I was let go !

  1. i'm a new grad, started 1 wk orientation at ltc last week. this is how it went and why i was asked to consider somewhere else:

    1. the 1st preceptor i had came down on me alittle hard when i was giving out meds for the 1st time. she also got annoyed with me asking questions.
    2. changed preceptors and asked for more time.
    3 got more time and my 2nd preceptor wondered why i asked for more orientation time because i was giving out meds so well
    4. had to do a med pass today, where someone other than the preceptor watches u give out meds - failed it, here's why:

    -i put my meds on a tray and set it down on a chair next to the resident, to give it- according to the person giving the med pass this is not allowed
    - she says i didnt wash my hands long enough- even though i was counting as i washed my hands, and 1 or 2 little not drastic mistakes were made- i was nervous, she said these were the problems not giving out meds themselves.

    this is annoying and discouraging seeing that it took me 5 mo to find this job, cause here in nyc everyone wants pn with experience. what do you guys think, and what should i do!:trout:

    i posted earlier on how i was ''let go'' on my new job. anyway, do you all think 1 week of orientation is enough for a new grad (pn) working in a nrsg home with 40 residents.
    Last edit by P_RN on May 23, '07 : Reason: Merging 2 very similar posts only 27 min apart
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  3. by   MikeyJ
    If you encountered that many problems with staff within your first week, I would probably count my blessings that I no longer worked there. Lift yourself back up and start looking for another job! Good luck!
  4. by   ShifraPuah
    Quote from sistermike
    If you encountered that many problems with staff within your first week, I would probably count my blessings that I no longer worked there. Lift yourself back up and start looking for another job! Good luck!
    AMEN!! You deserve MUCH better than this. And they wonder why they can't keep nurses...? :trout:
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    Good grief. They sound awful!
  6. by   Ms.RN
    hmm.. sound like nurses eating their own young. :angryfire:angryfire:angryfire are these nurses doing exactly what they are suppose to be doing? for example, are they checking patients id before they give medicine? are they checking it 3 times like they were taught in nursing school? you dont deserve this.. find a better job where they treat new grads better.. please, i've worked in ltc for almost 3 years and nurses are not compliant with state requirement unless they are being surveyed.
    Last edit by Ms.RN on May 23, '07
  7. by   luvmy3kids
    I'm sorry you were let go. And for such a rediculous reason. I agree with the others, look for another job where they appreciate you like you deserve!

    Good luck!

    Jennifer
  8. by   pegbord
    Good Grief!!!! It may not feel like it now, but I think you are blessed to be outa there!!! I know your post said it took you 5 months to find this job - you WILL find another. You deserve to work in an establishment who respects you and has compassion for newbies rather that delighting in finding fault!
  9. by   P_RN
    gt: I merged these posts of yours so all your answers can be in one location. I'm very sorry you were let go. Keep looking up though. I'd venture to say that we have all had some sort of similar experience.
  10. by   gt4everpn
    Quote from wantobern
    hmm.. sound like nurses eating their own young. :angryfire:angryfire:angryfire are these nurses doing exactly what they are suppose to be doing? for example, are they checking patients id before they give medicine? are they checking it 3 times like they were taught in nursing school? you dont deserve this.. find a better job where they treat new grads better.. please, i've worked in ltc for almost 3 years and nurses are not compliant with state requirement unless they are being surveyed.
    actually not, the preceptors i had were showing me their shortcuts of giving out meds, primarily because they wanted to get it over with, even though they were orienting me, the 2nd one was nice, but she was complaining about her work load, even to me. one of the reasons i was let go is cause during a peg med adminisration i checked placement with water instead of air, but thats how the preceptor showed me how to do it! she also let me go cause she said the surveyor is coming, guess she doesn't want to take chances.
  11. by   gt4everpn
    Quote from P_RN
    gt: I merged these posts of yours so all your answers can be in one location. I'm very sorry you were let go. Keep looking up though. I'd venture to say that we have all had some sort of similar experience.

    Thanks, what post exactly did u merge?
  12. by   bill4745
    Absolutely not enough.
  13. by   TracyB,RN
    Depending on your education, personality, skill level, & level of care required for the facility... could be enough, could NOT be enoughl...
    My first LTC job, I got a 3 day orientation, but had also been a CNA previously, did well in school & was ready to rock & roll...
    Meds on chairs, even if on a tray, a huge NO NO....contamination risk
  14. by   justrissy
    No I agree that 1 week isn't long enough but that is just they way it is in LTC I guess. I am a new LPN in Feb. when I started a new job I got exactly 3 1/2 days of orientation! On my 4th day the nurse that was orienting me was fired after the morning med pass, the DON came and told me she was told I was doing good and that I'd be on my own the rest of the shift! Then I was going to orient to NOC's this past week so I could fill in this summer for vacations and the nurse that was going to orient me called in sick, so I was completely alone the only nurse in the building with 3 cna's and 50 residents pretty scary. Thank god nothing happened but it sure seems to be a common occurence with LTC!

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