SummerLPN 361 Views
Joined: Feb 11, '06;
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You did a good thing. I wasn't saying you should not have spoken up, just be careful about your approach. More people should do the same.
PLEASE choose your battles wisely. Speaking up can sometimes get you in a lot of trouble. You may have the instructor(s) on your side in private but you know things can and will do turn around sometimes. The schools and instructors have contracts with the facilities where clinicals are held. The schools officials will do whatever it takes to preserve those contracts. My last 3 months of nursing school were miserable for speaking up. On top of that, one of my instuctors was a close friend of the person who accused me of belittling the facility and the staff in the ER.
This is basically what happened. The night prior to my rotation to the ER, one of my kids arrived there at 8 pm with asthma trouble and a temp of 105. There were a few pt's who trickled in and I wondered why my child wasn't being seen. At 2:45, I told the registrar that I was leaving because I had been there 6 hours and had not been triaged yet; she could see the anger on my face. My child was seen at 3:30 am. They sent 6 staff members and some quality assurance people down to apologize. I refused to file a complaint. I made it home at 4:30am, took a brief nap, got up at 5:10, got my other kids ready to be dropped off at my parents' house and made the 35 minute drive (which took 25 this morning) back to clinicals at this hopsital. One of the male nurses recognized me and I told him I had just left about 2 hrs ago. Hours later, some friends met me in the ER to check on me and go to lunch. They asked me what happened in the confines of a room in the ER, a ladycalled me a "liar" and that no one has ever had a bad experience in HER ER ( I didn't know she was the ER director and wife of one of this facilities "A list doctors"). I told her that as a student nurse we cannot continue this discussion without things getting out of hand because she was one of my superiors. She asked me my name and my child. I told her. She left the room. I didn't know she looked up the information and called male nurse in. She found out the experience was true and the male nurse, who happened to still be there working a double, told the truth. He got fired. She was embarrassed and called one of my instructors, who just happened to be a close person friend of hers, unbeknownst to me of course. They shut down clinicals early. SHe went immediately to the dean of the school and I was told that she acted a fool! I was banned from clinicals and class for a week. They called me in supposedly for a meeting and asked me to write a letter of apology. FOr what? The school said for their sake I should do so to show her that I didn't mean to upset her, like she was some kind of toddler with a temper tantrum. (keep in mind I never said anything bad about the facility and what I DID say was only in the presence of the ER staff) I said I would write a letter but not of apology, which I did. I asked if they were going to kick me out of school or keep punishing me for telling the truth to questions that were being asked. They couldn't say anything. My other instructor replied, "I have gotten to know Summer quite well over the past year. She is honest even if would cost her everything she has worked hard for. If you keep on with this charade, I may as well quit." She also commented on how there were students in face-to-face confrontations with the other instuctors and nurses at the facility prior to this particular incident and no has ever gotten reprimanded in any way and that she wouldn't also allow ME to be anyone's scapegoat. Needless to say, I finished school, passed boards on the first try, and I'm gainfully employed. Of the 6 "pets" (you know those certain chosen few that one instructor has that she shows favoritism to), only ONE (1) has passed boards so far. We graduated at the beginning of May 2005! It is Feb 2006. She was forced to resign in September 2005. Isn't that KARMA!?
GO TO SCHOOL, DO WHAT IS REQUESTED OF YOU. NEVER GIVE YOUR PERSONAL OPINION BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THINGS CAN TURN AROUND ON YOU. IF YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOUR OPINION, MAKE IT AS OBJECTIVE AS POSSIBLE *IF* POSSIBLE. NEVER, EVER DISCUSS YOUR VIEWS ON THE WAY YOU THINK THINGS SHOULD BE DONE WITH THE NURSES AT THE CLINICAL SITE. AND IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO TO "GET AN UNDERSTANDING", PLEASE SAY IT IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION. THERE ARE NO DUMB QUESTIONS. Many of you may not agree with these things but this is what I was advised to do so you do not step on anyone's toes. And they got me out of last little bit of school.
P.S. The nurse who got fired did get his job back.
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