Read this email my NM sent to all the nurses. - page 3

by GummibearsRN

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"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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    Wonder what OP thinks about the responses?
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    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."
    My thoughts.....my thoughts are that this is a manager who appears to be fed up and tired with the behavior/disrespect of the staff. That she has repetitively told them at meetings that this behavior needs to stop. The charge nurse is obviously been attempting to control/correct the behavior and has been disrespected and ignored. This manager is tired of the complaints from families and patients about the amount of the noise at the station. This manager has decided to change a culture of a unit and is requiring the staff to comply with the professional demeanor that is required for the staff.

    This manager has decided to send the staff an e-mail to the staff in general to re-clarify her position and make it clear the charge nurse has the power and support of the nurse manager to halt this behavior. It is clear that this manager is no longer going to tolerate that attitudes and disrespect of certain staff and will be holding them accountable for their behavior.....and is willing to begin progressive discipline action plans to correct the staffs behavior.

    I think it is something a manager can say to put all staff on alert. I do not think it should be the first line of communication but as a "Today is the first day we being to be held accountable" I think it is effective at making her plan clear to all so no one can say....I didn't hear you, I can't come to the meeting, I didn't understand, no one told me, I didn't know.

    I would be concerned about the staff that felt the e-mail was a joke or felt it was amusing.....I think sometimes we need to look in the mirror at ourselves for sometimes we don't always project our accurate selves.....sometimes we need to really see ourselves and make corrections.

    If I was one of her staff members......I would think she meant business.
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    I agree with you Esme
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    The comments about the surfing the internet, breaks and loud talking were not what I really took aim at. They are the same problems in nurses stations everywhere.

    Its more the part that I put in bold. The part where the NM thinks she can give power to the charge nurse (who doesn't take pt's on our floor) to suspend a nurse home for the day. THAT is the bigger picture I was trying to get you guys to comment on. The charge nurse only makes $1 more an hr than regular his/her regular pay. He/She is a "staff nurse" and I seriously doubt (would bet money on) that the charge nurse has no such power legally. Think about a co-worker suspending you without pay from your job. Cannot be legal.
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    Eh, I dunno about that. What's the difference in the charge nursing telling you to go home without pay because the census is low and someone has to leave....and her telling you to go home because you are acting like a 3rd grader?

    Either way, the charge nurse feels your services aren't needed at that moment. The nurse manager has said they have the authority to make that decision. I guess the charge nurse could call the nurse manager, get her on the phone, and have the nurse manager tell the employee to go home. What's the difference? The charge nurse is still the one making the decision.

    I don't see why anybody would be worried about this unless they are one of the ones who are surfing the internet or taking breaks when their patients haven't been cared for properly.
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    This is not a "legal" issue, though. This is the workplace, if someone "in charge", or a designated supervisor, asks you to leave then you leave. This is how every job I have ever worked, Nursing included, dealt with these issues. I see no problem with it.
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    I think everyone on this site just likes to play devil's advocate. Odd responses...
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    Quote from GummibearsRN
    I think everyone on this site just likes to play devil's advocate. Odd responses...
    Really not so odd. Perhaps what you weren't expecting? You are in the thick of it. Maybe others' opinions will help put the issue into perspective.
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    Quote from GummibearsRN
    I think everyone on this site just likes to play devil's advocate. Odd responses...
    How are we doing that? The NM sees a problem and is doing something about it. Now I am not saying you are doing this but usually people don't get upset unless they are guilty. If you are not one of the people she is talking about, why get worked up over it?
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    Quote from Sun0408
    How are we doing that? The NM sees a problem and is doing something about it. Now I am not saying you are doing this but usually people don't get upset unless they are guilty. If you are not one of the people she is talking about, why get worked up over it?
    I guess...I was just looking for some thoughts. I personally just do my job and leave. I need to find somewhere else to work. So many problems on that floor... so I guess I'm looking at this as one MORE problem on top of a lot of others.


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