Real Life Situations After CNA Training – Fired for Harassment

cna trainingYour Career After CNA Training

Let’s face facts; once you’ve completed your CNA training and have secured a job, you’re going to have some adapting to do. That’s just the way the world of employment works. Sometimes our adaptations are easy, because we happen to work with a Director of Nursing and Registered Nurses who are rational, competent and fair. On the other hand, sometimes things are a bit different. If you happen to gain a position after CNA training that seems unreasonable, stressful, or unfair, there are things you can do. You probably won’t learn these things in CNA training, so we’re covering them here. Before we address the solution, let’s take a look at a real life situation I found on a CNA training and career forum. Yes, it’s a good idea to read those occasionally. You’ll gain great inside into the working world of CNA’s after CNA training.

After CNA Training – Real Life Situation (This could happen to you)

The CNA in the forum is named Ed. Or at least that’s what he said his name was. Here is his story:
I am now a nursing student, although I’ve been employed as a  CNA for over two years now. I’m a hard worker and a model employee. Believe it or not, I was recently fired for harassment.  Here’s what happened.
I was the only male CNA employed in a pediatric rehabilitation hospital with 20 nursing techs. As I said, I’m a hard worker and I do everything by the book, according to what I learned in CNA training. There was never a question about my skills or the way I cared for my patients. We got a new Director of Nursing a few months ago and that’s when everything changed. I began noticing  position changes in management and new rules. I chalked it up to having a new Director of Nursing and never thought a thing about it until one day when one of the supervisors was terminated. She came to me and said, “You aren’t going to be here long. You do your job better than a lot of the nurses. They don’t like that.”
I thought maybe she was just angry or bitter about losing her job. Well, it didn’t take long for her prediction to come true. Later the same week I was called in to the Director of Nurse’s office to discuss my annual evaluation when I was told there was a harassment complaint against me that involved a nurse. “Apparently you told her you loved her,” is what the Director said to me. I went on to explain, “Yes, I had asked her if she could find another shift for me to take because I needed the money for my daughter’s birthday. When she found me an extra shift, I was so excited that I told her, ‘thank you, thank you, I love you for this!’ I was just excited and happy to have the opportunity to earn extra money.”Apparently this didn’t sit well. The Director of Nursing proceeded to inform me that people should feel safe in their workplace and she abruptly terminated me due to misconduct. So, now I’m jobless. This Director also, at a prior time told me to stop asking the nurses questions because it was condescending. Really? I was just trying to understand their medication. Is there anything I can do? I thought back to my CNA training and nothing prepared me for this.

What If You Are Unfairly Treated After CNA Training?

I love real life stories of CNAs and their experiences after CNA training. You couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s wrong all the way around. So, bottom line, what if something like this happens to you after CNA training? First of all, call the Department of Labor immediately. You have rights as an employee and there is a process to termination that must be followed. Secondly, in this case, I would report this entire case to the State Board of Nursing. Since there were others who were terminated, possibly without just cause, there could be quite a case here. Third, I’d advise this person to get legal council right away. Often, attorney’s won’t take the case unless they feel they can win and they won’t take a dime of your money until the case has ended. At that point, they are paid through your settlement, so still, no money out of your pocket directly.

After CNA training, there are often strange or unfair employment situations that occur. Know your rights. That’s the best safeguard for your future after CNA training. For more information on CNA training and careers, we invite you to follow our blog.

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