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Was fired today......

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Has 9 years experience.

Today I was fired after being employed at a nursing facility for one week!! The administrator and DON fired me because apparently my preceptor nurse told them that I did not mix my liquid medications with orange juice. I mixed potassium as I always know to do but others I knew not to mix in juice, but the preceptor said that all liquids are to be mixed. I thought it was strange when I would take my residents their medication and they would ask me where is the liguid medicine and I would tell them its in their juice. Most would turn away and say that they weren't going to take it like that or that the other nurses know not to give them their medicine to them in that form. 2 or 3 residents threatened to report me if I did it again. All in all I was mad a complete fool this moring and was given my walking papers. I was supposed to been training today but DON told me to report later today so she could speak with me. I am just really speechless because I have been so careful in my nursing career and have even had to pass a few meds with State at my previous facility. But this facility felt that I would get them into serious trouble administering medications there. Last time I was fired from a job I was 15 years old and it was because a co-worker said I stole money in which later I was proven innocent when the cameras showed it was the co-worker who reported me.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

This is hard to understand now, but I have a feeling that they did you a favor. You did not make any mistakes that should be reported to the Board so you ought to be able to find work elsewhere. I bet you would have had problems with those people at some point - it just happened sooner than later. Good luck!

TrickieTam

Has 9 years experience.

This is hard to understand now, but I have a feeling that they did you a favor. You did not make any mistakes that should be reported to the Board so you ought to be able to find work elsewhere. I bet you would have had problems with those people at some point - it just happened sooner than later. Good luck!

I think so also Classic! I'd rather have left with something as simple as liquid medications than something that may have ruined my enitire nursing career.

hello i read your post and not very well understood your problem. you could write your story from the beginning to better understand?

TrickieTam

Has 9 years experience.

hello i read your post and not very well understood your problem. you could write your story from the beginning to better understand?

basically i was fired today because i didn't mix liquid medications with orange juice. potassium is mixed with some type of juice, but at this facility the don said that "all" of their medications are to be mixed with juice. i had residents on carafate, potassium, cough syrup, colace liquid and etc. i don't understand how "all" medications are to be mixed with juice when, for instance, cough syrup is ineffective when taken with water or other fluid.

Yeah, I think they did you a favor. I really only mix mucomyst and potassium with liquids. That's it, because the odds of them taking one sip and turning their noses up are high, whereas if its just a little med in a cup they are more likely to take it all. I can see mixing it all together if its a tube feeding but I still wouldn't add juice. Weird, but like I said, probably a favor. Good luck finding another job.

TrickieTam

Has 9 years experience.

Well I just got another job!! Wow talk about quick lol! I had an interview weeks ago with this job and the DON was out sick with the flu and couldn't call me back. I do my drug screen today and paperwork tomorrow. Sometimes you have to lose one to gain one wow!

NYRN08

Specializes in Pysch, Corrections, MedSurg.

Good for you!!:yeah:Good Luck in your new job :up:

jschut, BSN, RN

Has 20 years experience.

Awesome news!

Glad it all worked out for the best....

VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN

Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds. Has 16 years experience.

Wonderful! :)

NickB

Specializes in NICU Transport/NICU. Has 4 years experience.

You probably would've told this job "no thank you" if you were still employed at that other place. See, the big man knows what he's doing.

TrickieTam

Has 9 years experience.

You probably would've told this job "no thank you" if you were still employed at that other place. See, the big man knows what he's doing.

:yeah: Tell me about it lol! I shoulda known this wouldn't have worked out cause I got hired too fast amongst several applicants. And this other job was making sure they did everything by the book to help me get in properly.

if carafate is being given for its gastro protective use.....it is to be given alone, and on a totally empty stomache....so much for their idea

SusanKathleen, RN

Specializes in Trauma/Burn ICU, Neuro ICU.

Hey..... a happy ending! I'm happy for you.

Needsmorechocolate

Specializes in Med/Surg, School and Camp Nursing.

Everything happens for a reason. Congrats!

freefalr

Has 10 years experience.

yay!!! for you & your new job!

Jiminocala

Specializes in ER/Trauma, Home Care, Corrections. Has 30 years experience.

It is good that you found another job so quickly. From what you said in your original post, it sounded like they told you to mix all meds with juice, as if that was their actuaal policy. Not following policy and procedure is a great way to be fired, especially during your probationary period.

If you disagree with a procedure, it is better to get evidence to back up your view and then present that info in a professional manner, rather than just not do it. Of course, if they are asking you to mix a med that is noncompatible with juice, then you have to act on that, rather than harm a patient.

They probably saw you as a nonconformist who would be a P.I.A., but one cannot rule out that they just didn't like your face. There is a lot of that in Nursing. I experienced same in Nursing School and was told that I would never make it in Nursing, because I was too different. That was about 32 years ago and she likely meant I had the wrong set of gonads, but who knows? Good luck in your new position.

They probably saw you as a nonconformist who would be a P.I.A., but one cannot rule out that they just didn't like your face. There is a lot of that in Nursing. I experienced same in Nursing School and was told that I would never make it in Nursing, because I was too different. That was about 32 years ago and she likely meant I had the wrong set of gonads, but who knows? Good luck in your new position.

dont you just love passive agressive idiots?