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  1. I really feel for you. I also got fired from my first nursing position, last year... Not all of this will apply to you, but this is what I did: 1) cry. I did a lot of that, and it helped me move on from the loss/shame/grief feelings of being fired, especially from a first job. 2) apply to every RN position within 50 miles. I did this 14 hours a day, six days a week. I didn't limit it to "new grad" positions, I applied to everything. I eventually got rehired to a regular position where they were willing to give me extra orientation due to me being a new grad. 3) memorize some good responses to "why did your last job end?" that I could use in interviews, so I wouldn't freeze up. 4) cut expenses as far as possible. I only ate food in that I had in the cupboard. I didn't buy any new clothes, or actually anything at all- if I needed something, I could usually "borrow" from a friend and either return it or promise to pay them back later when I had a job. I didn't even drive my car unless I absolutely couldn't help it. That let me look for jobs a little longer before going into "panic" mode. Is there any way you could move to another area? Do you have family somewhere that you could stay with until you find something? This recession won't last forever, and things will work out in the end. Hugs until then.
  2. Thanks, caringchic. I got the opportunity to talk to my manager about it at our meeting, and I told her (without being asked) what I learned and what I should have done. I'm really, really aware that I screwed up- whoever said I obviously don't care is dead wrong. At the same time, the patient wasn't harmed, because the surfaces of the item that were used for the patient were not the same surfaces that were potentially contaminated. I'm hoping that the lack of harm allows for some mercy in this situation. I definitely want to do better, and I just hope I get that chance.
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    fired once, in trouble again....

    Thanks for the much-needed hugs! HR said that they expect to have a decision within a week. I'm frustrated that this is taking sooo long...
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    fired once, in trouble again....

    I had my "pre-discipline" meeting today, and it seemed like they were trying to build a case that I had previous unacceptable behavior... stuff like "well, haven't you been coached by a charge nurse in the past for being unavailable on the unit?" Which I haven't, so I said that... I felt like I was able to state my case really well but they seemed pretty set on something serious. Before, I had a lot of hope that they would just give me a written warning, but now I'm really not sure.
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    fired once, in trouble again....

    As far as I can tell, I'm a good mix with the staff on the unit, especially the other nurses. This particular CNA isn't well-liked by anyone, and doesn't seem to like anyone, but he doesn't have enough of an attitude to actually get in trouble for it. On my first floor, I think I probably wasn't a good fit with the rest of the staff, and that's why I got canned, but I don't think that's the problem on this floor. I completely agree that my nursing judgment in this situation was terrible- I'm sorry, and not just because I got caught. I am just hoping that I don't get fired. I agree about the CNA- I would think, if someone saw a feeding tube on the floor and the other person didn't seem to notice (or didn't seem to care) that the person watching would say something like "Hey, I think that touched the floor a second ago, here's an alcohol swab." I'm not sure why he didn't say that, and I intend to mention that in my meeting (which was rescheduled to later this week). Suesquatch, you really got fired twice in your first year? What did you do to find another job? Was it as hard as I'm thinking it would be?
  6. I graduated a little more than a year ago and I got fired during orientation of my first job. Turns out my preceptor was lying to my manager about me, and I was accused of several things that I didn't do. It was really awful. I was able to get another job, and I've been there just a couple weeks shy of a year. Well..... Last week I was having an ultra busy shift and I did something really stupid. I was giving two liquid meds per feeding tube. One came in a little syringe (wrong size to attach to feeding tube) and one in a cup. I drew up the one in the cup into the right size syringe, and then I set the cup on the garbage can. I say "on" and not "in" because it was overflowing. The whole top layer was "clean" type trash- papers and stuff, and I put the cup right-side-up on top of that. Then I remembered I still needed it, so I grabbed the cup back from on top the garbage, and used it for the other med. I know that was bad, and I don't really have any excuse- I was busy and I was thinking about other stuff but I shouldn't have done that. I'm pretty sure the patient didn't see any of the stuff with the garbage can since I was doing it with my back to him. A CNA was in the room at the time, and he pulled me aside later and told me he was "telling." He also said that the end of the feeding machine tubing touched the floor while I had it disconnected to administer the meds. I didn't think it did, but maybe he saw something I didn't. Anyway, he told the charge, who told the manager. I didn't get a chance to tell the charge or the manager my side of the story, and I'm pretty sure the CNA exaggerated, because he's never liked me and he's that kind of guy. My manager called me to suspend me until she has time to meet with me (tomorrow), and she said she is discussing disciplinary action with HR (she'll tell me what they decide when we meet, so I don't get a chance to state my case at all). What really worries me is that when she called me, she had her boss's boss in the room, and had us all on speaker phone. After getting fired once, I'm really terrified of getting fired again. I don't think I could get re-hired in this economy because I'm still a new grad and I'd have been canned twice. Should I quit before they can fire me? I really want to work for this hospital.... I'm so upset right now...
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    Fear

    When I first started (I'm not quite a year out at this point) I couldn't handle three nights in a row, I had to do two and then the other later in the week. I feel your pain. Work hard on organization, try to make a system on your own time that will help you organize at work. Things get better after about 6 months.
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    what to do?

