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nursehaley91 BSN, RN

Critical Care, Neuro-trauma
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nursehaley91 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, Neuro-trauma.

Mommy to a 5 year old little princess, beach bum.

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    Struggling with anxiety at new job

    I understand that view point. But I also don’t believe this is the way this particular unit is. I wasn’t entirely antisocial and I made sure to offer help when possible to not just other nurses but the techs as well. I wasn’t “ignoring.” My coworkers I was just simply keeping to myself unless I saw that help was needed or whatever. When I first arrived on the unit it was made extremely clear I wasn’t welcome there by some comments (another agency b**ch, hopefully when Dr. calls he gets “the right nurse.”) I realize how I can be perceived at times but honestly it’s because I was extremely anxious. By no means would I ever completely isolate myself. I just thought at that time it was best to focus on the patients (both my “own” and otherwise. Instead of trying to fit in to the culture. Lesson learned. Thank you for your view!
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    Struggling with anxiety at new job

    So, I’m currently doing some self reflection. I have recently switched back to agency nursing after my recent fiasco of losing my job (see previous post for more details.) I used to feel so confident and outgoing. Up until all of this happened (and even during termination.) I was used to being complimented. I was frequently told how I was a good nurse, a strong nurse. How I had excellent patient rapport and strong clinical judgment. I never had complaints from coworkers or patients. And Although I realize it doesn’t matter a ton, I had been nominated several times for Daisy Awards as well as a hospital based award. I was always aware I had more room to go, more knowledge to learn, people who always knew more or were better at certain things than I was and I always did my best to be the best I could be and accept and improve on my weaknesses. But now I’m failing. I spent two weeks at a new facility when my agency called today and said I was cancelled from this particular facility because I “wouldn’t talk to their staff.” I realize now that I came across as probably stuck up and “better than them.” But honestly it’s because I was so shy and so anxious. So instead of sitting around the desk, gossiping with their employees, I stayed near my assignment and focused on my med pass, treatments, call lights and my residents. I thought I was doing the right thing but I guess not. Long story short, how do I overcome this? How do I make sure that moving forward other perm staff don’t view me as stuck up? What is the best way to approach these new facilities and new people since my ego and confidence has been severely damaged?
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    The last facility I worked at, we had an individual who was not a nurse, CNA, or management in a medical department walk around every morning during AM med pass and check that oxygen tubing was labeled as well as IV tubing and feeds. During one instance, she unhooked oxygen from my patient with serious respiratory issues, brought it to me to throw in the garbage all while I was dealing with a patient going majorly south.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    I would have to do some hunting at headquarters because I wouldn’t even know who to initially speak with. My administrator is more than aware considering she was on the conference call to terminate me. I have contacted a lawyer so I plan on speaking with him to definitively know how to proceed. I don’t want to blacklist myself any more than I already am but I also do know that I need to advocate not only for the remainder of those patients but also for myself and the other nurses. I may not be perfect but I am meticulous about my documentation and maintaining copies of necessary documents
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    Unfortunately in our facility only one nurse needs to sign for a non narcotic medication. There was a nurse near me while pulling the medication (and I can tell you the exact conversation we had ABOUT the med I was pulling as I was pulling it) but that is irrelevant to my case because it is 100% a he said/she said. It IS scary that the paperwork disappeared though but it is not shocking. My initial witness statement about the abuse allegations when I first brought attention to them went “missing” as well when authorities questioned my director about it. They tried to accuse me of never turning them in. Thankfully I maintain all co-signed copies in a personal file and was able to produce them. That incident I reported that made it no farther than my director was way past the limit to report to the health department so of course they wanted to hide that documentation. There is so much more that I feel I can not safely put on here, but most horror stories you hear about this sort of thing really did happen to me.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    The one thing that I will always stand by is doing what’s right. I’m saddened and angered by the fact that I was terminated for what I feel like was advocating for my patient and their safety and well-being but I also can sleep better at night knowing that I did what was best for my patient. I have reached out to a lawyer just to run my case by them and see what they say. I also plan on calling and speaking with HR myself tomorrow to see what can be said. Obviously I know to play it smart because they aren’t on my side either but at least I can put my side out there.