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OMG I just got fired...what now?

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by NurseSarah86 NurseSarah86 (New) New

Specializes in Geriatric. Has 5 years experience.

Wow, I'm trying to type through tears right now & just got done trying not to hyperventilate from this. Here's how it went...I quit a LTC/Skilled facility a couple weeks ago to be at this job..an oral surgeon's office. The LTC facility was sooo stressful for me...being charge nurse fresh out of school and taking care of 45 residents by myself....Anyway the nurse that decided to hire me told me today at the end of the day in one of the x ray rooms that her and the doctors came to a decision to let me go d/t not learning the job quick enough...and its only been 2 weeks for me there!! There's a 4 week training period... And she lied, because when I grabbed my purse and stormed out of the place the doctors asked where I was going, and I said What you didnt know? I got fired!!! I asked her why did you hire me if you knew that I have no oral surgery or hygienist experience and hardly any nursing experience?? I know I'm a fairly quick learner but like most people I get nervous when I'm starting a new job. I think that is the shadiest any manager has ever treated me before. I've only been an LPN since march, and already I've been fired twice. Once as a GPN and today. I feel like giving up nursing forever, I've never been treated this way at any previous job, getting fired for what seems like no reason whatsoever..I know I'm a good nurse and a caring person, I take care of my pts to the best of my ability. So I don't know how I deserved this?! I would have never quit the nursing home if I knew this was gonna happen. I feel dumbstruck right now...I got along with everyone there including the doctors... Well..thanks for reading my vent. :trout:

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

Girl, what a mess. I am so sorry this has happened. But it is not the norm and don't back out of nursing. You are the most vulnerable now because you are still a newbie. Hugs to you!

Wow, I'm trying to type through tears right now & just got done trying not to hyperventilate from this. Here's how it went...I quit a LTC/Skilled facility a couple weeks ago to be at this job..an oral surgeon's office. The LTC facility was sooo stressful for me...being charge nurse fresh out of school and taking care of 45 residents by myself....Anyway the nurse that decided to hire me told me today at the end of the day in one of the x ray rooms that her and the doctors came to a decision to let me go d/t not learning the job quick enough...and its only been 2 weeks for me there!! There's a 4 week training period... And she lied, because when I grabbed my purse and stormed out of the place the doctors asked where I was going, and I said What you didnt know? I got fired!!! I asked her why did you hire me if you knew that I have no oral surgery or hygienist experience and hardly any nursing experience?? I know I'm a fairly quick learner but like most people I get nervous when I'm starting a new job. I think that is the shadiest any manager has ever treated me before. I've only been an LPN since march, and already I've been fired twice. Once as a GPN and today. I feel like giving up nursing forever, I've never been treated this way at any previous job, getting fired for what seems like no reason whatsoever..I know I'm a good nurse and a caring person, I take care of my pts to the best of my ability. So I don't know how I deserved this?! I would have never quit the nursing home if I knew this was gonna happen. I feel dumbstruck right now...I got along with everyone there including the doctors... Well..thanks for reading my vent. :trout:

I am sorry you are going through this. One thing I would like to say is that I would be CONCERNED about a facility that makes a new grad a "Charge nurse." I honestly don't know if I have heard anything that strikes me so "foolish" on the facilities side. Students, like myself, are learning and growing especially the first few years after school. I would NEVER accept such responsibilities just after graduating. As far as the other job goes, I don't think I would want to work in a place that expects someone to know ALL the ins and outs in only 4 weeks..... Maybe you should talk to someone else in the nursing area you are in and get some advice about better facilities for you to work in.

GOOD LUCK.

FireStarterRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele. Has 15 years experience.

What a ruthless thing to do to a young LPN. I'm so sorry. You were done wrong.

You have your whole life ahead of you, you're only 21, and you already are a nurse! You'll find another job soon, I'm sure you are a wonderful, caring, intelligent person with a great future.

