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    Thank you for your reply. I will be working at Valley Regional but it is all in the same general area. I was thinking about living in Harlingen for a lower crime rate and it is between McAllen with new stores, etc. and commuting to work in Brownsville with more crime. Did you dislike Harlingen mainly because of a lack of activities? Does my plan seem reasonable?

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    I have been offered a medical floor job at Valley Regional in Brownsville, TX (not to be confused with Valley Baptist also in Brownsville). I have no other offers and am graduating this month from RN school. I have only had 1 phone screen from another hospital and they say that they have many other applicants. I probably am going to take the job due to the economy. Does anyone have any advice on what to watch out for such as patient ratios (they claim 6-7:1 days if they're not lying), office politics, language barrier (I know the patients speak Spanish but can aides, others translate?), etc? This hospital seemed very eager to recruit me although other hospitals mostly ignored me! Also, is it safer to live in Harlingen and commute rather than live in Brownsville?

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    Do not trust the HR person's word for it! Google "job reference checks" or similar and pay a 3rd party (or have a professional-sounding friend like a secretary do it) to call the facility and pretend they're an employer checking you out. You may find that they are attempting to blacklist you. You will never know unless you check! If they are lying then perhaps claim that you never worked there and were caring for sick family members, were ill yourself (mono), etc to cover the employment gap. Be creative and let me know what they are saying.

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    Thanks for all your advice! I finally found out that my appeal to the owners of the LTC facility rejected my appeal of my termination. I was not hopeful and I now see that it was a waste of time. I have started applying for new jobs and now have a new problem. I had a third party call this facility and pump them for a reference for me. I was afraid of being screened out of future jobs because this is my first nursing job. My ex-supervisor dumped on me and said things such as I was good at med passing and needed work on everything else and other items. They talked to the staff development coordinator (HR) who is supposed to give out the references although job applications always say to list the supervisor name and title. The reference checker said that the SDC acted annoyed and gruffly gave my job title and dates of employment and said she wouldn't comment on eligibility for rehire because she is "only required to give title and dates of employment." I listed the SDC on my application for assisted living and will explain that only she can give a reference. I now have to explain to prospective employers. Is it better to lie (say that I quit because I didn't like it, understaffed, etc) and hope that they believe me and my funny reference from the last employer or tell the truth (I was fired because I didn't follow the procedure for contacting doctors exactly) and hope they don't think that I am a screwup who will make another mistake?

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    Thanks for your reply. I did write a nurse's note in the chart knowing that I was in trouble. I wrote that I called the MD "3x" (three times) although I did not enter the times. Also, I noted that I searched the other side's emergency drug kit and notified the nurse on call. I wonder if the state BON really started looking if they would be willing to contact the MD and verify that I left him two voicemails? The MD is fairly pleasant and seems not out to get nurses. Thanks again.

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    I was fired from an Indiana LTC facility when I didn't get a resident their pain medication quickly. The resident had just come back from the hospital (from pneumonia) and had pain from a prior ORIF. In my defense, she was premedicated at 3 pm at the hospital and the new orders said to give a percocet 5/500 Q6H so she could not be medicated again until 9 at the earliest. My shift ends at 1030 and there were no other pain orders! I found out that there is no 5/500 dose (only 5/325) after frantically checking the emergency drug kit on both sides of the building, calling the doctor's cell 3 times and only getting voicemail, and finally calling the nurse on call for advice. The 3rd shift nurse called the doctor again at his home number and he did answer and change the order to 5/325. Usually this doctor can always be contacted via cellphone. The next day I was fired by the DNS for allegedly not following the official procedure for contacting doctors such as one call and then if no callback within 30 minutes, call the medical director, then if no callback within 30 minutes, call the nurse on call. The DNS (who was the NOC that night) even told me that night to try calling a second different doctor who sometimes covers which is against the official procedure for which I was fired. I had been given a final written warning about 3 weeks before with no verbal, 1st, or 2nd written warning. It was for a resident being found by the 3rd shift on a deflated air mattress (which was later repaired after this spontaneously happened to 2 other nurses) and for his g-tube leaking solution. The resident was unharmed.

    All of this is not the end of the world but I just got my license last year and I hope to do an RN transition program and apply for a new RN license. I know that question 5 on the IN license renewal/application asks if you have been fired or reprimanded at any nursing job. This is under penalty of perjury. I posted this on the IN board but it got no reply. Does the board typically renew/grant new licenses if there is a termination for some sort of clinical grounds? I did try to get the medication but I failed and it was given ASAP on 3rd shift. I called the board anonymously but they said that they could not comment without full details (such as my name). MOST IMPORTANTLY, has anyone put a reprimand or termination on a renewal or new application and gotten a new license? Do LTC facilities typically notify the BON if you've been fired other than for drugs/booze, etc? I am also aware of a few deficiencies at that LTC including carelessness by another nurse that caused that ORIF in the first place. These deficiencies are a few months old already but I wonder if I told the dept. of health would that appease the BON that I am trying to do the right thing for residents' care and give me the new license or is this idea crazy? Thanks for any help!

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    I was fired from an Indiana LTC facility when I didn't get a resident their pain medication quickly. The resident had just come back from the hospital (from pneumonia) and had pain from a prior ORIF. In my defense, she was premedicated at 3 pm at the hospital and the new orders said to give a percocet 5/500 Q6H so she could not be medicated again until 9 at the earliest. My shift ends at 1030 and there were no other pain orders! I found out that there is no 5/500 dose (only 5/325) after frantically checking the emergency drug kit on both sides of the building, calling the doctor's cell 3 times and only getting voicemail, and finally calling the nurse on call for advice. The 3rd shift nurse called the doctor again at his home number and he did answer and change the order to 5/325. Usually this doctor can always be contacted via cellphone. The next day I was fired by the DNS for allegedly not following the official procedure for contacting doctors such as one call and then if no callback within 30 minutes, call the medical director, then if no callback within 30 minutes, call the nurse on call. The DNS (who was the NOC that night) even told me that night to try calling a second different doctor who sometimes covers which is against the official procedure for which I was fired. I had been given a final written warning about 3 weeks before with no verbal, 1st, or 2nd written warning. It was for a resident being found by the 3rd shift on a deflated air mattress (which was later repaired after this spontaneously happened to 2 other nurses) and for his g-tube leaking solution. The resident was unharmed.

    All of this is not the end of the world but I just got my license last year and I hope to do an RN transition program and apply for a new RN license. I know that question 5 on the IN license renewal/application asks if you have been fired or reprimanded at any nursing job? This is under penalty of perjury. Does the board typically grant new licenses if there is a termination for some sort of clinical grounds? I did try to get the medication but I failed and it was given ASAP on 3rd shift. I called the board anonymously but they said that they could not comment without full details (such as my name). MOST IMPORTANTLY, has anyone put a reprimand or termination on a renewal or new application and gotten a new license? Do LTC facilities typically notify IN if you've been fired other than for drugs/booze, etc? I am also aware of a few deficiencies at that LTC including carelessness by another nurse that caused that ORIF in the first place. These deficiencies are a few months old already but I wonder if I told the dept. of health would that appease the BON that I am trying to do the right thing for residents' care and give me the new license or is this idea crazy? Thanks for any help.



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