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    Absolutely no harm was done (because they received the medication). I am trying to keep it vague but it was a medication that was initiated prior to further testing being completed, once testing was completed it was deemed the medication did not need to be given after all and subsequently discontinued the very next day. All in all, the patient received 2 doses before it was discontinued. I began the medication in the morning when I initially received the order. The facility I work at does not do electronic scanning of medications (lord do I WISH!) but there was documentation on the MAR, on paperwork that I pulled the medication from out emergency supply, another nurse who was present as I was pulling the medication, another nurse who was present as I GAVE the medication, and 2 nursing notes of my documentation on giving the medication. The grounds they had to stand on were the simple fact that my director followed me and it “appeared” that I didn’t pull the medication because suddenly my paperwork showing that I did was missing. The counts in the Emergency supply sided with my accounts and not theirs but it didn’t matter. They even tried to throw the “false documentation” card at me but instead sided for negligence. It was a single medication error had I not given the medication. I had never (knowingly) had one prior and maybe 2 months ago I had an outstanding eval. It’s just all so petty and I feel so strongly it was in retaliation because nobody gets fired over what I was fired from.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    I’m unfortunately learning this lesson the hard way. I liked to believe that because abuse is such a serious thing and it is drilled into our heads how serious reporting is from day one that this facility would have even basic human decency but I was wrong. I have zero regrets on advocating for my patient but I do wish I was able to have gone about it in another way. Live and learn, I guess. At least I know this happened due to doing the right thing.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    Yeah, I definitely don’t want my job back. At best I really just want a neutral reference and not to be blacklisted due to the repercussions it could have moving forward. It in all reality I’m realizing it’s far fetched so cutting my losses is probably what’s best.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    As I had stated before, I had another job lined up. I didn’t believe anyone was aware of it but I could (and more than likely am) be wrong. As far as concrete proof, I have significant proof (although I’m not attorney and whether it is enough or not is up in the air) that I haven’t stated on here for sake of being vague and keeping my remaining cards close to me to be played later if need be. But thank you for your advice and opinions!
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    I’m not interested in unemployment. Thankfully I already have another job lined up (I did prior to being terminated) so I’m not out much financially. My biggest concern is in the long term and my reputation. As I stated in my original post, it’s one of the biggest corporations in my state. In just a 2 hour radius of me, they own approximately 30 different facilities. It’s just frustrating. It’s not even about the money, it’s my reputation and job prospects moving forward that angers and scares me.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    Thank you. I certainly hope so too. I was definitely loyal to a facility who didn’t give a care in the world about me. It’s been a lesson learned. I’m just hoping they don’t damage my reputation any worse than they already have.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    I genuinely wish we had a union. Unfortunately the few times we have tried to unionize have failed. I suspected from the time I reported it that it wouldn’t fair well for me but I owed it to my patient. I have no regrets about that.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    I actually was in the process of switching jobs when this happened. As soon as the crap hit the fan I was job searching and had another job lined up. My notice was going in the day I was terminated actually. The job I had accepted took longer than I thought to get onboard with. I didn’t intentionally stay at a bad job. I just was unable to up and quit without another job lined up.
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    I’m definitely keeping any postings on social media to a minimum. Also what I have posted I tried to keep as vague as possible while still getting my point across. I feel very strongly that this was retaliatory due to the fact that I never had any issues at my former place of employment until the incident happened. I thankfully carry malpractice insurance so I will look into it. Thank you for your advice 🙂
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    Retaliation for reporting abuse?

    Thank you. That’s kind of where I’m at with this. I’m not sure if it’s worth the money and stress for it. In some ways I believe it would be because of the impact it’s going to have on my future if I choose to remain in this area. But in other ways I just feel like I need to let it go because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the table. I definitely need to let my initial emotions die down first.