Recovering from a mistake in nursing
January 3, 2014 11:40 AM Subscribe
I'm a new RN but was terminated after I screwed up and verbally abused a patient. Help me figure out what's next.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Two weeks ago I lost my cool and cursed at a nursing home resident I was caring for, and was terminated for verbal abuse. This was my first nursing job and I was right at three months with them. Although I've yet to get a callback from the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the director of the home indicated she would have to report the incident to them. She doesn't think I'll lose my license, but I have no idea what the procedures are. I understand I did a very bad thing and am not making excuses, but I like nursing and would like to continue my career. I believe this is something I can learn from and move on (a sentiment echoed by the Director who fired me), but I have no idea how to improve or explain the situation in interviews.
NC has a Practitioner Remediation Enhancement Program
but it specifically rules out abuse, so I have no idea whether verbal abuse is included. (It probably is.) Is there something I can do now that I can later use to say I've taken steps to solve this problem? How do I even talk about this in an interview?
If you have a story of a massive early career screwup that you've recovered from and thrived afterwards, that would be nice to hear too, as it's hard not to feel like this is a massive failure.