    I would have left a note for the MD saying "pt noncompliant w/ O2, sats low, please consider change in code status" On my floor, we have "communication notebooks" where we leave these notes. The MD reads the notebook first thing in the am, and then they decide whether to write the requested orders.
  9. I really hope that you're right and the punching in counts as different than clinical performance. Is the probationary period 90 days everywhere? I couldn't find any information about that on the HR website. We use the 60cc syringes as well... My preceptor on this floor suggested that we push the meds rather than doing it by gravity because it's faster that way. I'll try it your way... that is, if I'm ever allowed back at work.
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    Need advice on trying out mental health

    Psych is way less "intense" than acute care in most cases, especially swing and night shifts, and lots of people find time for homework in psych jobs. If you are secure in your recovery, I think you can be a valuable help to those patients. If you don't know how secure you are or whether you'd be able to handle it, I would consider waiting a couple more years.
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    some questions

    I wanted to be a nurse since HS as well. I recommend the Anat and Phys class, the advanced Biology class, and the advanced or AP chemistry class. My HS Biology helped me get an easy A in Biol 101, which was a hard class for a lot of other people. Anat & Phys is hard to learn all at once, and if you have some background on it from HS, it helps in the college class. I didn't take AP chemistry, but it would have taken care of the Chem 101 class that was required for my nursing degree. Hope that helps!
  12. Well, I guess I can't give you legal advice, but I don't think this counts as advice: AFAIK, the only things that are listed on background checks are things that are on the public record. If your application for the CA peace officer thing wasn't made public in any way, I wouldn't expect it to come up on a background check. Also, how old are you now? Did you get professional treatment for your problem? If it was a long time ago, maybe they won't care as much. If you got treatment, and someone brings up your drug use history, I'd point that out.
  13. I think I might be getting fired. Again. I started on a med/surg floor right when I graduated a little more than a year ago. After six weeks of orientation, I was fired without warning (they can do that at this hospital). When I asked why, my manager listed several things my preceptor told her: giving a patient xanax when they didn't need it so that I would have an easier shift, not telling anyone when my patient had PE symptoms, etc etc. I hadn't done ANY of that and I was devastated about being fired. To this day I don't know why my preceptor lied about me. I got re-hired to a different floor of the same hospital within a few weeks. I've worked there for two weeks shy of a year without getting in trouble... I did get a note once saying I'd forgotten to clock in with my badge too many times (we have a book where you sign in when you forget so they still have a record). I'm not sure if that counts as a "written warning" or not. I have been way better about that since then and, other than that, things have been good. Well..... Last week I was having an ultra busy shift and I did something really stupid. I was giving two liquid meds per feeding tube. One came in a little syringe (wrong size to attach to feeding tube) and one in a cup. Well, I drew up the one in the cup into the right size syringe, and then I set the cup on the garbage can. I say "on" and not "in" because it was overflowing. The whole top layer was "clean" type trash- papers and stuff, and I put the cup right-side-up on top of that. Then I remembered I needed a cup to put the other med in before I could draw it into the right syringe, so- you can probably guess where this is going- I grabbed the cup back from on top the garbage. I used the cup to draw up the other med, gave the meds to the patient, and threw the cup away (again). I'm pretty sure the patient didn't see any of the stuff with the garbage can since I was doing it with my back to him. A CNA was in the room at the time, and he pulled me aside an hour or so later and totally chewed me out for using a cup that had been in the trash. He also said that the end of the feeding machine tubing touched the floor while I had it disconnected to administer the meds. I didn't think it did, but maybe he saw something I didn't. Anyway, he told the charge, who told the manager. I didn't get a chance to tell the charge or the manager my side of the story, and I'm pretty sure the CNA exaggerated, because he's never liked me and he's that kind of guy. My manager called me at the start of the week to put me on suspension until she has time to meet with me (tomorrow), and she said she is discussing disciplinary action with HR (she'll tell me what they decide tomorrow, so I don't get a chance to state my case to her at all). What really worries me is that when she called me, she had her boss's boss in the room, and had us all on speaker phone. I totally admit that I did something wrong and stupid, but I don't think I deserve to get fired for it. I hope I get a written warning or something... but if her boss's boss is involved? That seriously doesn't look good. And I'm not sure if my clocking in thing "used up" my warning, which they don't even have to give me anyway. After getting fired from my first job, I'm really terrified that I'm going to get fired again. I doubt anyone would hire an RN who has been canned twice in the one year she's been a nurse... What do you guys think? One of my friends suggested I just quit before they can fire me. I really want to work for this hospital.... what would you do? Do you think I'm going to get fired?