Really really screwed up.... - page 3
Last night I had one of those "night from hell" busy nights. 2 Admissions, 2 discharged, never less than 6 patients, a paracentesis drain and tube feeding running... I forgot to give a Lasix IV.... Read More
Nov 21, '06Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 12; Likes: 1I am sorry that you are going through this. Five weeks of orientation is not enough and they should be ashamed of themselves. The pt ratio seems high to me. Also, who is above making a mistake? We strive to learn from them and move on. Again, shame on them. Do not let this experience define your nursing career. Think about what you have to offer to your next employer. Also, what attributes do they need to have in order for you to want to work for them? Try to insure that you get what you are looking for.
I wish you the best.
Nov 21, '06Occupation: Medical Device co. Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Critical care, cardiothoracics, VADs ; Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 1,470; Likes: 48You got fired for forgetting a dose of Lasix? If that is genuinely the only reason, that is ridiculous!!!! Hope you can enjoy your holiday and find a nicer position next time!!
Nov 28, '06Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 26; Likes: 2Yeah, I can really understand where you're coming from - feeling overwhelmed so consistently. I'm still a pretty new nurse & remember in nursing school one of my teachers telling me that one effective way of voting was with your feet. I did do that w/my 1st job & don't regret it. I have found something that is a much better fit for me since then. It was no cakewalk, but nothing that is really worth it is. Staying isn't a cakewalk either.
Nov 29, '06Occupation: RN Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in Trauma ICU, MICU/SICU ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 1,119; Likes: 113Quote from pendragon1980What a krappy thing to do. They fire you and still want their sign on bonus. I would speak to a lawyer, if it is more affordable than paying them back.Yes, I have to pay back that bonus, and they are holding my final paycheck for it.
I don't think I'll have problem finding another job within the next couple of weeks, nurses are needed everywhere. I'm going to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family first though.
I do worry what to say when my prospective employer asks why I left my previous job.
Another problem I have with your employer is you asked for more orientation and was told that they can't afford it. You were also told that you shouldn't need help with time management when you were telling them that you did.
Well, now let's look at what its cost them. They rushed you through orientation (I had 12 weeks on the same floor I had tech'd on), didn't support or help you when you asked for it. And then they FIRED you. You don't need them. They don't know the first thing about training new grads or retaining new grads.
My hospital has a 12 week med/surg orientation (more if you need it). They also have a non-punitive med error reporting system. Which means no personnel actions for medical mistakes. Could someone be put back on orientation? Sure, but that is not punishment in my opinion, that is the support that a new grad needs.
As for the ratios, the ratios sound pretty good, but it sounds like you were just never taught how to handle that load. Good luck and keep your chin up. YOU are not the problem, you were THROWN into an impossible situation.
Be honest with your new prospective employer and tell them how you asked for more orientation and what their answer was. Also, how you asked for help with time management and what their answer was.
Nov 29, '06Occupation: Charge nurese, telemetry Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in Telemetry ; Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 76; Likes: 12Quote from augigiI agree.... there must be more to this story.You got fired for forgetting a dose of Lasix? If that is genuinely the only reason, that is ridiculous!!!! Hope you can enjoy your holiday and find a nicer position next time!!
Dec 1, '06Specialty: 11 year(s) of experience in MedSurg Tele ; Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 189; Likes: 51I'm crying with you!! I understand.