I think that I am seeing more firings than I have ever seen before in nursing. I don't think managment is ready for the generation Y nurse that expects to be treated with respect. Nursing still has a lot of aspects of it's 19th century beginnings weighing it down. I don't know what these people that expect subservence are going to do with all these young people that never heard the word. What I am saying is that the problem may not lie with you.

ZooMommyRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, ER, Peds ER-CPEN. Has 13 years experience.

*HUGS* and don't give up!!! I know the town you are in well and I'm sure there are is the right fit for you out there still, you just haven't found it yet, keep your head up and don't quit looking :icon_hug:

MzMouse

Specializes in LTC, office. Has 19 years experience.

What a terrible way to treat a new employee! How could they feel they could judge after 2 weeks?

Don't give up. (((hugs)))

this is a learning experience

sit back and decide what you are going to do

you really need some good orientation at a facility that is going to treat you like a new grad

i think that many nurses will tell you that they were a nurse for close to a year before they really feel comfortable

chin up . yo will be a wonderful nurse

Anjann, RN

Specializes in M/S/Ortho/Bari/ED.

I think you hit that nail right on the head. It's definitely a respect issue many times...

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

One of the things I am noticing is that nursing today is nothing like nursing from the past. It seemed to be that years ago, the schools really focused more on skills and clinicals were longer and more productive. Now, clinicals are just one day a week, just for a few hours and maybe one or two patients. This is not the real world.

I remember when I went to school to become an LPN, I was always in conflict with our director of the program because she did not emphasize in pharmacology, which is the majority of the LPN's job these days. This woman used to come to class late, or have another instructor just show us films and do worksheets where we could not discover the answers to the questions she asked. I graduated from school still not knowing drugs very well and had to take a seperate review course in pharmacology in order to pass the boards. In fact, after that first semester of pharmacology, they never discussed drugs much again, much to my dismay.

I remember many nurses from 'the old school' that told me stories of having two weeks of clinicals and then two weeks of class study. This made more sense to me, because they had more hands on. Now, when these students graduate, they look at us like fools for not knowing basic things...but whose fault is it really?? I had to take a great deal of initiative to make it this far in nursing, but I can honestly say that my so-called success was not from my school. A shame.

I hope that you discover the job that will accomodate you and to respect the fact that you are new and learning. Good luck.

CaLLaCoDe, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology, Oncology, Medsurge.

I feel your pain. I am sure it had nothing to do with you. I am a slow learner; two weeks are not enough time to learn the ropes. Unfortunately employers can often do more harm with a quick release than good. I wish you all the best. You deserve better treatment. I too have experienced the same harsh treatment but not in nursing thank God! I am glad you are able to cry, to wash away the bitterness and keep it at bay, away from the center of your heart. You deserve the very best. Remember you trained to be the best nurse you can be. Keep your chin up and move on for better. It exists, trust me.

NurseSarah86

Specializes in Geriatric. Has 5 years experience.

Okay, so I understand its a respect for your elders type of world in nursing...which comes really easy for me. I have immense respect for older, more seasoned nurses because most are good teachers to young and/or newer nurses like myself. But regardless of my age I feel its extremely unfair what happened to me today. I mean I even sacrificed a high stress/higher paying nursing home job and benefits for this one because I want surgery experience. I feel like I took a huge gamble and lost...And I just wonder...What gives her the right to lie and say she talked it over with the doctors to make the decision to let me go today when the doctors that actually hired me didn't have a clue I've been "let go" when I stormed out the door? They both asked me "Where are you going???" with confused looks on their faces. I just wonder how did she get the final say in firing me...I thought doctors run the office and they should have the final say in hiring/firing decisions?????????? :banghead:

