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    Performance improvement plan woes

    That's my point. The goals aren't specific. It's vague, like work on critical thinking and decision making. The person guiding me is treating it like an orientation, but also reporting back to the manager. I asked about what happens after the two weeks and was told we'd have to wait and see how I do over these two weeks. Doesn't exactly give me a warm feeling of job security.
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    Feeling discouraged

    Yes, I have six and a half years contract with the nursing home. I have a former classmate who had the same contract, but got another job somewhere else who paid off the contract.
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    Feeling discouraged

    We also have a med aide, but this person isn't a nurse so I'm responsible for that person in the same way I am for the CNA's. Why we can't have another nurse rather than a CMA is beyond me. Would be so much better. I guess it's cheaper to have a CMA rather than another nurse.
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    Feeling discouraged

    To be fair, I usually have 5 CNAs to help me and most of the residents don't require my constant attention, but nevertheless I am responsible for 35+ residents. I do feel that I have been treated unfairly in that another co-worker of mine received 20 additional orientation days for the night shift because that was the shift she would be working on top of the four weeks we both received and she was not on a "written warning" probation, but rather just the usual 90-day probation that everyone is on when starting a job. I have worked night and evening and now will be just on evenings, but I didn't get additional orientation until they decided I wasn't performing up to par. The thing about applying to other jobs is that I live in a small town and the nearest other hospital to me is 45 miles, but that hospital has had problems. Otherwise, I'd have to travel 75 miles. And I'm under a 6 1/2 year contract because they paid for my schooling. I thought it would be a 5 year contract, but the cost ended up being more than originally told to me. I didn't think that was fair either.
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    Performance improvement plan woes

    I want to know if this is the correct way to evaluate a new nurse. I have been a nurse for almost 4 months and was put on a performance improvement plan because of med errors and according to my supervisor "not performing at the level of the other nurses on the unit." While she has told me a handful of specific things I have done wrong, when I ask her for tangible goals to work on, she says that nursing is,not black and white, that she can't just check off a list of goals to determine whether I've improved or not. For example, I have to work on critical thinking but she can't tell me how to do this. It's like she's saying improve in these areas, but we can't tell you specifics on how to improve, but you need to improve. How do I know if I'm improving when the so called performance improvement plan is so vague? I came up with goals on my own and at first she was impressed with them but then later says that it's not that black and white. Feel like I'm at the whim of her subjective feelings about my performance as a nurse. I realize that some things can't be measured, but still, this doesn't seem right to me. Am I wrong? And she said I am performing at the bottom compared to the other nurses. But, that would make since since the others on the unit except for one have 2 or more years,experience in the area I work in. The other has 7 months.
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    Feeling discouraged

    Hello, I work in a LTC facility and am in charge of 35-40 residents, which is my first job as a nurse. I have been off orientation for 2 1/2 months and last week found out that I am on a 2-week probation where another nurse has to follow me. The terms of the probation are that I have to improve in documentation, critical thinking, decision making and staff supervision. I have made five med errors since I started. Two were before I started orientation when I was asked to work as the med aide. My supervisor says that this was a training issue. Another was because I didn't write the order fast enough so the med aide gave a resident aspirin that should have been on hold. Another was when I answered an alarm and was interrupted in dispensing a resident's meds and still another was when a resident wanted something for pain and there wasn't anything to give her according to her eMAR, so I asked another nurse and she said "she gets a hydro." This nurse worked exclusively on this unit ans was very experienced. So, I gave this since the med card was still in the cart. I'm not making excuses for these med errors, just some background. Then a few weeks ago, I found out that me and three other nurses were reported anonymously to the BON for med errors in which the complainant said I had 18 med errors, which is false. My supervisor also thinks this claim is bogus. I know I need to improve in certain areas, but I'm feeling like I didn't get the training that some other nurses have gotten. One nurse who works a different shift was told that since she will be working that shift exclusively, she was given almost a month of orientation on just that shift. I will be working evenings and got 5 days of orientation. My supervisor says that "you don't know what you don't know", but at the same time says "we can't teach you everything." I didn't think I was doing a bad job other than the med errors until I was put on probation. I thought that I would have time to grow and develop in my role. Anyway, has anyone else felt discouraged early in their nursing career? And if so, what did you do about it? I sometimes feel like I want to get into my car and just drive far, far away from nursing and never look back! It was only after I was having problems that my supervisor gave me a mentor (just someone that I could ask questions to, but nothing like formal meetings or formal training) and told me that we have a training computer program. Anyway, I plan on writing down concrete goals and then keeping track of what I do each shift that shows I am developing in the areas I need to improve in.
  7. I've been a nurse for about three months now, two months out of orientation. Last week I had a meeting with my DON that has left me rattled. While I don't think she meant to demoralize me (and really compared to some posts I've read, I work at a great place with very helpful people), and the areas she brought up that I need to improve upon are valid, here is what I wish I had had the courage to say to her and hope that other supervisors, experienced nurses and new nurses who are struggling can find insight and courage from it: "I understand that there are some mistakes that can't be made due to the seriousness of them. But, I feel like I am expected to perform as though I had years of experience as a nurse. And that's not fair. I need to know that I can have room to grow and develop, that there are certain things that take time to grow into, that only come with time and experience. I'm doing the best that I can and will try every shift to improve in those areas that I am deficient in. But, I can't do more than my best. Of course it's only natural for a new nurse to hear about those things that she/he is doing wrong and I thank you for pointing them out, because that's how one learns and develops. But, a new nurse also needs to hear about those things she/he is doing right. A little encouragement can go a long way! Otherwise, she/he is bound to feel like no matter how hard she/he tries, it won't matter, that it won't be enough and then she'll be another nurse who quit what could have been a great career."
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    Women's Right to Choose

    So what circumstances would your mother have had to have for it to be ok for her to have aborted you. It's easy to pick and choose who deserves to be born and who doesn't by the ones who have already been born. Since all on this forum have taken biology and anatomy, they know that when it comes to a pregnant woman (or teenager), there are two bodies involved. And by the way, the 12 year old rape victim is such a small percentage of abortions that it is hardly worth discussing when it comes to abortion. The majority of abortions are from middle class to upper class women. Besides, why should someone have to be killed just because his or her father acted like an *** towards his or her mother. It's the rapist that needs punishing, not his child. I've heard that women who have been raped and then have an abortion say that the abortion was much worse. that's because it is not in our nature to kill our unborn children. You can call it whatever you'd like, but it's murder of the most innocent and helpless of human life. A wise man once said, "Isn't it interesting how those that are for abortion have already been born?"
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    Secretly breaking contract

    Except that my classmate has involved me because she has asked me to keep this all a secret. And because she is stringing the hospital along they can't hire someone to fill her spot. If it was all above board (ethical, I'm not talking legality) than she wouldn't have to be so sneaky about it.
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    Secretly breaking contract

    Hello, I would like this blog member's opinion. One of my classmates, like me, signed a 5 year contract to work at the hospital that is paying for our nursing education. Now my classmate is going to break her contract because she wants to work in a bigger hospital, However, she is not telling the administration at our hospital until she has the money to pay back the contract. I think this is dishonest. What does everyone else think?
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