I had a nice "cushy" ADON position in a small facility. I had been there 11 months. I saw an ad for an ADON position in a larger facility with a SIGNIFICANT increase in pay ($20,000). So I applied. In my first interview with the DON, I was honest and said "If you're looking for a 'yes man', I am not your person". I was called back for a second interview with the DON - she told me she was going to be moving into the VP of nursing and she would like to "groom" me for her position - as the other current ADON "just didn't have what it takes" to be the DON. I then had a group interview with all the nurse managers. Long story short, I got the job. My boss was suppose to meet with me weekly for an hour - as a question/answer period, to tell me what I needed to work on, etc... This was often cancelled, by my boss, because of more "pressing" matters. I loved working there, I worked long hours and I learned much - but what I never learned was all these "committies" I was assigned to - some had very obscure names, and I wasn't certain what was expected of me. "Falls commitee was a no brainer" but "Administrative commitee" didn't tell me much. The meetings themselves weren't very informative - I found the majority sat around and talked about their weekends and such - so I never really understood their purpose. I worked there for two months, was called into my bosses office on a Monday ans she said "It's not working out, I have to let you go." I was shocked, no one (to include my boss) ever said anything to me about not doing a good job, or needing to improve in this area, and so on. I said "Why?" her response was "You're just not fitting in with the culture here" I said "What?" She repeated the same answer. I said "Look, I've never been fired before, so if for no other reason than for learning, please give me specifics as to where I faltered so this can be a learning experience for me." "Babs, it's nothing personal, you're just not fitting in with the culture here." I realized I wasn't going to get a straight answer - so I asked "What about a reference?" She said "I will give dates of employment and I will tell them that you are a very hard worker." She hugged me and wished me well. I was escorted to my office, given boxes to pack my stuff up, and escorted out of the building. I must say, that I have never figured out what she meant - I WANTED specifics, so I could learn, but was given nothing.
Yes, it hurt, and hurt bad, but life goes on. I haven't been able to get a ADON or DON position since. Such is life. I feel your pain, been there.