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ALMB ALMB, LPN (New) New

Specializes in LPN. Has 9 years experience.

I was hired for Infection Preventionist/Quality Insurance at the beginning of March, in which I have no prior experience. I did my certifications and basic employment orientation for approximately weeks.I've requested information needed to perform my job, as policy and procedures, infection control forms, state surveys, QA forms. I have not been given formal training in the postion. Nor had I been given the forms requested.  

I was told by my administrator to make up policies and procedures and QA forms myself.  I requested information from the DON on infection control,  but was told by her that it's her "baby". I've been given other tasks to do besides my job description.  

A week ago I was told by my administrator that they were going to hire an RN to do Infection Preventionist role because I would have too much to do as QAI. Later that night I found out both my positions were posted on indeed job site. 

I requested from the corporate nurse QA information last week and was emailed back to worry about infection control at this time. I informed her that the administrator decided to hire an RN for that role, in which she was unaware of. Later that week my postion was pulled from indeed.

I went back on indeed tonight and the job was posted again 3 days ago.

I have prior experience, not been given formal training, do not have access to information needed to perform my duties, and I have not been written up.

In the mean time, the Administrator and DON told me they had bigger fish to fry, such as missing documentation that agency nurses weren't doing. I was instructed to fill in such documents for compliance. They told me which ones to do and how to go in and complete them. They had me even go in and complete documents that were prior my hire date.  After 2 weeks of doing as I was instructed by my superiors,  I felt an impending dome.  I started researching what I was doing and how illegal it is. 

State was in the building today and I confessed all before they had knowledge of it. I probably lost my license, my job(which at this point they can have) and I've been having massive panic attacks all day. It never crossed my mind how bad of a situation I got myself into, all I was concerned about the past few weeks was losing my job that I was never qualified or trained to do.  

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

Appears the powers that be knew the State was after them and developed your position to blow a smoke screen. " I was instructed to fill in such documents for compliance. " Biggest red flag of all...you cannot chart what you did not see or do.

You only held the position for one month, you were honest with the state.

Can't lose your license over honesty. Deep breaths, quit that scapegoat job and move on. Leave it off your resume.

Best wishes.

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

1 hour ago, ALMB said:

....State was in the building today and I confessed all before they had knowledge of it. I probably lost my license, my job(which at this point they can have) and I've been having massive panic attacks all day. It never crossed my mind how bad of a situation I got myself into, all I was concerned about the past few weeks was losing my job that I was never qualified or trained to do.  

What a nightmare scenario. I applaud you having the guts to stand in front of those inspectors and tell them what was going on.  ((virtual hugs sent)) 

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Good for you for telling them what was happening. Wishing you a much better future job.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

This is why many, myself included, leave LTC 

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

6 hours ago, Hoosier_RN said:

This is why many, myself included, leave LTC 

Yep I did.

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

On 4/7/2021 at 4:39 PM, SmilingBluEyes said:

Yep I did.

Me three.

Yikes! I had no idea this went on in LTC!