So I'm fired. Again. - page 11
I must be the worst nurse in the world. Now I need to figure out my next step. And it isn't nursing. No specific reason. They think I "could" be unsafe. Pffft.... Read More
Nov 7, '07From: US ; Joined: Jan '06; Posts: 13,193; Likes: 17,909Quote from MulanNah.Do you think there was some age discrimination going on there?
Nov 7, '07Occupation: I've worked in all areas of acute care Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in telemetry ; Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 143; Likes: 4absolutely any nurse has the potential to possibly be unsafe, that is a bunch of BS, please don't take it personal & don't give up on nursing, so sorry that happened to you.
Nov 7, '07Occupation: Freelancing Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 5,292; Likes: 7,635Quote from Mulan[EVIL]'cause we all know you're older than dirt, Sue...[/EVIL]Do you think there was some age discrimination going on there?
Nov 7, '07Joined: Jul '07; Posts: 4; Likes: 8Quote from SuesquatchWell I'm sorry to hear that you are fired but if you worked in a nursing home,I understand your frustration. I had been an LPN ten years and made 2 medication errors in one week because the center refused to listen to the LPN's . They keep using LPN's in float pools in different halls every day. So we didn't know our patients at all. I voiced my concerns and asked only that we be able be trained on 2 halls so that we would be comfortable with the patients.they didn't listen,I quit.It was unsafe.. Any how Good luck ,and when you do get your degree ,please let me/us know. I've been wanting to do that for years ...but haven't yet.Thanks. Well, I'm already more than halfway through the RN courses but I've been so fried that I haven't been studying. I'm knocking thse suckers out fast. Just three left, than the clinical.
Nov 8, '07Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 4; Likes: 2sue ...you already know this but you will be fine...i can tell by your postings that you are a strong, determined woman that will accomplish your goals! brush those haters off!
by the way, how is it going in school? i'm starting my nursing career after being in call center management for 10 yrs. a divorce, a 13 yrs old, 11 yr old and just having a set a twins--5mnths! whew!!! (everyone is doing great)
i've always wanted to go into the medical field and when i had to be admitted into antenatal for 2mths and talking with the nurses in the nicu. i'm going to nursing school!!! any advice would be helpful!
i have tons of family support and am determined to make a better life for my little people. (i'm attempting to go all the way to crna)
anyway. i have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the encouraging posting from everyone else. keep your head up..we are all pulling for you!
Nov 8, '07Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 1; Likes: 2Cheer Up!! Don't Stop At Where You Fall. Stand Up, Give A Smile And Continue Your Journey. Learn From The Mistake. Embrace The Future.
Nov 8, '07Specialty: 16 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, ID, Oncology, Ortho ; Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 79; Likes: 69Quote from HeathervetWOW Heather ~ a little harsh, don't you think?I honestly can not believe that none of you believe that Suesquatch had any part in either of her dismissals. This criticism of everyone but her perpetuates the idea that nurses eat their young and that most hospitals are a terrible place to work for new nurses. I believe as much as th next person that we need to support each other, but does it need to be to a fault? No one but Suesquatch really knows the story of her jobs ending. Why are you all so quick to blame everyone else? 21 pages of support is getting a little ridiculous. I just wanted to bring a little reality to the situation.
Nov 8, '07Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: Medical Surgical ; Joined: Aug '05; Posts: 16; Likes: 4Quote from Katie91Not really. Nursing is not all roses and lillies. I just wanted to bring a little reality to the situation. It just seemed to me that when you lose one job and then lose another job with 3 separate preceptors thinking you may be unsafe, something may be off there. Has that ever happened to you? Me, either. Why not, do you think? It is a child's attitude to blame everyone else when something goes wrong. We need to step up to the plate and realize we may be partly at fault when something goes wrong. How will we learn otherwise? Everyone telling her how wonderful she is helps to a point, but none of us knows her personally. Maybe she was "unsafe". Who knows but her? I just don't believe that she doesn't know why she was fired or that no one told her specifically what she did to get fired. I am sure that this will anger some people, but I believe in telling it like it is, with respect that is....WOW Heather ~ a little harsh, don't you think?
