Have I been fired from new day surgery job?

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by halsey (New) New

I recently started as a casual nurse in a day surgery/procedure unit doing pre and post op cares. I have a couple of years experience working on surgical wards but then took a couple of years off until I started this new casual job. I haven't received many shifts so I applied for a permanent job that was advertised. I didn't even get an interview! I got told by manager that other staff think I lack acute surgical experience however I received no examples. I have this experience from the past so I don't understand. I can't think of anything that I did to display a lack of experience, apart from asking general questions as I was only new to day surgery/procedure nursing and didn't receive much training. I literally only worked a handfull of shifts sporadically making it difficult to learn. I now feel uneasy that other coworkers dislike me and I'm reluctant to continue working there as a casual nurse.

 

Does this experience mean that I am likely fired from my casual job as well and to look elsewhere?

beachynurse, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 37 years experience. 243 Posts

When you spoke to the manager, did you ask for specific examples, or did you wait for the manager to offer them to you? I would probably ask for a meeting with the manager and ask for specific examples of why they they think you lack acute surgical experience, and how you can gain that experience so you are able to obtain a full time position. 

halsey

8 Posts

No I didn't ask for specific examples, they were not given in the email and I never replied back. Thanks if I ever were to receive another shift I may bring it up in person, but not sure if that makes me look desperate.

beachynurse, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 37 years experience. 243 Posts

10 minutes ago, halsey said:

No I didn't ask for specific examples, they were not given in the email and I never replied back. Thanks if I ever were to receive another shift I may bring it up in person, but not sure if that makes me look desperate.

Asking for feedback never makes you look desperate. It makes you look like you are concerned about your nursing skills, your career, and the safety of your patients. In nursing it is not about us, it is about our patients. 

JBMmom, MSN, NP

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 10 years experience. 4 Articles; 1,941 Posts

It's very reasonable to follow up and get more information. Were you given any orientation for this per diem position? You could mention that you would be available for, and interested in, additional training. Maybe they thought your previous experience was more applicable to the position. 

beachynurse, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 37 years experience. 243 Posts

8 minutes ago, JBMmom said:

It's very reasonable to follow up and get more information. Were you given any orientation for this per diem position? You could mention that you would be available for, and interested in, additional training. Maybe they thought your previous experience was more applicable to the position. 

Perfect. That's what I was trying to say.

halsey

8 Posts

8 minutes ago, JBMmom said:

It's very reasonable to follow up and get more information. Were you given any orientation for this per diem position? You could mention that you would be available for, and interested in, additional training. Maybe they thought your previous experience was more applicable to the position. 

Only the first few shifts were orientation but not across all areas. On the last shift a nurse asked me to check a day surgery patient in and said the patient might need shaving/clipping. I've never been shown this, don't know exactly which surgeries patient's need to be shaved for and would not feel comfortable just being asked to do it without observing beforehand.

My main question is what is the likelihood of receiving further shifts now after this rejection? I've asked many times that I'm available for extra shifts with no luck. I'm only told I will be called when someone's sick etc.

halsey

8 Posts

Feeling upset and annoyed that I was loyal to this job, and that I gave up a full time job outside of nursing for this job.

halsey

8 Posts

So my manager has chosen not to respond to requests by email for further feedback.

Do I take this as a sign to move on, please help.