Read this email my NM sent to all the nurses. - page 2

by GummibearsRN 9,669 Views | 78 Comments

"Nurses, It has come to my attention that BREAKS are being taken at the BEGINNING of the shift DURING BUSY times on the unit. This is unacceptable and it is the responsibility of each staff member to come to work prepared to... Read More


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    I think she sent the email as step one to provide written documentation and fair warning to all staff members before it gets taken further.

    The next step will be to speak during the staff meeting, after this she will speak to the individual employees who continue to behave in an unprofessional manner.

    What she has chosen to do is let everybody know in advance, and email is a good way to make sure all staff are informed.

    You will probably see people written up now and things will change
    tewdles, cp1024, OCNRN63, and 2 others like this.
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    I have no objection to the tone, but I do object to the delivery. This should have been said to everyone during a staff meeting. Also, I wonder if HR agrees that the charge nurse has the authority to suspend someone from work. Evidently some people are being lax about duties and THOSE PEOPLE should be disciplined, not the entire staff.
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    Call me crazy, but I do not find the email unprofessional or inappropriate. I am a very direct person, however, and I am not easily offended.

    This is the fastest, sure fire way to ensure everyone gets the message. If it is not directed at "you", general you, then no harm no foul.
    suga_junkie, tyvin, Cougar1113, and 10 others like this.
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    Hey it's work folks. I actually know nurses who would be offended by this email BECAUSE they feel they have some sort of constitutional right to constantly conduct personal business at work. A call once in a while is fine, but it's always overboard - a generational change, I think.

    Go ahead and be annoyed. But know this, she has spoken, and I'd applaud her if she actually follows through. When you send an email drawing a line in the sand, you better enforce it, or you will be forever ignored - by me as well.
    tyvin, tewdles, OCNRN63, and 2 others like this.
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    Nurse manager has identified a problem, notified all staff of the problem as she sees it, and identified a course of action for not shaping up. Can she send somebody home if they don't comply? I don't know what your hospital policy says. However, I'm sure there should be some disiplinary action taken for shopping online or being on the internet etc, taking more breaks than allowed etc that hr has identied. Staff has been warned. Either shape up or ship out. You may not like the way she did it but all staff now have obvious choices. The consequences have been established. Your choice.
    annmariern, tewdles, SoldierNurse22, and 2 others like this.
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    If this is going on, I am sure the NM is not the only one peeved about the work environment.
    tokmom, Peninah7, Altra, and 2 others like this.
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    I can't believe she said "full throttle". WHile it seems like she does have a point, her delivery is less than professional.
    abbaking, opossum, and Wise Woman RN like this.
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    Well, if you had a job anywhere else and your own desk and computer, they'd be in your office when you're not and they would be checking what you've been doing on your computer. I've seen it done.
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    Good for her for saying something rather than ignoring the behaviour!
    tewdles, SoldierNurse22, and OCNRN63 like this.
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    It sounds like the type of email no manager should HAVE to send. I agree, if staff is acting like this (shopping online, yapping loudly at the nurses station, gossip), the CN should be yanking their butts off of the shift....

    Quote from GummibearsRN
    "Nurses,
    It has come to my attention that BREAKS are being taken at the BEGINNING of the shift DURING BUSY times on the unit. This is unacceptable and it is the responsibility of each staff member to come to work prepared to work and NOT shop online, take multiple breaks, and gossip. It is very unprofessional to be socializing LOUDLY at the nurse’s station and I will not tolerate it. I need staff that are committed to making this the best unit and providing the BEST care. The charge nurse and myself do not have time to babysit and instruct you on how and when to do your job. The charge nurse is responsible for leading the team and if she feels at any time that a particular staff member is not performing standard care, she will not hesitate to take action and dismiss the staff member from work for the rest of shift without pay with instruction to follow up with me before returning. Please forgive me in advance to the staff dedicated and prepared to work full throttle each shift, this email is not directed to you."
    ...........
    Really? This is the kind of work environment I have to deal with. Does this sound like something any manager should say? I had to laugh to myself reading this. Your thoughst?
    Altra, HM-8404, and Nascar nurse like this.


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