New Grad Fired After 2 Weeks - page 2

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a new grad who graduated this summer with my BSN. I was let go from my first nursing job only after 2 weeks. I graduated with honors and had my capstone in a busy Emergency... Read More

  1. by   luv2
    Quote from BonnieLook
    Sounds like Saint Peter's Hospital. You are not the first. They also don't pay for the training.
    Do not name the facility. They are not worth the time. The medical community is very small you will be surprised. I forgot to mention do not put these place on your resume and do not list any of them as refrences.
  2. by   Buddyboi
    Please sue them with details of everything that happened.
  3. by   JKL33
    This unit is in trouble and none of it has anything to do with you.

    The main thing to learn from this experience has to do with red flags when looking for positions. A proposed 5 week orientation in acute care for a new grad is not remotely acceptable.

    The individuals who made proclamations about your future have not displayed any of the ethics required to make an honest or fair judgment.

    I'm sorry this happened.
  4. by   dienw
    The supervising nurse who once called me slow, now that I've established myself as a nurse, describes how I was "very thorough" when I worked with her. She has even offered to help me take the next step in my nursing career and she is genuinely sincere. Yes, I might have killed her with kindness to some degree way back when. Killing someone with kindness is kind of like playing the lottery, sure, it's unlikely, but you can't win if don't play.

    Years ago before nursing, I interviewed with the owner of a company. He was exceptionally rude and told me I would be a terrible employee. Since he was the owner, killing with kindness was pointless. After his rudeness, I thanked him for his candor and excused myself. I truly meant that - I'm so glad I saw his true colors before being hired.
  5. by   MedicRU
    Don't let the circumstances sway you from your path.
    You are and will be a great ED nurse if that's where your heart is.
    Think of it as their loss and not yours. As one door closes another pne opens.
    I worked as a Trauma PCU/ICU nurse and can tell from my experience that Ortho is not a an easy floor.
    Sounds like these Ortho monkey just did not want to train you. Well, they have to then face high attrition rates. I mean who wants to lift a 300-pound patient in skeletal traction?
    Last edit by MedicRU on Apr 18 : Reason: Grammar
  6. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I totally disagree that nurses in ltc need less critical thinking. We have 20 patients to your 5 or 6 and far less ancillary help.
  7. by   Jpawlak4087
    This is one major thing I don't like about nursing. It's a lot of cattiness and a lot of politics. I have seen nurses get fired for nothing simply because they are not friends with management or run off because they aren't part of the click. It's like high school. It's not like that everywhere though you just have to find the right fit.
  8. by   RNEducator8056
    Sometimes we don't know what we get into and that may lead to disappointments.
    Even if it is not a right fit discipline wise, earning might be the real issue.
    Orientation is a not an entitlement. Many organizations, these days cannot afford lengthy orientations. In a dynamic care environment, multitasking and critical thinking go hand-in-hand.
    That said, if one has failed one area, doesn't mean the failure is global.
    I am sure you will succeed, but you may need to change your approach or find a different niche.
    Good luck.
  9. by   Estateboy
    I've been a Paramedic for 20+ years. DON'T MENTION YOUR EMS EXPERIENCE!!!! One hospital thought I wasn't qualified to sweep the floors. I did get hired at two different hospitals but downplayed my EMS experience.
  10. by   bmck97004
    When my daughter was in nursing school, she was told by one of her instructors that she should give up on being an RN - she'd never make it. Now she's a house supervisor in a large urban hospital. Don't give up and don't listen to all of the negatives!
  11. by   rnpatrick
    Dear New Grad,

    That sounds like the employer from hell. All hospitals normally have a process to be supportive to new grads. Five weeks is far short of adequate orientation. Look up standards for orthopedic floors. Perhaps there is a national organization that has recommended practices. Does the hospital have any awards or recognition that requires standards? Are they joint commission? Perhaps there is a resource to consult, there. Sounds like you had no recourse what so ever. No human resources help? Did you keep your orientation packet with hospital policies? Had to have been a violation. Something is very wrong with that hospital. Only gross negligence with patient harm could justify the way you were treated.
  12. by   rnpatrick
    Dear New Grad,

    Here is a good article on recommended standards for nursing orientation.

    Page not found | ARNNL

    Based on this information I think you could report the leadership or hospital to regulators and the state board of nursing under which they practice. The lack of adequate training for new nurses makes for a high risk patient care environment. Not to mention codes of conduct, ethics and nurses bill of rights violated. And evidenced based principles for work environment conductive to safe patient care.

    Perhaps there is a practice director at your state's nursing association. Or the ANA. You can seek an opinion from your board of nursing. You have a duty to report unsafe working conditions per your nurse practice act. You might seek advice of an employment attorney if you have the money.

    John P Kauchick,RN, BSN
  13. by   Hoosier_RN
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    I totally disagree that nurses in ltc need less critical thinking. We have 20 patients to your 5 or 6 and far less ancillary help.
    LTC also generally do not have a MD in house. In a hospital, the ER docs are just a call away. LTC has to think on their feet


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