Hello everyone. I have a problem, and i would like to get the opinions of the more experienced nurses on this forum. I am a pretty new LPN. (6 months) and I work in LTC. I really enjoyed working there until recently. We have a new administrator and DON, and quite frankly, I don't have any confidence in their ability to manage the place. These people are rude, arrogant, and incompitent. I also fear for my license working in a place like this.
When they first arrived they admitted a patient who was suppose to receive IV antibiotics TID. I was the only nurse there that was IV certified, so it was my responsibility to give the medication. Our facility never accepted patients with IVs before, so I was not trained on how to use the pumps. I asked management to give me a demonstration, and the beginning of my shift. (I had 7 hours before i had to administer a dose). She never gave told me how to do it. She left the floor and said, "give it a shot, and if you are unable to figure it out, call the doctor".
Earlier this week they had me charge a floor of 43 patients. I only had 3 aids to assist me. We did not have a CMT, so i was force to do my own med passes. This was not my regular floor either, so that made the pass even longer. I spent most of the shift passing out pills and doing accuchecks and giving insulin. I did not have time to do any dressing changes or documentation.
This evening I was forced to charge for a total of 59 patients... (This time with a CMT), and do an new admission. Admission at our facility require a lot of paperwork, so i was unable to do everything completely. I also looked at the schedule tomorrow, and it appears that I am the only nurse in the building. My relief is notorious for showing up hours late, so i might have to be forced to work over.
For obvious reasons, i think i am going to quit my job. Without a 2 week notice, and I wanted to get a few opinions from my fellow nurses.
Do you believe i am justified in quitting without notice, or do you think i should give at least a 2 week notice?
How would it look to a future employer, if I did such a thing. Do I tell them the truth about the place and my reasons for leaving (I always heard it's not a good idea to make negative comments about a former employer.)
Anyway, thanks for reading my post, and i look forward to hearing your responses.
Jan 26, '07
Give notice ASAP. In the meantime, I'd be keeping detailed notes for myself of everything that goes on and of your attempts to get help from the DON and administrator. That way if later they get into trouble they can't come back and say "well we just had no idea how things were going, kendratyler2001 never told us a thing," etc etc. Keep those notes at home, plus keep copies of any paperwork done between your resignation and your final day. Put it all in a folder and put it away somewhere. (Not patient charting but any communication notes, write-ups, etc.) You want to be able if necessary to pull it out and say "see, this is a copy of the note I left the DON about the unsafe staffing level..." You hope that all of that will just collect dust forever but just in case, it's your insurance.
Good luck on finding something better!
Last edit by santhony44 on Jan 26, '07