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    Nancy Gordon

    I’m guilty of not adequately documenting narcotic waste as a registry nurse at one hospital where coworkers wouldn’t cosign readily and I wouldn’t wait >an hour to get my ICU patients the meds they needed. I got caught in the cracks of registry moving and not notifying me of problem so 21/2+ years later I found out I was under investigation . 21/2 years later I am finally able to get back to RN work but having trouble getting a job. Any ideas?:

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    If this incident is on your license record, you are going to have trouble. I would suggest a different hospital and a different area of nursing.

    That being said, don’t just apply and hope. Call the unit you are applying for and find out who manages it. Put in your app, but then go to the unit and ask for the Manager. Introduce yourself, shake her hand, hand her your resume, and then get out of the way! Basically, “Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I’ve applied for a position her. Here’s my resume. Wanted to meet you, but I know how busy you must be, so just call me at the number there when you have time. Look forward to seeing you again!”

    Once you get the interview, it’s up to you to convince them you want the job and are the perfect person for it. If you have to explain the probation dilemma, be honest and don’t blame it on anyone. You may see it differently – but not documenting meds is a big bad no-no and a huge liability risk for anyone who gives you a chance. Make it clear that you know this and accept responsibility for it! You learned a valuable lesson the hard way. If you blame it on anything else – it won’t sound sincere, mature, or responsible.

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    Finding a job is tough out there but not impossible, I have met a house supervisor who had been on probation at one point. Just keep trying, not much else you can do and I’m sure you’ll find one. Dialysis clinics, Nursing Homes, Substance Abuse Treatment Centers are quite accommodating for nurses like us. I am an RN on probation myself, so if I think I can do it, you think you can do it.

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