Published Sep 10, 2018
Hi all so I am a new nurse who stupidly took a job on an oncology unit. I was informed today that they released me. I had a feeling it was coming being at I was making mistakes out of nervousness. I was thinking about resigning as well but it hurts so dang much right now to know I was fired. I don't know what to do...
any advise is appreciated. Thank you
Nurse SMS, MSN, RN
Well, we need more info. Why do you say you "stupidly" took the job? What did you get let go for?
So sorry. I can hear your disappointment. Took on more than you could chew?
Its a let down. I had to leave a job in orientation too- I actually had a bona- fide medical reason But - I was on an icy pond. BAD " fit"- still too new of a nurse for what the unit was ---- AND ( OF course )- a gaggle of Mean Girl , cliquey nurses, headed by the Queen Witch of ALL witchy Nurse managers that I have EVER ( to this day !) had the bad luck to ever be exposed to!!
A complete disaster
First, be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to grieve. Second, reflect on your former job. Don't just dwell on all that you messed up. Also reflect on what you did well. What qualities do you have that make you a good nurse? As for the other stuff, it's all stuff you will get better at. Embrace the opportunity to grow and learn from this experience (yeah, I know, I'd still be at the pity party stage too). Third, get back on the horse. Start applying for jobs. Maybe acute care isn't the right fit for you right now. Maybe the unit was toxic and getting fired was the best thing that could have happened. There are many options in nursing, but you don't have to give up on acute care if you don't want to. You can peruse AN and find plenty of stories of people who were let go during orientation and went on to be fantastic nurses. This blip does not define you.
Big hugs and good luck.
JBMmom, MSN, NP
You'll get through, go ahead and be upset and then move on. I was let go during an orientation period about a year and a half ago. I was told I probably didn't have the critical thinking it takes to be an acute care nurse and I should probably stay in my long term care position. Here I am now in critical care, and all is going well. You'll find the environment that's a fit for you! Try not to dwell on this when you do find another job. Approach it with a positive attitude because obviously you care, whatever lead this position to not working out does not have to keep you from moving on.
Although be sure you take an honest look at the whole experience and if there are things that you really need to work on, be honest with yourself, and maybe a potential employer, about where you need to focus efforts in order to be successful. Good luck.
I accepted the first job offered without really taking time to think about it. I only gave myself 2 days and that wasn't enough time. I wasn't making progress and was making mistakes.
HalfBoiled, BSN, RN
I would request some form of feed back so you can grow and learn from any mistakes or habits.
You only gave yourself TWO DAYS as a new nurse??????!!!!am I reading this correctly? Cause that is a ridiculous time frame to expect any sort of competency. Even if you were several months down the road... 2 days in which to address skill or knowledge deficits is still ridiculous.
Grieve, review and fix your attitude towards speed of competency. Then give yourself time to learn!!!!
Jedrnurse, BSN, RN
You only gave yourself TWO DAYS as a new nurse??????!!!!am I reading this correctly? Cause that is a ridiculous time frame to expect any sort of competency. Even if you were several months down the road... 2 days in which to address skill or knowledge deficits is still ridiculous. Grieve, review and fix your attitude towards speed of competency. Then give yourself time to learn!!!!
I interpreted the OP to mean that they only took 2 days to consider the job offer, not 2 days on the job.
I gave myself 2 days to consider the job offer.
Most places aren't going to give a new grad more than two days to respond to a job offer. There are just too many lining up for a shot at acute care. Let go of that one.
Wasn't progressing and making mistakes is still vague. Without knowing what that meant in your case makes it difficult to advise you on how to best frame it to learn from it and move forward.
I am sorry your experience has been discouraging. Hang in there. You will recover from this.
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