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Hi all-- I was in the chat room last nite and talked to a few people and got some pretty good advice but was trying to still process what would be the best thing for me to do. I am a new grad since... Read More

  1. by   DougD1
    My Lord! I totally agree this was not an acceptable practice, and really feel you got "Shafted." The preceptor is there to guide you through these type of things, not to disappear when you need them. Sounds to me like you were thrown into the "Meatgrinder" which is often med-surg nursing these days. This does not excuse this!! I would find that a very hard situation to deal with~
    My recommendations:
    1. You must take care of yourself. Talk this over with someone you trust- be it a Chaplain, Minister, Doctor, or a trusted person. You have been wounded emotionally by this on several levels and you have to cope with this and heal. Talk it out, do not let it fester. you have been hurt deeply from the way this sounds. you cannot let this go.
    2. I'm not a lawyer, but I think if you are not at work it is not considered job abandonment if you do not show up. That said, this is not the best way to leave, to just not show up. I urge you to talk you to your manager, she or he may understand your feelings and needs. In my management experience when we had references there were often attempts to get information, "Off the record" when HR or managers would call about fellow employees.
    3. I will pray for you tonight! I am so sorry this happened to you.
    We need our young people in this field, you deserve support, not to be abandoned!!!
  2. by   thisnurse
    i wouldnt send a copy of my resignation to the new job. i wouldnt even bring it up unless they did. and absolutely be vague. you arent lying...it wasnt a good fit.
    dont feel badly about what happened on your part. you did what a good nurse would do given the same situation.
    you have nothing to be ashamed about. this was not your failure...it was theirs.
    those dumasses lost a good nurse.
  3. by   woundnurse
    Left my hospital position about a year ago because I just couldn't stand the atmosphere (not one particular incident). Had no job to go to and thought I had made a big mistake.. Gave notice and my manager actually walked me out a week early (Now think she was afraid people would see how glad I was in leaving and influence them--although I had said nothing)--had been there 6 years and no goodbye, thank you etc. Went to home health and it was the best thing that could have ever happened...Ist agency hired me on the spot...When interviewed for the next agency (Now work for both) asked if I had had any previous conflicts, I stated the situation..when asked if I would do anything different I replyed...I would have left years earlier.
    Hang in there ....There are some great places to work and terrific people to work for.
  4. by   bhart
    Just for clarification - I am a Registered Health Information Technician as well as a Registered Nurse. I specialize in Mental Health Information in a Community Mental Health Center- Most states protect mental health information in medical records, and the federal Government protects addictions information in medical records.

    Any information of this type cannnot be released without a specialized Release of Information - indicating that the patient is fully aware that the information to be released is mental health or addictions related. According to Federal Law - a general ROI is not sufficient.

    Also under HIPAA - this information is even further protected. If this information is used against Amy - she would have grounds for a breach of confidentiality suit.

    Hope this helps.
  5. by   mattsmom81
    Thank you Barbie, that is good for us all to know.
  6. by   l.rae
    Nursing orientations are notorious for their firey baptisms. While the kind of situation you encountered is not the daily norm, you can count on the fact that you will face many crisis situations in your career that can leave you reeling, questioning your career choice, your compitence, your sanity....momentarily. And you will face challenges/crisis that leave you feeling emotionally charged. Honestly, the former is more common than the latter. But the latter keeps you comming back for more like an addicted gambler!
    good luck. l.rae
  7. by   Jenny P
    Amy, I haven't seen or heard from you lately; how are you doing?

    DougD1, you are wrong about not showing up for work being patient abandonment; according to most nurse practice acts across the country, the term usually pertains to the nurse WHO RECEIVES REPORT and THEN leaves her patients. Check out the NCSBN site (ncsbn.com) for more info. As a matter of fact, technically, the preceptor for Amy could be charged with pt. abandonment here in this particular case.