Okay, so I understand its a respect for your elders type of world in nursing...which comes really easy for me. I have immense respect for older, more seasoned nurses because most are good teachers to young and/or newer nurses like myself. But regardless of my age I feel its extremely unfair what happened to me today. I mean I even sacrificed a high stress/higher paying nursing home job and benefits for this one because I want surgery experience. I feel like I took a huge gamble and lost...And I just wonder...What gives her the right to lie and say she talked it over with the doctors to make the decision to let me go today when the doctors that actually hired me didn't have a clue I've been "let go" when I stormed out the door? They both asked me "Where are you going???" with confused looks on their faces. I just wonder how did she get the final say in firing me...I thought doctors run the office and they should have the final say in hiring/firing decisions?????????? :banghead:

sarah, the respect mentioned earlier, was that your generation expected to be treated with such, not slamming you for not showing any, (just in case that is what you thought), frankly, if you can get up the courage, i would go ask the docs point blank what happened...good luck

1. The nurse fired you? Not the doc?

2. You believe she lied about it being a joint decision by the doc and herself.

3. You stormed out.

Not to be critical but if you thought there was a lie afoot, why get furious and storm out instead of going to the doctor to clarify. Who is really the boss there? That is, who is sleeping with whom? Ahem, pardon my indelicacy, just that, so often, it seems that that enters into these situations. But leave that out, of course, when you calm down and go back to calmly discuss this whole thing.

If you want to just leave it alone and move on, learn this:

Don't mention either job if you've only been out of school since March. You took time off to rest. right?

Once you are on a new job, get daily feedback, if need be, on how you're doing. Do not accept a Charge position, although it might be hard to find anything else, as that's how these facilities tend to do. Maybe you can work a shift when there is, at least, an RN in the building and you are not the only licensed nurse.

Rome wasn't built in a day. You are not going to last if you try to correct every problem at once. Take on bite-size goals. And master your own skills before you try to change anything.

Lead by example. Model good sense and maturity and kindness.

Silence is golden. Be patient, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut (I mean it. No gossip, no sharing of personal business, no complaining about anyone else. NONE).

Try to figure out what went wrong and avoid doing it again - if, indeed, it was anything on your part. Might have been impatience on the part of the dentist's nurse (is she an actual nurse?) or jealousy or who-knows-what? What was the trouble on the first job?

Best wishes to you.

File for unemployment if you are eligible. Go online in your state and check it out.

Don't give up. Think carefully about where you will apply for a new job. Maybe somebody from the area who uses this site can make some recommendations. If you are in contact with any of your former classmates maybe one of them can help you get hired where they are working.

I would try to contact one or more of the doctors directly and speak to him concerning what happened. At least you could get the straight story to him, or from him. Try to contact the doctor who is the head of that practice. Maybe he can help curtail bad references. You never know what people are willing to do until you ask.

Sarah,

I am very sorry you have gotten treated so badly. It sounds like you were dumped on at both jobs.

A new grad should never be expected to be charge. It takes a little time to get your routine down and to be able to find a safe and comfortable way to work. I hate to guess about this second job, but since you made it clear you were a new nurse with little experience, it sounds to me like they put you into a spot until a more experienced body came through the door. It happens to everyone.

Please do not give up on nursing, it will take awhile, but you will find a nitch. Good luck and blessings.

nyapa, RN

Specializes in Jack of all trades, and still learning.

And I just wonder...What gives her the right to lie and say she talked it over with the doctors to make the decision to let me go today when the doctors that actually hired me didn't have a clue I've been "let go" when I stormed out the door? They both asked me "Where are you going???" with confused looks on their faces. I just wonder how did she get the final say in firing me...I thought doctors run the office and they should have the final say in hiring/firing decisions?????????? :banghead:

Interesting point. Is there some way you can put in a complaint about her behaviour with the doctors?

Angel, you have had a terrible start to nursing. You have the right to learn. Both times ppl have expected too much of you. I have nearly finished my grad year; I would have been a blubbering mess if this happened to me. It must be so hard to pick yourself up. Is there some way you can have a break for a few weeks, before you look again? I daresay that as a new nurse there are financial constraints, but it would be really good I think if you could...

(((((Hugs))))))

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