or herself unsafe in multiple situations, I just don't understand why any facility would turn away an orientee they have taken the time and expense to orient.
Or at least help them find a more suitable placement within the facility.
I don't get it.
My situation (as posted above) was very similar to that of Romeo4u-RN;
I assure you that I was neither ignorant nor incompetent, or I could hardly have gotten my BSN magna cum laude
. Nor did I make any serious med error or any serious mistake like you infer. I worked hard and had a very positive experience with the very challenging patient population we had (mostly CA, AIDS, and sickle cell crisis).
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the staff - a head nurse who was an antisocial bigot and her minions (who either agreed or at least went along with it; although some of her charge nurses and especially one assistant manager were nice to me in private, none of them warned me or stood up for me when it mattered).
My short-comings were typical ones of new grads: lack of time management, but how was I supposed to learn it anyway? The "orientation" method consisted mainly of: first week, "this is where everything is". Subsequent weeks: increase the patient load by 1 or more until the maximum (7) for day shift was reached. That was basically it. Another word for it: Throw them to the wolves.
Why does this happen to new grads? In some ways they're more vulnerable than seasoned nurses. Unless they worked on the floor or unit they want to start in as a PCT or extern (highly recommended!), they usually lack the inside information about the place; this head nurse's rep preceeded her - but I was totally oblivious to it. When I asked my nursing instructors, the best I got was "She runs a tight ship." That's an understatement... I can't understand why they weren't more explicit.
New grads can also be dangerously idealistic and naive - just out of school, they might just do what they were encouraged to do and make suggestions about improvements on the floor; dictators don't normally appreciate this kind of thing that I'm undoubtedly guilty of. Mind you, I wasn't young (35) and had been in the business world for years; but nothing there prepared me for the reality - and politics - of nursing.
Why didn't I immediately put in for a transfer when I first saw that all was not well in Oz? First, I was in some kind of denial (this can't be happening when she made a statement so outrageous - sorry, I can't put it on a public board, I doubt anyone would even believe it
). However, she was undoubtedly trying to get me quit right then - however, I was not to stay in her
hospital (which happens to just be the major one in this area). And I frankly didn't want to go anywhere else... ironically, I ended up having to do that anyway 'cause she made good on her promise that I would not be able to transfer internally
Let's not forget that this happened in '98 - I sure hope this kind of head nurse
(she insisted on using this archaic term when everyone else was nurse manager) is not tolerated anymore today. But if it is, and one of you new grads happens to (by some very bad luck, I assure you) end up on such a floor, please listen to your inner voice and RUN
when you can and before she can fire you or force you to quit (for years, I had to endure the question "Have you ever been fired or been asked to resign?" on applications. Thankfully, most employers have now dropped it.)
In hindsight, I think I would have been fine if I had been able to transfer internally, if there had been reason to suggest that I leave my original position (and help to find a more suitable position); it was very different from the situation OP finds herself in, and yet, I do understand her disappointment.
Hica19, I wish you the very best. Please don't let this discourage you. It's hard right now, I know, but you will soon feel better.