Terminated because of my Attention Deficit Disorder - page 4

Just needed to vent a little. What a rough day today, I was terminated today because of may ADD. I made this clear with the DON when she was terminating me if it was based on my work performance... Read More

  1. by   yelnikmcwawa
    The problem I see, is that the symptoms of ADD are very subjective, and so it may be difficult for you to prove that your time management and organization is directly and ONLY caused by ADD. There are times when an employer must accomodate an employee with a disability, but what would you have suggested your boss do to accomodate you??? Bottom line...if you can't get the work done in a satisfactory manner, then you're just not right for that position.

    Hopefully you can find the right medication to help alleviate your sympotms, but I will tell you this much: ADD treatment is WAY more than just medication. Untreated adults with ADD have often learned a lifetime of poor habits, and simply adding a daily pill to your regimine won't fix it. You may need some cognitive/behavioral therapy to help you learn more efficient ways of working and completing your ADLs.

    I'm not trying to sound mean, but the harsh reality is that you can't just blame ADD on your work difficulties and expect that it'll all get better in a few months after you've tinkered with medication...you have to look at the problems, analyze what needs to be done, take your meds, and learn new sequencing.

    Not many employers have sympathy for ADD diagnoses, and I don't see that changing any time soon. There is no adaptive equipment or "time of" they can emply to assist you, and so it all needs to be your own personal work, and this can be frustruating for employers. Especialy employers who have patient's lives at hand. If you state your ADD made it hard for you to focus, who's to say that the next day, that lack of focus wouldn't manifest in a med error???

    Sorry this happened to you, and good luck!
  2. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from LPN&momof3
    I'm not a floor nurse I work in a nursing home which is a whole different environment.
    but you still need solid time mgmt skills in ltc, yes?
    afterall, you're passing meds to many residents within a specified time frame.
    i agree that it's definitely going to take personal, deliberate strategy on your part, to make this work.

    is time mgmt the only concern your employer has?

    leslie
  3. by   morte
    devils advocate here, where any of your coworkers have to stay and do work,BUT DID SO OFF THE CLOCK?
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    I would think long and hard about retaining an attorney, especially if, as you say, you live in a small town type of area. You'll be nailing your own coffin shut.
  5. by   yelnikmcwawa
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    I would think long and hard about retaining an attorney, especially if, as you say, you live in a small town type of area. You'll be nailing your own coffin shut.
    Yeah, what she said!

    Not to discourage you, but I don't see how in any way you'd have too much of a case. The lawers of your employer will rip you to shreds and your boss will tell the judge that you simply couldn't get your work done. It's not like you have multiple sclerosis and they could have offered you a desk job and a back cusion. You couldn't get the job done in the timeframes they expected, and there is not much they could have done about it... You can't be lenient on timeframes in patient care.
  6. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from awsmom8
    i hope you won the lottery to depend on an attorney for everything!
    while i am not an attorney, both of my parents and several others in my family were, it sounds as though you need one. often an attorney will take a case pro bono if they feel strongly enough about how unfairly the person was treated or what their family situation is. don't start with someone advertising on tv or the radio. get a recommendation from your doctor if she has had patients in similar situations and/or call your county's bar association (call your county courthouse and get the bar association's phone number) and ask whom they would recommend. you might well have to go out of town or out of county because ultimately you want someone in disability law or at least someone who has tried that type of case before. a call to your legal aid services (for low income clients) if you qualify, might also be a place to begin because in nonurban areas like this, the lawyers rotate down a list to provide coverage and often trade cases if something out of their area of usual practice comes their way and if the case is in certain areas like disability law. they may well take the case on a contingency basis (if not pro bono) which means they get a set percentage of the winnings, if there are any, and nothing if you don't win. so if that word comes up, don't panic. hope some of my random thoughts help. good luck.

    sharpeimom
  7. by   BabyLady
    Quote from JanisM
    That's awful. I can't offer any constructive advice, but it sounds like discrimination to me. You'd think that they would offer help rather than sacking someone, especially in an industry where the whole purpose is to help people. Sounds like the DON is very uninformed about your condition, like many people.
    Technically, it isn't discrimination if the disorganization and time management was affecting patient care.

    The OP didn't say exactly what happened....so I'm not assuming, just suggesting.

    The facilities first obligation is to protect the patient.
  8. by   LPN&momof3
    Quote from BabyLady
    Technically, it isn't discrimination if the disorganization and time management was affecting patient care.

    The OP didn't say exactly what happened....so I'm not assuming, just suggesting.

    The facilities first obligation is to protect the patient.
    Actally the disorganization and time management was NOT affecting patient care. I was putting my residents first making sure they were safe and answering alarms. I was staying over doing the charting that I was not able to get to during the shift because of all the extra stuff they have been throwing at us left and right to do. My work was completed during my shift except any charting I was not able to complete.
  9. by   morte
    Quote from LPN&momof3
    Actally the disorganization and time management was NOT affecting patient care. I was putting my residents first making sure they were safe and answering alarms. I was staying over doing the charting that I was not able to get to during the shift because of all the extra stuff they have been throwing at us left and right to do. My work was completed during my shift except any charting I was not able to complete.
    ....and this is why i asked if you coworkers had the same issues, but had been working OFF the clock......when something happens that doesnt make a lot of sense,...follow the money
  10. by   ozoneranger
    Quote from lpn&momof3
    actally the disorganization and time management was not affecting patient care. i was putting my residents first making sure they were safe and answering alarms. i was staying over doing the charting that i was not able to get to during the shift because of all the extra stuff they have been throwing at us left and right to do. my work was completed during my shift except any charting i was not able to complete.
    um... were there staffing cuts right about the time your performance went to hell......
  11. by   jhenderson7593
    Quote from mustlovepoodles
    It might be worth your while to seek out the advice of an attorney who knows disability law.
    It would help if ADD actually existed

    http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/artic..._add_exist.htm
  12. by   JanisM
    What an ignorant statement. It DOES.
  13. by   sharpeimom
    Quote from henderson 7593
    it would help if add actually existed

    http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/artic..._add_exist.htm
    how incredibly rude and ignorant that statement is. my husband volunteers with two sweet little brothers who are eight and nine. they are adorable but when their totally dippy and irresponsible mom forgets to give their meds... yikes! their alter egos emerge and they become unorganized in their thought processes, school work, hyper, unable to sit still and concentrate, loud, (even by small boy standards), are awake and up all or most of the night, beat up their four year old sister, the small dog,
    become destructive, without really meaning to, are defiant. they have add and one child also has odd.
    my husband says it's hard to believe they're the same kids off their meds. also, when mom remembers to keep all three kids on schedule and feed them regularly, it really makes a huge difference. and, yes, children's services have been involved. on their meds, they can concentrate, use indoor voices, play with their little sister, are kind to and care for the dog, do a or b school work, go to bed and actually sleep,
    like different kids. does it exsist? absolutely!

    sharpeimom

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