Railroaded at work - page 4

I accepted a job on a PCU. The requirements were simply, willing to train Med Surg RN w/expereince. I have my ACLS and passed their telemetry exam, not just a simple version either, with 96.6%. I... Read More

  1. by   truern
    Quote from comancheshadow
    Being railroaded seems to be the new way to do people these days. I have been an RN since 1985..and was an LPN for 3 years prior to that. I was hired in February at a small specialty hospital, who advertised a 3000 dollar sign on bonus for RN's, by the interum CNO.. she wanted me to work in the SCU with the vent patients and also cross train to being a house supervisor. Unfortunately, this was overheard by a male nurse who doesn't know how to do the titrated drips required, when they do come up, and didn't even recognize V fib on his ACLS megacode. From the 3rd week of my "so-called" orientation...which was NOT any of an orientation at all...this guy would not come when I needed his help to turn my patients..which with a trach..were not to be turned without two healthcare workers present, for risk of decanulation. He got to blantantly taking longer and longer to come and I timed him at one hour one day...in the meantime..he looks as if he is always so busy, busy..yet he never would chart until his shift was over..to pad his paycheck.. I went to the new CNO when the monitor tech, who seems to have the hots for this guy, had a hissy fit on me one day...saying that this male nurse was 'doing everything".. I'd been orienting someone to the unit who barely spoke English, while trying to save a man who was bleeding out, rapidly..needing a transfusion prior to transport..the monitor tech hadn't told me that the blood bank had called to say the blood was available..but she kept coming in trying to boss me around, with the other nurse there as my witness. Well..the new CNO.. listened to me.. made it sound as if she would be taking care of this problem..after making it clear she was thinking this male nurse was intimidated by my experience being more than his.. and..who had appointed this monitor tech Queen of the unit?... I was not told anything about the resolvement..for a month..but was put out to work on the med surg units without ANY prior orientation to where things were kept or how the flow of the unit went..with total strangers, to work with, in addition... then.. about two weeks ago..I was called in for my evalution..4 days prior to my getting my first installment of my sign on bonus.. I was given an eval that made it clear I wasn't good enough to take out the trash...which is ludicrous...since I was told to orient some Cuban nationals this new CNO had hired, shortly after she came... turns out...she was their HEADHUNTER.... Gee...is this not a direct conflict of interest??? I thought so!.... Yes...this woman railroaded me out of MY job...and was sly enough to have the gutless unit manager write her name on the eval...even though I'd had very little interaction with the manager..She's terrified she's going to lose HER job if she stands up for what's right...in the meantime.. these nurses hired in are taking scab wages, can't speak English well..nor understand it...and patients are at risk... I am not sure they know ANYTHING about nursing...they had to be shown every little thing... there's something wrong with this picture.. This woman doesn't care about the patients obviously...she only is after her own interests..and CASH..... meanwhile... I am searching for a job in an economy that doesn't want to hire someone with experience as it costs more to have that wisdom and knowledge...but it keeps people ALIVE!!!...
    I'm sure there was something important contained in this post, but honestly my eyes crossed just trying to read it. Paragraphs, please. And welcome to allnurses!
  2. by   DeLana_RN
    Quote from ruby vee
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    resign this job if you think that's best for you. wait to be fired if you need the unemployment. but before you move on to a new job in a new place, please take a careful look at your own attitudes and the way you present yourself. in the end, you are the only person you can change. and whereever you go, you take yourself with you. good luck!
    i've never drawn unemployment, but it is my understanding that you're only eligibile if you're terminated (laid off, really) without fault of your own? since the hospital wouldn't want her to be able to get unemployment, they will undoubtedly fire her for cause (incompetence, whatever) and she will therefore (a) not receive unemployment, and (b) have a big problem to explain in her next interview.

    there's only one thing to do, op: resign, do it now, don't even attend the meeting except to deliver your letter (better yet, deliver it to hr). then run, don't walk, out of there.

    you were in a truly dreadful situation, and (having been there myself, in my very first job out of school) i can relate so well. sure, you may share some blame (as you acknowledge), but the main fault is your manager's/ coworkers'. you probably should have taken the hint when your manager first said that things weren't going well (but, few of us do, we either can't believe it or - well, need a job!)

    i doubt they have a case for the bon and will just let this go after your resignation (again, don't let them fire you!!!!)

    learn from this, as i'm sure you will, and good luck with your next position.

    delana
    Last edit by DeLana_RN on May 25, '09
  3. by   Babzuptown
    So much of this has been helpful. And some of it is ugly assumption. Why assume so much. I offered background because I hoped for experience, feedback and support. I never imagined anyone was "trying to corrupt me" with coffee. I don't think like that. I'm having to guess as to why I have been rejected.

