Dear Nurse Beth,
I am on a 3 year probation for not charting correctly and not following doctors' orders with regards to how often to give pain meds - I have fulfilled all my online requirements within the first month so I can concentrate on finding a job. (I need 6 months of work to fulfill probation requirements). I have been offered a job in home health hospice (still waiting for BON approval) which is fantastic - but it will pay less than half of the wage I have been earning for the past 15 years Should I take it or wait for something else that pays a little better? I could never take this job and then leave if something better came up as I would feel bad for this employer who is taking a chance on me...thank you for any advice!
Dear On Probation,
It can be difficult to find a job while you're on probation. Many employers do not want to take on the extra paperwork. Your main concern now needs to be landing a job over higher wages.
Given that you failed to follow doctors' orders with regards to frequency of pain meds, it's surprising that you would be offered a job in hospice, and that the BON would approve it. If you do get the job, congrats, and be very careful.
You will be giving pain meds working as a home health hospice nurse, which will give you opportunity to make the same mistakes that led to your probation. Follow the doctor's orders to the letter- anything else is practicing medicine. Document completely, and be diligent.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!