Sorry this may be the 1000th post on this topic, but I am new to the site (lurk often) and am in a bit of a bind. I recently started a job at a SNF and I really love my residents and work with some great nurses and CNAs. I'm just worried it's not the right kind of experience.
The rumor mill is out of control, to the point where one employee has spread tons of rumors and, without investigating, management has written up and fired people based solely on this one woman's word. I was reported twice for totally false occurrences and it ruined my reputation, and now the managers and DON have to "keep an eye on" me which really hurts.
They also write people up constantly. If they try to hold one person accountable for something they just pass the buck and so on and so on until they find someone who will just take the blame. Because I'm new I don't want to keep claiming I didn't do anything wrong so I've gotten written up for things other nurses did on other shifts.
I also got put on probation for apparently speaking to a supervisor the wrong way and sharing my opinion (funny, you would think my opinion mattered considering I'm the one looking at the patient). My yearly review was based entirely on my "attitude". Nursing assessment
skills, documentation, resident care or safety... none of that was even MENTIONED. I sat for a half hour and listened to alternative ways to word things to sound "nicer", the examples were kind of ridiculous to be honest. What happened was we had a very sick resident who was unresponsive, and I said I thought she needed to be sent out. My supervisor said she "gets like this sometimes, she's just playing possum" and said the next shift would deal with it. Well she wasn't, eventually I really pushed (respectfully) for her to be sent out and the doctor agreed. My supervisor was furious. I even got a call from the ED doctor asking me how I could let her get so sick without sending her out, I was so embarrassed. Even though I was right and the resident needed to be hospitalized, I was told I should have just listened to my supervisor and not questioned her, I lost my position and my pay went down and now I'm on probation. She has also told me not to write notes and sweeps a lot of things under the rug, had me write false vitals on resident notes etc.
I'm so worried I can't even sleep at night. I'm really in no position to leave my job but I also don't want to get fired or lose my license over some shady happenings at this place. I don't know who to talk to because my supervisor is the problem, and if I go above her to a manager or DON I will get written up for not following the "chain of command", plus she'll just deny it and I'll get written up for complaining about her. You can also get fired for talking to your coworkers about problems you're having. I just don't know who to go to and how to protect myself, or is it a lost cause and should I just leave? Sorry it ended up being so long, thanks to anyone who actually read it all.