rhack

  1. HI from Roane CO, TN. I'm home health nurse that is lost right now. I was hurt on the job and had to have surgery. After my MD released me to go back to work, nothing was the same. Everyone was cold and standoffish. Before I knew it, they said they had done away with my position and I had been in it for 4 years, Had never been in any trouble at work, had always gotten along with everyone, had great rapport with all my patients. Then bam, no thankyou for all your years of service, kiss my big toe or nothing. Just, everything has changed and you no longer work for us. I asked if it was due to me being hurt on the job which was completely denied. But, it looks suspicious to me and it feels really bad. That was a few weeks ago and now I'm currently picking up the pieces and doing the job search, resume sending thing. If any one else has gone through a simular experience and has any good advice, I sure could use it right now!
    Last edit by rhack on Oct 8, '06
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    About rhack

    Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 2
    RN
    Specialty: Home Health mostly

    7 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    That's dreadful. I hope that you find something else better. It's a shame that we're so disposable like that.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Hi Rhack, Welcome to Allnurses!

    If you keep reading some of these forums, you'll find situations similar to yours. It does help to know that some employers are like that so you can get your resume polished up.

    Try to look at the bright side:

    You'll find another job. I hope it's soon, and hopefully, you'll like it much better than the job you left. You can explore other opportunities now that weren't possible before. Now that you've had your surgery, you can find something that's more suited to you, rather than trying to fit yourself back into the old way of doing things.

    Please let us know how it goes. You'll find a lot of support here.
  5. by   annmariern
    Is that even legal? Aren't you protected by the FMLA laws?
  6. by   lindarn
    Quote from annmariern
    Is that even legal? Aren't you protected by the FMLA laws?
    Have you kept all the documentation from evaluations, nice letters from patients and family members? I would talk to an employment attorney, and get some advice.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
  7. by   Kirsti1181
    Rhak-Welcome! You are definitely not alone. I have had to leave 2 jobs in the last 7 months because of back problems, and I thought it was the end of the worl. But I found a part time job and I start tomorrow and hopefully that will go well. I would look into collecting unemployment while you are looking for a job. It sound like you should qualify and you usually get the check pretty fast. PM me if you need anything!
  8. by   rhack
    Thanks for all the nice encouragement guys. I really need it and appreciate it!

    I was able to get unemployment and have now gotten my 1st check. I thought they were going to fight it but thankfully they didn't.

    I've been on a couple of job interviews, but, they act funny when I tell them that I had been on workmans comp.

    My ortho MD is presently getting me set up to have an eval on my knee to see what the percentage of disability I have. I'm not quite sure what to expect and what they will do and what bearing this will have on my future job prospects. If any of you know about post ACL injuries and surgeries and disability percentages, I would appreciate any info.
  9. by   charebec65
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    My ortho MD is presently getting me set up to have an eval on my knee to see what the percentage of disability I have. I'm not quite sure what to expect and what they will do and what bearing this will have on my future job prospects. If any of you know about post ACL injuries and surgeries and disability percentages, I would appreciate any info.
    Hi. I hope your recovery continues and you find a job soon. It sounds like a pretty underhanded way of letting someone go from their job. At least they didn't fight the unemployment. Insofar as ACL injuries, I'm not sure why you would have much permanent disability. In the last 22 months I've known 4 people who have had 7 ACL tears (one with MCL as well) between them. They were all sport related tears and all but one has gone back to their sports (soccer, track, etc.). The only one that didn't is the oldest and he is 50. He's had multiple knee surgeries from soccer injuries and has chosen not to play anymore. He still works a full time job that keeps him on his feet all day. Give it time, you should be fine.

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