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2 year probationary period for army civilian nurse

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by sandman88 sandman88 (New) New Nurse

Anyone work as a RN or lpn for Department of Defense, more specifically army?   I was told that could fire you for anything during this period?   Anyone have any pointers from personal experience to be successful?  

Nunya, BSN

Specializes in NICU/Mother-Baby/Peds/Mgmt. Has 39 years experience.

Yeah, 10 years, some of them very long.  You'll be fine if you're a decent nurse, don't talk back and don't roll your eyes where supervisors can see you.  And it helps to pick up an extra shift here and there when they're short, even if you only get comp time and not OT.  

tt2323, BSN

Specializes in Primary Care/ Trauma. Has 12 years experience.

I think it was implemented as a policy to get rid of bad staff. You’ll be fine!

Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 22 years experience.

As long as you do your job you shouldn’t have any issues. I have only seen 2 nurses let go before their 2 years were up. Both of them had no idea on what they where doing. One of them they moved to 3 places before they let her go. 

twinmommy+2, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ED. Has 16 years experience.

Its the same way with the VA. It gives them an opportunity to move someone out if they don't fit with the organization in some way or another. After two years though you should be alright.

Aaron300RN, BSN

Specializes in ER, MICU, SICU. Has 10 years experience.

I personally think the policy that its hard to fire someone after 2 years is stupid. In the civilian sector you can loose your job any time. If your a good nurse, why would they fire you? I work for the VA and many people work the system, and are super lazy and unprofessional. The employer, no matter what sector, should be able to fire someone who doesn't do a good job. 

Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 22 years experience.

It also comes down to leadership to hold everyone to standards and make a paper trail. In the same vein you should not have to worry about getting fired for any little thing which can happen in some states. 

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 9 years experience.

In my experience, nobody in the Federal government ever gets fired unless they're really bad.

Jeckrn1, ADN, BSN

Specializes in Operating room, ER, Home Health. Has 22 years experience.

True,  Most of the time is because no one wants to do the work and follow through with it to get rid of the ones who need to go.  One of the problems is that supervisors move around so often.