I am an old RN who has hit the wall before my retirement. I feel after giving may all to my profession for many years. including a stint in the burn canter at Seattle for 16 years that.
I have been chewed up a spit out.
After the economic meltdown I came out of retirement. I have arthritis in my hands very bad from years of nursing..
I accepted a position in St Joes, Peace health in Whatcom county and was excited to be starting in a new career and a great town .
However the reaaity of the situation was anything but.. I was in the cafateria and a nurse approached me and saw my new badge. She then warned dme to "look out" as I was on the MCU floor. need less to say this sent up red flags bigtime.. I am sure we have all been there..
Then I was talking to another RN who stated out president was an Arab , a potential terrorist infiltrate.. While I welcome the idea that people have different ideas on the world and do not feel that it is necessary or even desirable to all have the same view, This comment was inappropriate in the work place and very racist.
I hade been out ot the work force for three years but have a lot of knowledge to bring to the table.. Imagine my surprise when my preceptors, with the exception of one, was rough on me and not helpful at all.
Then after two weeks, I was dropped like a hot potato stating I was not a good fit.. The manager never even spoke to me did not know me. just dropped me. How can you know what someone will be like after two weeks, even if they are terrible. people have their own learning curve.. Am I wrong in saying that management needs to have some responsibility in providing a new nurse with the tool she or he needs?
So I say to you. saty away frmm MCU at Peace Health in Bellingham.. They are a rough crowd..
The old saying that nurses eat their young, however I am not young and this was my last chance to mke a of of it..
So now I am left with out my profession and have no money and no way of making any money after 40+ years of nursing.
I welcome all who feel thay have been spit out by their profession..