3 nursing jobs in 2 years. Unhirable?

  1. Without getting into too much detail:

    I've had 3 jobs.
    1. Assisted living facility: Fired after 2 years
    2. Clinic: Quit after 3 months
    3. Assistant living facility: Fired after 3 months

    My resume looks bad. I wanted to not include my last job but when recruiters ask what I did during those 3 months, i reallly don't know what to say. I really don't want to discuss why I got fired (you can view my post to see how bad of a nursing I am).

    At at my Core, I love my job and feel that with all the lessons I've learned, I will be a great fit someone else if given the opportunity. I am working for an agency as a per diem nurse and my job was cancelled this morning. I am afraid of not being able to pay my bills.

    Thanks to to all in advance
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  3. by   sallyrnrrt
    Hard to help you, without more details etc.
  4. by   LPNewbie
    Quote from sallyrnrrt
    Hard to help you, without more details etc.
    What details do you need
  5. by   sallyrnrrt
    The issues, ( not specifics)

    I'm not being a nosey body....... I just want you to benefit from my 45.5 yrs of being RN,

    I want to give you the best advice, if. I can help you

    Best wishes, Sally

    ps: I've always learned best from my prior mistakes...
  6. by   Ella26
    Sorry you are having such a hard time.
    The first step in moving forward from your mistakes is to accept responsibility. It sounds like you have done that.
    Secondly, reflect on the mistakes made and figure out where you went wrong.
    Work on your confidence. You made it through nursing school, so you obviously possess the knowledge of nursing basics. You are not dumb. So quit telling yourself that. It does nothing for your confidence and is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    Perhaps, you could look into taking a refresher course. Read and re-read your nursing texts in the basics... charting/documentation, medication administration, injections and so on...
    Watch YouTube videos.
    Get your anxiety under control. I have performance anxiety and there were a few times it almost cost me... I would think so hard about all the steps to do a certain procedure right, that I would almost always make a mistake. I have not overcome this by no means, but I do everything I can to learn about whatever procedure or subject that I feel anxious about.
    Keep applying for jobs. Maybe you need something less fast paced so you can learn the basics of being a nurse. Unfortunately, this type of position may be hard to come by.
    You could try:
    Private Duty Nursing-where you only have like 1 client.
    Assisted Living
    Also, look into finding a nursing mentor. Someone you trust that can be open and honest with you about your progress and incompetencies.
    If your dream is to be a good nurse, make sure you fully accept responsibility and do all that you can to rectify your mistakes. You worked hard for that license...now you need to work even harder, to keep it!
    Good luck.
    Last edit by Ella26 on Mar 6 : Reason: editing
  7. by   RockinNurse2018
    Why did you quit the clinic job? Could you go back?
  8. by   AnnieOaklyRN

    I have to be honest after reading your threads I think it may be time for you to change careers, as it doesn't sound like maybe nursing is for you. I know it's a harsh thing to say, but that is just my opinion.

  9. by   Been there,done that
    You are obviously not unhirable, if an agency is putting you to work. Agency work is a great way to network.
    You will get canceled frequently, so sign on with several agencies.

    Best wishes.
  10. by   LPNewbie
    Thank you for your advice. I know my confidence isn't good and I will do my best to be my best. I just feel like with all of my firings, employers wont give me a chance anymore. I don't want to lie but I need a job.
  11. by   LPNewbie
    Thanks, friend. I was cancelled this morning and wished I had signed on with another agency as well.
  12. by   LPNewbie
    Nothing is right for you as I've been fired and failed at everything I try. I am totally useless to everyone
  13. by   LPNewbie
    I just didn't like it. I missed geriatrics
  14. by   LPNewbie
    I'm sorry I didn't mean to come off short. I struggle with med errors. I know it's because I'm not organized and I promise to myself that I will be. Maybe nursing isn't right for me like Annie said