Nov 8, '07From: US ; Joined: Jan '06; Posts: 13,193; Likes: 17,909
i'm gonnabeone, do you have any college course done? if so, do you have any science? and how are your grades?
if you have no post-secondary school credits enroll in your local cc now and take english (composition), intro psych, dev psych, statistics (if you can, otherwise college math), microbiology, biology, and a&p and then apply to the cc's nursing program.
if you do and the grades were poor and there are no science classes, do the above with the science and math.
Nov 8, '07Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 12,735; Likes: 1,812Quote from HeathervetI also think that what you said was harsh. To some extent, I agree with you- no one knows the whole story, not even Sue or the preceptors. As with every other story, there are 3 sides- each party has their perception and the reality falls somewhere between the 2. It doesn't mean that anyone is lying or misrepresenting the events, it just means that we all interpret such events in our own way. I'm not sure why you felt it was necessary to tell it like it is, because you certainly know how it is less than the parties involved. And there aren't 21 pages of support, there are only 14. It is obvious that Suesquatch has made friends here who want to help her through this difficult time.Not really. Nursing is not all roses and lillies. I just wanted to bring a little reality to the situation. It just seemed to me that when you lose one job and then lose another job with 3 separate preceptors thinking you may be unsafe, something may be off there. Has that ever happened to you? Me, either. Why not, do you think? It is a child's attitude to blame everyone else when something goes wrong. We need to step up to the plate and realize we may be partly at fault when something goes wrong. How will we learn otherwise? Everyone telling her how wonderful she is helps to a point, but none of us knows her personally. Maybe she was "unsafe". Who knows but her? I just don't believe that she doesn't know why she was fired or that no one told her specifically what she did to get fired. I am sure that this will anger some people, but I believe in telling it like it is, with respect that is....
Nov 8, '07Occupation: MedLeg Consul/Educator/WHNP-FNP Specialty: 35 year(s) of experience in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '05; Posts: 108,747; Likes: 28,305Bringing reality into any conversation has its merit.
But, respect for an individual trumps "reality checks" most every single time. Especially when the individual attempts to be honest and upfront and the reader interjects opinion only without actually being in the know.
I only wish for you good things, Sue. Hold up your head and carry on. One day soon, you'll find a good fit. In the meantime, finish up your RN program and consider this experience a mere uh oh in the grand scheme of things.
Nov 8, '07Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 266; Likes: 194Don't sweat it. I have been a nurse for 3.5 years and have worked in 7 places. Almost all of them PRN so that I could get a feel for the place before I committed. I still work in 2 of them, and one of them is hanging by a thread by MY choice not theirs. Nursing environments are hard, newbies are judged on everything they say and everything they do or don't do. Some units decide to be difficult and there's nothing you can do about it. I know that I am good at my job, but I also have certain expectations from my jobs. If it isn't a good fit, I move on. I also am not keen on the medsurg floors, not so much because I don't like the fast pace, but because there are too many people involved in the patients care. Unit clerks process the orders, the head nurse talks to the doctor, the LPN does the vitals and BG, and unless you have time to check what everyone else did, you can miss important information if they don't pass it on. Also, I found that senior nurses would sometimes take over even when I felt like I could handle it, or set me up to fail by giving something I couldn't handle. I like working alone in a facility where I handle everything from admission, orders, processing, pharmacy, dr's calls etc. So that I get the whole picture instead of just a piece.
Keep your chin up, you'll find something!!
Nov 8, '07Specialty: 16 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg, ID, Oncology, Ortho ; Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 79; Likes: 69I agree, nursing is not all lilys and roses and a lot of the time, the risks of the job out weigh the benefits. If not for that one special patient who touches our soul and the comraderie of our co-workers, nursing would be a completely thankless job.
I am so grateful for the compassionate nurses I have been blessed to work, laugh and cry with, and I'm equally as fortunate that the ones who lack these qualities have been few and far between.
That's what it's all about. We give and give until we are physically and emotionally drained. If it weren't for the unconditional support of my fellow nurses, my cup would perpetually be empty. We all need to keep that cup re-filled in order to provide quality care to those who need us the most.