Am I Irresponsible? - page 2

by my_purpose | 2,902 Views | 12 Comments

I was called irresponsible by my manager in an email to myself and two others. I am a student nurse at a local hospital and by MY mistake, I wrote my shift down wrong. I have been there for a little over a month. Had a... Read More


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    Listen as an FYI for the future, do your best to get a hard copy or an electronic copy of your schedule with all dates verified. Then copy it back--reply with the schedule your were given, and write that you are confirming the dates, and that if any changes are to be made to it, it must be sent electronically or in writing ASAP--for school reasons or child care reasons or whatever. Why do this?

    Let me tell you that I have had a number of dates changed at a few places where I have worked over the years--without proper notice or anything previous to the write-in on the schedule given to me. I have gone into work (some of those places were quite a distance) and found that someone switched my dates on the schedule, or I have had a few people call me up and tell me to get my butt into work, or I will be considered a "no show." A no show? Huh? I am on the schedule for blah, blah. No you aren't. It says today or tonight or whatever. ??????? I have never been a true "no show." I am reliable. If I agree to do something, unless a close family member or I am truly sick, I don't call out.

    Also note that although the change had nothing to do with you, it can be written down somewhere in your records--even to HR records, and it can be used against you, even if you prove to the unit team and mgt that there was an unconfirmed, unnotified change in the schedule.

    You have to go further if someone does this purposely or somehow by accident and switches things up, b/c it can go on your record. You have to make sure this kind of things does not go down on your record anywhere. This may be hard to do, b/c mid-mgt can keep their own "undeclared" notes and records on you--so, if it goes on the "undeclared" mgt records, even a lawyer may not be able to help you find it, should you ever need to do so. But at the very least, check all records through HR.

    So just make sure you check that the error isn't used against you somewhere. This is the kind of thing that makes me support unions for nurses, and I am NOT a BIG union person. I have just seen people get screwed A LOT--especially nurses. Lessons learned so to speak.

    So while it is true that it is your responsibility to know your schedule, make sure you have a copy, and send the same copy, with your notification that those dates are confirmed, back to the appropriate people.

    I wish work could have more lollipops and roses, but after you have been in the field for a long time and have seen a lot of just WRONG stuff, you get wise. Go in with your eyes open, and back up everything---just do it in the coolest possible way, so they don't think you are paranoid, or that they don't perpetuate that you are somehow paranoid. I think the saying, as I have shared before is something like, "be a gentle as a lamb, but as wise as a wolf. . .or be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves."

    This is the challenge--to be very careful about everything--and I do mean EVERYTHING, but do it in such a way that you are not viewed as aggressive or defensive.

    In nursing, it is important not to draw too much attention to yourself, b/c select others will resent it or feel some loss of control. Wise but circumspect is the name of the game.
    Last edit by samadams8 on Sep 9, '12
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    You guys are all amazing for your comments and suggestions. I will take all of them as I have a new outlook on the situation. I truly want to be a great employee and the bottom line is its my thinking that needs to change (from previous employment) that's going to make this the experience that I want it to be. Thanks again ALL!
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    Based on the facts presented by the OP - the root cause for the scheduling error lies with the manager/supervisor. She/he should ensure that all new personnel are oriented correctly and provided with accurate information about all important processes for the unit. The only way the OP could be judged responsible for this "mistake" is she/he failed to consult the crystal ball (which must have been issued during orientation because that is the only way the information could have been delivered).

    The manager in question should know better than to be disrespectful to staff - using derogatory terms such as 'irresponsible' is a personal attack and has no place in a professional communication. I hope the OP hangs on to that message in case HR needs to be informed about the quality of this manager's judgement.
    my_purpose likes this.


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