Help! I may get fired! - page 3

I am a new OR nurse (July 2006). Graduated from nursing school 6/06, and am 45 years old. I had a meeting yesterday with our teacher practictioner about their "concerns" with my work and... Read More

  1. by   nurseinlimbo
    I was in the same situation a year ago. I really enjoyed the work, but couldn't stand the environment, people were catty, talked down to newbies (even though we were already RNs and not really new). The surgeons were not as bad as the nurses who had been there for a long time.
    The OR here was very shortstaffed, no one could get days off when they wanted, vacations denied, lots of sick time etc. yet a year later, after all their recruits went through, they are now operating on a full slate of staff and STILL denied 6 staff vacation this summer. I have a friend whose there now and is leaving to return to a LTC job, better hours, friendlier co workers, manager who understands life and family matter.

    I think sometimes the established groups identify something that they don't like about a new hire and then amplify it, reporting everything you say and do as though it's daily. They can quickly poison the well for you and make it very hard to "tough it out". I didn't find it worth it. I've never regretted leaving. I make more $$ due to charge, shift and weekend diffs, and I work alone, with only NAs to worry about. I enjoy my time at work, don't get yelled at and don't feel sick everyday wondering what I might have to do today, or what might go wrong.

    Find something that you enjoy and are good at.
  2. by   passionate
    I cringe when I think of my time on a med/surg floor during school. I had always worked in the OR as a tech and just could not grasp (well I did but, sigh....) that doctor's orders were something to be acknowledged and signed off on. I kept thinking "when will these nurses learn to think critically?" OR nurses just seemed to flow with the needs of the case. An efficient circulator and circulator/scrub team that is in tune is a beautiful thing to experience.
    I agree that a year is a long time to still be having these concerns of yours. You admit that you have these issues, so don't beat yourself up--get on with the business of caring for patients and find an arena that suits you. No one can really define you but you. Dig deep, you know what you need to do--don't let others ever decide that for you.If you want to continue and risk termination you may be devistated and never be able to pick yourself up and go on with the business of patient care if terminated. I don't hear that you are a bad nurse, but rather than you have limitations, like all of us do that make some arenas less doable.
  3. by   passionate
    I am in this situation right now. I am a perioperative nurse "precepting" L&D/PP nurses in circulating of c-sections. I stick out like a zebra in a stable of horses!
  4. by   passionate
    ambulatory surgery IS face-paced for sure; being a professional eavesdropper is so very important!
  5. by   passionate
    I have to share a discussion I had today with a clinical coordinator of an OR who in the past was an interim coordinator of an OB dept. When she stepped into the OB arena she was bombarded by nurses and doctors that nurse "doe" was not appropriate, too pushy and direct--not a good fit at all. After 8 months as the coordinator of OB she relinquished that to return FT to be the OR mgr. I asked what happened to the "problematic" RN in OB. She said she had recruited her for the OR. So, not everyone is suited to a certain arena although they are suited to nursing.