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I disagree with the lines 2-4 ("Once there is blood in the water, the sharks start circling. This is a common management error. Once they hear a whiff of a problem they start digging and scratching until they find more dirt to justify their doubts."), and I'll tell you why -- When we (I am a supervisor) are notified or become aware of a new employee who is struggling, it is our responsibility to determine what improvements are needed and provide feedback to foster growth. Our ultimate goal is to help each employee excel in their position; not just because we care (we do!), but also because it’s VERY expensive to train new staff and we want to avoid having to train yet another person.
This isn’t “digging and scratching” to “find more dirt”, but rather, an attempt to evaluate where improvements are needed so pertinent and appropriate feedback can be given. The probationary period (sounds like yours is 20 weeks) is the time when we determine whether or not you will be a good fit and live up to the expectations we have for you. If you received any written documentation during the meeting you had, it’s probably called a “Trial Period Memo” (or at least that’s what it’s called in the facility in which I work). This means that they have outlined where you need improvement and they expect you to make immediate and sustained improvements (which is likely why they provided you with a deadline of 4 working days).
I understand that your med error was caught prior to administration and another nurse caught the error(s) in the telephone orders you took, but what if these errors hadn’t been caught? From a liability standpoint, your employer may be concerned that these errors won’t be caught once you’re off orientation, which could cause patient harm. I do agree with nurse2033 in that it’s important to maintain a positive attitude, work hard on making the improvements they’re requesting, and work closely with your preceptor/request feedback often. Other very important qualities would be making yourself very approachable and open to feedback, and avoid “butting heads” (as you called it) with the other staff. Not only are you evaluated based on your patient care and nursing skills, but also on your teamwork and attitude, which is why approachability and being a team player are so important.
Your comment “challenge accepted” indicates that you’re going into this defensively with your boxing gloves on – your co-workers/preceptor and management will be watching your attitude and comments closely, so avoid being defensive and/or making snide remarks about having been talked to about your performance. Esme12 also gave fantastic advice by saying “forget you were ever an EMT” – others may view you mentioning this as you thinking you “know it all”. Not only can this be annoying to hear over and over again, but it can also be cause for concern that you won’t ask questions as needed, which is a safety concern. I hope you find this advice and insight helpful. You’ve received great advice in the other posts above, as well. I wish you all the best, and I hope things work out for you. Good luck!