    I have worked agency for so long where I live, they would never pay a fee to hire me away at this time. Also, when the economy went south, agency jobs declined big time. I was offered a sign on bonus at the new job. I'm a single mom who went with very little income for 3 months. I live paycheck to paycheck. I stuck with it, even when it felt like it was going bad because I believed I could turn it around. If I sound jaded now, I have good reason. I put my best foot forward and went about trying to fit in with the best effort.

    Is it for the sake of a negative thread that this is getting ugly.

    Thank you to those who are offering advice and support. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
  4. by   Babzuptown
    Thank you DeLana. Good advice. I had a great relationship w/HR on hiring. Scarry stuff.
  5. by   Babzuptown
    I don't remember how it came up that I was LDS, origionally. I do remember putting it out there after the first mean comment. And believe it or not, my thinking was, I didn't want the person who made fun to do it again in front of me and then, somewhere down the road have it be awkward when they found out I was. To my detriment, obviously, I'm a Polyanna. I was actually thinking of the other person. And re-reading some of my post, yeah, my feelings are hurt. I never went in there with an attitude. I really did try to be friendly and easy going. No one deserves this.
  6. by   Babzuptown
    "There's only one thing to do, OP: Resign, do it now, don't even attend the meeting except to deliver your letter (better yet, deliver it to HR). Then run, don't walk, out of there."

    And so, my dilemna, if I resign, I have to pay back the sign on bonus...and I don't have it. single mom/paycheck to paycheck right now.
  7. by   Babzuptown
    Quote from Alexk49
    My last point, perhaps you do have organizational issues, humiliating and shaming you is not the way to motivate you. Best of luck.
    Thanks Alexk49. See, I think like this too. I know there are nurses like you and me and so many others on this post. I will hope and pray for so much at my next job.
  8. by   Babzuptown
    "defending the missionaries who have interrupted your colleague's sleep is not a good way to get along. if you stay on night shift, you may understand that one day!"

    ruby, you weren't there. this is quite the assumption. for all we know it was her day off. your post is just unnecessarily hostile. really. and your assumptions about me are crap. i'm not self-rightous. your post is a reflection of you, not me.
  9. by   regularRN
    Babzuptown
  10. by   RN1982
    I didn't find Ruby's post to be hostile. She has many years of experience as a nurse and precepting nurses. You wanted feedback and you got feedback, not all of it is going to be to your liking. Perhaps instead of making smart retorts to Ruby's view of your situation, you could reflect on yourself and your situation, then you will find the resolution to your dilemma. After all this is about you.
  11. by   caliotter3
    Quote from TurnLeftSide
    I didn't find Ruby's post to be hostile. She has many years of experience as a nurse and precepting nurses. You wanted feedback and you got feedback, not all of it is going to be to your liking. Perhaps instead of making smart retorts to Ruby's view of your situation, you could reflect on yourself and your situation, then you will find the resolution to your dilemma. After all this is about you.
    I think I'm beginning to see what your problem is. Ruby actually was rather straightforward but not hostile or mean with what she said. She wrote what many others are thinking when they read this thread.
  12. by   RN1982
    I have to agree with you, Cali. Why pussyfoot around it and not say what you mean to say? Ruby, as always, was offering an honest point of view. Too many people misinterpret straight-forwardness as being harsh. It's not harsh. It's honest.
  13. by   DeLana_RN
    Quote from Babzuptown
    "There's only one thing to do, OP: Resign, do it now, don't even attend the meeting except to deliver your letter (better yet, deliver it to HR). Then run, don't walk, out of there."

    And so, my dilemna, if I resign, I have to pay back the sign on bonus...and I don't have it. single mom/paycheck to paycheck right now.
    Are you sure you won't have to pay it back if you get fired? I see your point... but if this is not the case (you will have to pay it back either way), I would still say, resign! At least you can walk out of there with dignity (getting fired is very, very devastating. I didn't even get fired (I was forced to resign from my first job - and it's still haunting me sometimes, 11 years later). Anyway, I don't think they can force you to pay back anything - they can ask for it, but if you don't pay, well you just won't be eligible for rehire (gee...)

    Again, best of luck to you.

    DeLana

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