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joansmith1 has 7 years experience.

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    Fired (Wrongfully?) And It Hurts

    I'm an experienced RN and was fired from a new nursing job. It was not due to any misconduct or patient care issues. I was shocked when it happened. The way it went down was upsetting. Later I started thinking about things and realized it wasn't justified. I think some of my former co-workers set the wheels in motion and this is the end result. The issue at hand was greatly exaggerated and not told in context. I was never spoken to about this issue nor asked for my side of things. I was so upset that I just accepted the news and walked out; didn't even try to argue or defend myself. I'm so hurt by this entire experience. I'm hurt that fellow RN's would take steps that affected my ability to earn a living and my professional life. I'm so disappointed in my supervisor for not defending me to my manager. I'm so disappointed in how my manager made untrue statements that I wasn't given the chance to defend. I don't understand why I wasn't given the chance to transfer elsewhere in the organization. The unfairness of how I was treated is hard to swallow. It's hard not to take personally. I realized that nursing is rife with unfairness but I think I'm naive in that I expect things like this handled in a professional and respectful way and it wasn't. Needless to say my confidence is non-existent. I have no idea how I'm going to put myself out there and find a new job feeling like this.
  2. I'm a PRN RN and haven't worked in over two months d/t COVID. My supervisor has informed me I can sign up for some shifts since things are slowly picking up. I would have to wear a mask for my entire 12-hour shift. No idea how long my hospital will require mandatory masks. I cannot tolerate a mask for more than a minute or two before I'm very SOB. This level of intolerance for masks is fairly new. I have no known respiratory issues but have a hx of arrhythmia and very worried about triggering that. So as of now I cannot physically work 12-hours with a mask on. I will have to speak to my sup about this issue despite not wanting to discuss my private medical hx with her. If it comes down to it, should I quit or let them terminate me? If I quit, I'm worried that would mess with the unemployment I'm able to receive right now. If I let them terminate me, how will a termination affect my future jobs? I've never been let go from an RN job and have always had been in good standing with previous employers. Thanks for all feedback.
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    Help with leaving a per diem job

    I have a very new per diem job that isn't what I wanted nor expected. I've found another perm job within the organization that I want to apply for however I would have to inform my manager (per policy). How bad is it to want to change jobs so quickly (one month)?? I don't know how this would be perceived. Would the manager/organization view it as better to salvage the time and money training me by having me move elsewhere? Or would I be perceived badly for wanting to change so quickly? I don't want to make waves by t´╗┐elling my new manager that I don't like the position and it wasn't what I was told it would be. I'd rather just exit gracefully.
  4. I have a very new per diem job that isn't what I wanted nor expected. I've found another perm job within the organization that I want to apply for however I would have to inform my manager (per policy). How bad is it to want to change jobs so quickly (one month)?? I don't know how this would be perceived. Would the manager/organization view it as better to salvage the time and money training me by having me move elsewhere? Or would I be perceived badly for wanting to change so quickly? I don't want to make waves by telling my new manager that I don't like the position and it wasn't what I was told it would be. I'd rather just exit gracefully.
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    What's it like to be an RN in California?

