I wanted to explain what happened to me... - page 18

Hey everyone... I want to thank everyone for the prayers. I'm sorry I haven't been able to explain why I needed them and what I meant by saying I was in trouble, but I have recovered enough... Read More

  1. by   Pedi-ER-RN
    Lori, Congrats on your new job. I also enjoyed working with the elderly in the past, but have found my new love in Peds, couldn't imagine working with any other population ever again. Hope you enjoy this new job. Let us know how your first day goes!!
  2. by   RNOTODAY
    I am so so happy for you Lori, that things took a turn for the better with the new job. Good Luck!!!
    Reading your experience, and others like it, well, just makes me curse the day I even APPLIED to nursing school. It really is cut throat profession. Now, I just tolerate nursing, mainly because it is all I am educated formally for. The specialties I "like" are really the ones I can "tolerate" the most.
    oh, and next time, take care of YOU. Stay home if you are sick/exhausted etc. The places will ALWAYS be there when we get back. And unfortunately, we all are replaceable to them. Do your best always for your patients while you are there, the rest of the time, take care of your own interests, we have to..... because the facilities we work in are taking care of theirs.
  3. by   patriotnurse
    I understand completely what it is like to take the wrong medication. About five years ago the Dr. put me on Amantadine 100 mg. I got home and took it and about 45 minutes later went through the same thing you did. It turned out 12 hours later, I managed to come to my senses only to know that the pharmacy gave me Amitryptiline 100 mg.
    You did nothing wrong and the fact that your employer is treating you like a criminal is unethical. As a past person in administration and dealing with some of this, the claim can not be substatiated unless there is proof. You have a prescription for any drug that will show up in your system. We are human and make mistakes and with your work history as you told it, no one should even begin to think that you would do this intentionally. I am more concerned that some one did not check you out medically to make sure nothing else was wrong with you at the time.
    Hang in there. What ever happens. Keep in mind that when God closes a door he opens another.
    Stay srong.
  4. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I just got back from my first day at work! Everything went SO well. The kids were great to work with. I even got to take part in two takedowns, mostly observing though. The male techs are huge, and so protective of the female staff that I don't feel afraid even of the older adolescents. I think I am going to like this facility much better than my old job... I want to again thank you all for being there for me when I needed you most...
  5. by   GatorRN
    I was thinking about you earlier, wondering how your first day went. I'm sooo glad to hear everything went so well for you! It's great that you have "huge" protective techs to keep you safe. See, just as many of us said, your old DON did you a favor and gave you the opportunity to find a job you liked even better. I'm sooo happy for you! Enjoy your new job. Best of luck hon.
  6. by   spectral_ev
    proud2beanurse is so right. you had every right to call in and take care of yourself. if we go to work sick, or in a crisis there is no slack given on job performance, and, realistically, the patients needs don't change. i wish you the best, you will find another job easily because they need good nurses.
  7. by   krystaldragon721
    Nursing is so screwed up. I don't practice anymore. I never got fired from a job, I was never asked to leave a job, I have never never hurt anyone..but this profession is one of the scariest professions there is just because of what you just went through. It's almost like the salem witch hangings sometimes.
  8. by   firstaiddave907
    lori i hope everything works out for you i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers
  9. by   dmwRNpa
    I'm so sorry to hear that. I will keep you in my prayers, and your family also.
  10. by   olderthandirt
    I kind of wonder if she (DON) has an ulterior motive.....
  11. by   rnparrot
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Hi everybody,

    The meeting was horrible. I was fired. Legally I don't even have a leg to stand on because of the fact that due to the Ambien I was impaired legally. They did say that they will not report me to the BON for it, which is something I guess. I'm just so sad right now. I've been calling around town trying to see what is open, and I have an interview Monday.

    I just can't believe this happened. I can't believe they would fire me over a simple mistake. The sad part is, I believe that the best friend of my administrator (who is our current risk manager) has been wanting my job and that may have a lot to do with it. It just isn't fair. They told me that they wouldn't trust me anymore, that they would be worrying all night when I worked as to whether or not I had made the mistake again. What a load of crap. It was a freak accident, one I have taken responsibility for but I don't think the price should be so steep. I offered to go back on probation, but they said no. I was crying my heart out as I packed my office belongings. I am so devastated to leave, I loved my job.

    My resume is in good shape though, I have a wonderful annual evaluation, plus copies of the forms I had created and implemented. Someone should be willing to hire me. I just hate the feeling of being unwanted by a facility that I thought I'd be at for many years.

    I'm drowning my sorrows with a (weak) rum and coke, and I think I'll spend a couple days feeling sorry for myself and then pull myself back up and set out to find a (hopefully better) job.

    Thank you all for your support. It has really meant more than you could ever know.

    lori i am so sorry for the loss of your job. but something bigger and better will come of this. someone who will appreciate all of your hard work. its a shame that your dedication didn't overide the decision to just call out for the night. i know that is such a hard thing to do, i too have that problem. recently i started back to work at a local LTC facility, was hired for EOW, then picked up the attached friday...long story short i was picking up hours left and right because another coworker had gotten injured. i just started back into nursing again because 5 years ago i had a total knee replacement and have always had pain, but financially i needed the paycheck again, so i just sucked up the pain. well somewhere along the lines i picked up an infection in my replaced joint, and the whole point to this story is about calling out sick...i worked 5 days in a row, the next day i was off, ended up in the ER and was admitted for infection and needed surgery. i was AFRAID to call out, afraid i was going to lose my job. i get no benefits, so i too have been without a paycheck for 8 weeks now! see if you can lawyer up and get back pay and whatever else they can tack on to that unfair firing. also try to get unemployement comp in the meantime. when you are fired you are eligible. your exemployer won't like paying it but TS!!!! good luck and keep us posted.
  12. by   cobie_84
    Lori, I am so sorry that this has happened to you. In a way i think that the good caring nurses are slowly getting "booted" out for unfair reasons. I will keep you in my prayers. You seem like a very intelligent and caring lady. When i was going through my CNA problems you were there to support me. I am glad that you can move on and hopefully get a new job. I am still waiting on my court date but the quote that keeps my head up high everyday is that the truth will prevail and great things will come to you. Good luck.
  13. by   UnchainedFever
    Quote from Nurseboy1

    I will keep you in my prayers
    I want to let you know that there are many of us here. You don't need to suffer in slience. "sing it Honey", it makes yah whole....