Might be getting fired tomorrow

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by camci camci Member

I'm a 22 year old male whose been a CNA for a little over a year. I've been at my current nursing home facility for 4 months now and I love it so much I want to continue working there after I get my LVN. I know every resident backwards and forwards and nobody has ever complained about my hall during shift changes, I'm just a good CNA.

All my nurses love working with me and some of my CNA coworkers will fight to work with me because they know I'm fair and I always make sure everyone has an even load on the hall. If they pick up one of my residents because I was busy, I pick up one of their residents.

Recently I had a semi-no call no show. I called in saying I'd be late because my babysitter hadn't showed up yet and I couldn't get ahold of her. My babysitter is my mother in law, she finally got ahold of me saying my baby's mother tried to commit suicide and is in the hospital. I was so distraught I didn't call the facility back telling them I was late. I did however go back to work as soon as my rotation started back and told them what happened and that she was now in a mental hospital. They really got on to me for not communicating and told me how difficult it is for the facility to work short. They gave me a written warning.

A couple weeks later I worked 2pm-6am and didn't wake up until 15 minutes after my shift started. I raced over there, clocked in, and sneaked onto my hall. They told me they were fine because they were full-staffed before I got there and someone might even have to go home. However the ADON saw I was late and blew a gasket. She told me I already had a warning for not communicated and I'm now suspended without pay until further notice.

My supervisor and nurses were all upset, they don't want to lose me because they say I'm one of the very few good CNA's that come through the door and other people who are late never get in trouble. It's in corporate hands now whether to keep me, and they'll base their decision not on my work as a CNA but on my time sheets. My supervisor wrote them a letter telling them what a good CNA I am, but she still told me it would be best to start looking for another job, you all know how corporate is :/

I guess my question is, will it be easy to find another job with a termination on my record? My supervisor told me they wont tell them I was fired, they just give them the dates I was employed. I'm still not convinced though.

Jlsmithh

Jlsmithh

26 Posts

Thats horrible,Sounds like you are an amazing CNA! I havent ever been terminated so im really not sure if they can tell or not...Hope all works out for you!

joonil.choe

joonil.choe

17 Posts

Write them a letter explaining your situation (the corporate). Try to show that this was temporary and you will be back in business soon.

I'm sorry you are going through tough times, try to keep your head up! Just tell yourself that your a good person in addition to your positive attitude at work. Depression can be challenging, but just keep your self-esteem up and look at the glass half full.

If worst to worst happens, it isn't the end of the world. There is always a place for you and there is always a way through things.

Keep us posted, I wish you the very best.

canigraduate

canigraduate

3 Articles; 2,107 Posts

Unfortunately, you really did have a breakdown in your communication both times. It would have been best to contact your facility immediately both times, instead of just showing up. Your ADON is probably super angry and is influencing corporate's view of what happened. However, according to your facility's policy, you should be able to speak to the corporate people. You can try contacting them directly to make an appointment to speak with whoever is handling your case. Or, you can write a letter stating your side of things. If you want to keep this job, that is what I would suggest you do.

But, if you feel like you've burned your bridges there, it won't be hard to find another CNA job, especially since you have experience. You just have to be upfront with whoever hires you about your termination. Tell them what happened and that you have learned to communicate with your supervisor immediately when you are not able to be at work on time. As long as you HAVE learned that!!

In the future, remember that the company is not interested in you, but what you do for THEM.

I hope this helped!

jjic3982

jjic3982

146 Posts

Unfortunately, you really did have a breakdown in your communication both times. It would have been best to contact your facility immediately both times, instead of just showing up. Your ADON is probably super angry and is influencing corporate's view of what happened. However, according to your facility's policy, you should be able to speak to the corporate people. You can try contacting them directly to make an appointment to speak with whoever is handling your case. Or, you can write a letter stating your side of things. If you want to keep this job, that is what I would suggest you do.

But, if you feel like you've burned your bridges there, it won't be hard to find another CNA job, especially since you have experience. You just have to be upfront with whoever hires you about your termination. Tell them what happened and that you have learned to communicate with your supervisor immediately when you are not able to be at work on time. As long as you HAVE learned that!!

In the future, remember that the company is not interested in you, but what you do for THEM.

I hope this helped!

I agree.

merlee

merlee

Has 36 years experience. 1,246 Posts

I wish you all the best.

When asked, they will give the dates you worked, and whether or not you are eligible for rehire. So they won't say you have been fired, just that they won't hire you back.

And I'm not sure what you mean by 'as soon as my rotation started back'. So you missed an entire shift, or days or weeks?

Take care!

AJ_427

AJ_427

Has 2 years experience. 44 Posts

Well, 90% of the aides at my facility would get fired if we had the same bosses as you lol (VERY few people come on time and it's a pain to wait for them as they are my relief).

But I think you will be fine. How are the aides at your facility with being on time? IF some are late regularly and they are still working there then they may be trying to just get rid of you. If that's the case then I would just quit since it's not worth working and stressing over that you may get fired over stupid errors. Usually facilities have policies regarding tardiness and call-offs. For example, you are late once and you get a verbal warning. You are late twice and you get a written warning. You are late for the third time in a row and you get fired.

I don't see a problem with you getting another job if you get fired. You have experience. You seem to have good coworkers that will probably be willing to give you their phone numbers as references. Plus, you can always explain what happened.

camci

camci

36 Posts

Good news, I didn't get fired! Just a 2 weeks suspension, whew.

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

The only way to find out is to look for a job. It is generally not as easy to get a job, even a CNA job, these days as it used to be. You should learn from this, whether you keep your present job or not. The good employee often gets the rough end of the stick while the lousy employee goes on and on with no need to change behavior.

tree73

tree73

6 Posts

if they do fire you, do not put them down for a reference. especially if you have not been there that long. anyway why would you want to put yourself under that type of pressure who needs it. I worked at a facility where I witness a can who yelled/being rude to a resident I reported it to the nurse and that was the end of that or so I thought, the can was fired for something else, and I was questioned about her work and I brought up what she did and that I reported it to a nurse a few weeks earlier and was told it was never reported by the nurse. I had to write out a statement what happened even though I reported it to the nurse in charge three weeks earlier, and I was told by not reporting it in a timely manner to the ABUSE/NEGLECT CORDINATOR, I could get in trouble. I said really??? are you kidding me??? I did report it to the nurse yet she failed to report it. meaning even though I reported it to her I had to go over her head and report it again to this abuse/coordinator. really???? and I was told I may be reported for failing to report the abuse to the correct chain of command even though I did report it to the nurse who did nothing. some how I became the bad guy. for a period of a week I was walking on egg shells, and I was not charged with anything thank god, why should I??? never figured that one out and we had a meeting and the topic was reporting abuse/neglect to the right person. and everyone of course looked at me.

I felt funny, I felt I was afraid to do anything. walking on eggshells and I said I am tired of this and I quit. I should of quit a lot sooner but do not let a job make you feel like this. maybe you need a break from being a nurse aide it does mean never be one but this job can burn you out so quickly. you have to find the place that is right for you.

sakiohma

sakiohma

63 Posts

Wow, if I and 98% of the people I work with worked where you work, we'd all be fired @_____@ You are,a great CNA and they should realize that.

Philly_LPN_Girl, LPN

Has 5 years experience. 718 Posts

I am glad that you didnt get fired. Just let this be a lesson to you to communicate a lot more and better.