    I worked in healthcare in CA before I was an RN. In another state now. In general, RN's in CA have better working conditions because of the ratios and mandated breaks/lunches. However, it is my understanding that some employers shortchange their units on CNA's because of this. So while you may have a smaller patient load, you may be responsible for more patient care tasks. So ask about CNA staffing on your unit. Some hospitals are union, some are not. In general, the pay in CA is better because the cost of living is higher (as are CA state taxes).
  6. Been an RN for about 8 years. Recently changed jobs going from one major hospital system in my city to another major hospital system (tele/obs floor on both). Every single thing in the new hospital is different...the charting, the equipment, the physical environment, workflow, absolutely everything. The charting is 100x more detailed and complicated. I feel like a new RN rather than someone who is experienced. The turnover, pace, and patient load is more than I'm used to. They have a million protocols, pathways, and processes that I've never experienced. To say I feel stupid is an understatement. I feel like I'm utterly out of my league here. I have no idea what's going on with any of my patients because the pace is so great that once you get report, you are running non-stop for at least the first 8 hours and have no time to read or retain anything. On top of that I feel my orientation hasn't been managed properly, my main preceptor makes me feel dumb, and my stress and frustration is becoming evident which makes me look bad. At this point I have no idea how I will ever learn all this. I just don't think I'm good enough for this place. I feel my previous experience hasn't prepared me enough for this yet I'm an experienced RN so there is an expectation that I know what I'm doing. If you've experienced similar, how did you cope/adjust/bring yourself up to speed??
  7. I'm applying for nursing jobs and barely being called even though I meet all their stated qualifications, and then some. I'm a PCU RN with a good work history at a major healthcare organization, have a BSN, I have a national certification in my field. I was a preceptor, committee member, etc. My resume is great with no grammatical issues. I quit my last job to explore other opportunities and I was a great employee who left in good standing. I'm at a loss as to what I can do differently. I've also noticed that a lot of my apps are "pending hiring team review" yet nothing ever happens with them. One concern is that I left my last job in December and haven't worked since. I took some time off to travel and help out some family members with various things. I'm sure the gap on my resume may be concerning for some but plenty of people take time off for a variety of reasons right? Any insight/suggestions/ideas as to what I can do differently when applying for these positions?
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    New grad dealing with mixed feelings not sure what to do

    What you are feeling is normal. The 'new grad' phase lasts a full year. You are going to be scared and unsure until then :) Take a deep breath and be happy for yourself that you landed such a great job to start with. This type of job is exactly how you should start your RN career. It will teach you so much...you are learning all your skills, time management, patient interaction. Every minute at this job is creating an important foundation for you to be able to move on to your next step when the time comes. AND one more thing...make sure you take care of yourself on your days off. Take care of your health and get enough rest. Do things you enjoy and make you happy so you can decompress from all the stress that comes with being a new RN. You're going to be fine!!
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    Advice please

    I'm in a similar situation so I get it. First, don't fear ACLS. It's good to know this info and have it. The classes are usually supportive learning environments. Second, reach out to your floor educator. They are are great resource for helping you get what you need. Lastly, identify the nurses on your floor that are approachable and wiling to help/teach. Every floor has nurses that are excellent IV starters...approach them and ask if you can watch and learn next time they have a start.
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    I don't feel like a real nurse

    Been an RN for 7 years. Still working the same job I started as a new grad (MS/PCU). During that time I've watched everyone I went to school with change jobs at least once, get their Masters, etc. I've watched MANY, MANY new grad RN's start on my floor only to move on to bigger and better as soon as they could. Meanwhile I've done nothing and I almost feel embarrassed by this. I feel like I'm not learning and growing and advancing in my profession. I watch other nurses, even newer ones, and they all seem to go around with such confidence. I feel they all know so much more than me. At this point I feel like I've forgot more than I know and my skills are somehow diminishing. I want to get a new job but I'm too intimidated to even apply. I feel I'm qualified for nothing and not good enough. I feel like my skills and knowledge aren't where they should be. I feel I'm successful at my current job because I've been there so long but wouldn't be successful elsewhere...like I'm almost 'faking it'. Need some serious feedback/advice.
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    My nursing error; shame and struggling

    I recently made my first real nursing error/mistake of my career. There was no harm to the patient (thankfully) and they were never in any jeopardy (again, thankfully). I was able to quickly identify the factors that led to my making this mistake. I have learned a valuable lesson and know I will be a better nurse because of it. What I am struggling with is the shame of making such an error and how I handled it. I didn't handle it with the integrity that I thought I had. I'm sure the shock and fear of what happened impacted my judgement on how I handled it but that is no excuse. I'm sure I will eventually forgive myself for the error since I know what caused it and I've learned from it. But I'm not sure how I can forgive myself for how I handled it. I walk around work feeling like everyone knows what happened. I don't even want to show my face. I don't know how this will impact me at work. I'm truly mortified over the whole thing. I'm curious if anyone has had a similar experience and how you handled it.