Being DNR’d from a hospital can be embarrassing and costly, so PRN Medical Solutions wants to ensure that our travel and per diem healthcare workers show up with confidence! PRN Medical Solutions employs per diem RNs, travel CNAs, a vast respiratory therapist registry, and everything in between, and we want to make sure you succeed. We’ve put together a few reminders for how to avoid a DNR, and a guide for what to do if you get DNR’d from a hospital.

  1. Be punctual. Get to work on time, or even a few minutes early so you can get settled in and find out exactly where you need to be. Plan ahead for traffic, coffee stops, parking, and walking through the hospital to your unit assignment.
  2. Avoid taking impromptu breaks. Work productively and efficiently – if you need an extra break, speak to your lead or supervisor on duty. Don’t take breaks without informing anyone, or they might call us asking where you are!
  3. Do not use your personal cell phone unless on a break. Ensure that all staff and patients know that they have your full attention. Resolve personal matters before work, after work, or on your breaks so that your cell phone can be put away while you’re on the floor.
  4. Go to work clean and ready to perform your work duties. Scrubs, nails, hair, and face should be tidy to represent the hospital setting. Be sure to follow the dress code of the facility and department, including scrub color, hair and nail guidelines, etc.
  5. Be a team player. Doctors, nurses, CNAs, RTs, etc. all rely on each other to treat their patients – just like you can’t do it alone, neither could they. Keep a good attitude so that everyone can enjoy doing their jobs together. If you’re going to be there for 8-12 hours, you want to feel good about the team you’re working alongside!
  6. Perform accurate charting. Pay close attention and take notes during training on a new system, and ask a team member if you have further questions about the charting system. Enter all information with precision before moving on.
  7. Ask for help when you need it. If you run into an issue that you’re not sure how to handle, always go to your supervisor or manager on duty. It’s not a sign of incompetence to ask for help when you need it – it’s a sign of strength and capability. Asking questions conveys that you want to do things the right way.
  8. Sign in and out correctly. If you aren’t sure about a hospital’s timekeeping procedure, ask a staff member, lead, house supervisor, or reach out to our 24/7 staffers: 714-832-5776 and we’ll give you instructions. If you ever miss a punch, let us know so that we can resolve it with the facility or send you appropriate paperwork.
  9. Do not leave your shift without telling a supervisor. Abandonment of a shift leaves patients vulnerable, staff overwhelmed, and can lead to disastrous consequences. Unfortunately, emergencies happen. If you absolutely have to leave work, or when it’s the end of your shift, be sure to let the appropriate team member know.
  10. Remember you are a guest in the hospital. Be mindful that this is a great opportunity. Observe the procedures and etiquette of each facility and show them why you should be invited back again and again!

In the event that you are asked not to come back, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to recover. Whether you are a travel nurse, per diem respiratory therapist, or a contract CNA, there will always be work in the medical industry and we will do our best to find employment opportunities for you. Here’s a list of what to do if you get a DNR:

  1. Reach out to your recruiter. He or she will be able to tell you exactly why you were terminated from your job, and begin looking for other facilities you can work with. Your recruiter will be your biggest support in this disappointing time, on the hunt for travel positions and per diem jobs that will get you back to work as quickly as possible.
  2. Own it. Whatever the reason for your termination, it’s important that you take responsibility for it. If you don’t own it, you’re likely to blame other people for what you’re going through, and you might not be able to learn from your mistake. Furthermore, you’ll find it difficult to talk about your strengths (to yourself and others!) when you’re busy badmouthing your previous work.
  3. Gain back your confidence. For nurses, RTs, and other clinicians who have worked hard to earn their licenses, getting fired from work can be a blow to self-esteem, leaving you anxious that you will make the same mistakes and won’t measure up. Remember that you made it through school, so you can make it through this – in both cases, there’s some learning involved. However, if you don’t have faith in yourself, you will not be able to convince another hospital that you’re a capable healthcare worker.
  4. Find a support system. It’s not uncommon to feel depression when laid off from work. Rather than let it consume you, fight back by reaching out to the people who believe in what you have to offer the healthcare community. Get in touch with instructors from nursing school, peers from your respiratory therapy program, or friends who work in hospitals. They understand how the healthcare industry works and can cheer you on while you wait to be placed in another travel or per diem position.
  5. Seek a volunteer position. If you’re still lacking confidence and want further hands-on work experience that you can add to your resume, try applying for a volunteer position in the nursing field. It will help you get your mind off losing your job and give you the feel-good vibes you can only get from helping people. Being a respiratory therapist, CNA, RN, or any healthcare worker is a rewarding experience that you don’t have to miss out on between jobs. And you never know – volunteering could lead to a new job!
  6. Stay positive. Getting fired in nursing or respiratory therapy doesn’t always mean you did something horrible, and it certainly doesn’t mean you’re bad at your job. Mistakes happen – and life happens. Remember that there’s always another opportunity around the corner. Getting a DNR was a learning experience that will make you a better healthcare hero, and you’ll be back to work in no time!

Getting DNR’d from a hospital can be avoided, especially if you follow our 10 guideless above. If you’ve already lost your travel or per diem position – don’t be discouraged! Your recruiter will work with you to find another option, but make sure you work with yourself too! PRN Medical Solutions is grateful to have you as part of the team, and we believe in your capabilities!



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