There is a first time for everything....
Yesterday I got fired. Yup. Fired.
A patient fired me for the first time in my 12 years of nursing.
I am in nursing school, and the patients I take care of have no idea I am a nurse already, granted not a "registered nurse" yet, but a "licensed practical nurse".
I was assigned two patients yesterday on the postpartum floor. One was a couplet, the other was just a baby. I walked into the couplet room first, figured I'd knock her and the baby out really quick and focus on my other patient with the more complex issues.
As soon as I walked in, I knew she was gonna fire me. She had that look. You know...this one...
I came in, told her who I was, what school I go to, and that I'd be taking care of her and the baby today.
Mom: "You gonna touch my baby?"
Me: "Yes, I have to touch him in order to do an accurate assessment"
Mom: "They just did one of those"
Me: "No, an assessment is only done at the beginning of each shift, unless otherwise indicated"
Me: "If you are uncomfortable with me doing the assessment, then maybe it is in your best interest to have the nurse take care of you today and not a student."
Mom: "Yeah, I need a real nurse, not you the pretend nurse"
I smiled, then thanked her for her time and walked out of the room.
Being fired wasn't so bad. It didn't bother me one bit. I mean seriously. I know all patients have a choice. But when you are admitted to a teaching hospital, you have to realize you will encounter many students (nursing and medical, among other type of students). The hospital I'm at is very open about being a teaching hospital. There are two hospitals in town, so if you don't like this one...go to the other one.
So in the end, I laughed about it. I'm a happy nurse, I know I take extremely good care of my patients. If she didn't want me, well then that's her loss, not mine. I ended up taking a GYN patient instead that was amazing. I was better off not dealing with some one who was gonna be grumpy. I don't have time for that!
Have you been fired before? Was it ugly? Did you see it coming?
I kinda saw it coming as soon as I walked in...she had "the look".