Peer Evals didn't go so well - page 2

Well, we should have all known it wouldn't work from the start; but. . . We had a directive a few months ago stating our unit had to start doing peer evaluations of all unit staff (RN's, US, PCT's,... Read More

  1. by   Gompers
    Quote from hypnotic_nurse
    We do peer evals at work. It works for us for several reasons:

    1. There aren't that many of us.
    2. We all like each other.
    3. We MUST target one area for improvement and at least one strength.
    4. Only constructive criticism is allowed, no negative comments.

    Giving one area to improve is very much balanced by the strengths listed...and usually the person was pretty much aware of the weak area anyway. Having it identified by a peer as well seems to make it easier to ask for help/teaching/practice/tips.

    Ours are pretty similar, but there are about a hundred of us. We each get 2 peer evals tucked into our yearly evaluation packets and it's random who gets whom. When we go for our eval, the boss has 2 about us in our folder and tells us anonymously what was said about us. We also focus on strengths and weaknesses, and also overall performance and professionalism.

    Usually works pretty well, except for one year that really got me PO'ed. Someone wrote that I never listen to anyone else's opinion and always think I'm right (which is sometimes true, I admit) - BUT I accidentally saw the reviewer's name on the paper and this nurse is SOOOOOO much more of a know-it-all than I am! I wanted to shout that it was the pot calling the kettle black, but I couldn't let on that I knew who it was.
  2. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    It really sounds like a lot of managers must be going to management development classes. Ideas like this get "developed" without much consideration for what they are going to tap into and the possible negative outcomes for teams.

    It also sounds like the peer reviews were a good measure--just not of what the designers apparently thought it would be.

    Elementary research and statistics classes anyone??? Glad I wasn't involved in that one...... (yet)

    :hatparty:
  3. by   KacyLynnRN
    We have peer reviews at work and last time we had one, I became very upset...there is one person at work that I have always had a personality clash with, she is a CNA but acts like she is an RN, and two times I talked with her about things she did outside of her scope of practice. After that discussion, I caught her doing one of the same things again and had to go and talk to a supervisor about it. I felt I did the right thing, especially because I talked to her about the problem first and gave her a chance to change what she was doing. Appearantly she didn't feel that way. Low and behold, who peer reviews me but her...I wanted to cry when my boss gave me a review peppered with terrible comments about how I do not work well as a team, am lazy, etc...etc...stuff I know is not true! I wish when they hand out peer reviews and they come back full of negativity, they would check into it a little more rather than slapping it on your written evaluation to haunt you forever. I cried for 3 days over this experience!!!
  4. by   kevcam
    I LOVE the peer review system!
    It's a seriously needed reality check for those few RN's who swear up and down that they are Gods gift to nursing and treat everyone else like crap. I don't whine about the rare negative comment on my peer reviews, I do something about them.
    I had to review a nurse who was a constant complainer. She complained non-stop day in and day out about everything and anything. When I noted that on her review sheet, and how it affected not only her performance on the job, but also other peoples, she went ballistic. She complained for months about how she never complains and how unfair her peer review was
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from KacyLynnLPN
    We have peer reviews at work and last time we had one, I became very upset...there is one person at work that I have always had a personality clash with, she is a CNA but acts like she is an RN, and two times I talked with her about things she did outside of her scope of practice. After that discussion, I caught her doing one of the same things again and had to go and talk to a supervisor about it. I felt I did the right thing, especially because I talked to her about the problem first and gave her a chance to change what she was doing. Appearantly she didn't feel that way. Low and behold, who peer reviews me but her...I wanted to cry when my boss gave me a review peppered with terrible comments about how I do not work well as a team, am lazy, etc...etc...stuff I know is not true! I wish when they hand out peer reviews and they come back full of negativity, they would check into it a little more rather than slapping it on your written evaluation to haunt you forever. I cried for 3 days over this experience!!!
    This is so not right! Even if you get a review from a direct supervisor, you have the opportunity to respond. You must respond to this. Silence means acceptance. Organize your thoughts calmly and then do it! It needs to be documented that she repeatedly acted outside the scope of her practice, and that she appeared to have difficulty taking direction from you, and that you believe that she has made these false statements in retribution, retaliation, revenge, whatever.....

    I'm mad, and I don't even know you!!! :angryfire

    Go get 'em!

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