In nursing it is easy to unfortunately slip up in smaller matters, and managers tend to blow things out of proportion. How many mistakes is reasonable before firing someone?
Nursing is such a high pressure job, that's very dynamic. It's mentally and physically taxing as well as sometimes being emotionally taxing due to the internal politics (and worse still when there is bullying). To top it off, in some hospitals/facilities there are no nurse to patient/resident ratios.
I was wondering how many mistakes can I make before I am out the door? Nurse Managers tend to blow things out of proportion and take the word of patients over the nurses.
For instance one mistake I made was re-ordering eye drops because I couldn't find them, but I suspect a nasty lower ranking nurse who was working under me hid them to get me in trouble then reported me to management because I hadn't put them in and because I couldn't find them I wrote none were available on the chart. She use to leave the place looking like a bomb site and I had spoken previously to management about this, but did not mention her name. In hindsight I should have. I was called in by the Clinical Nurse who said that the person could go blind, but it had only been about 4 days and I imagine it would take much longer before someone went blind because they didn't get these drops. I did reorder them again because I couldn't find them a 2nd time also.
How long do they have to give you to prove that you are capable of doing the job properly after they have told you what they want? In the past I have been fired, without being given a chance to prove myself. What can I do to prevent that in this job?