Read this email my NM sent to all the nurses. - page 4

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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    Quote from GummibearsRN
    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.
    I can see that, I stated in my original post there must be major issues.. Maybe the NM is now seeing the issues and working to fix them.
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    I really do resent communications like this one. Deal with the people who are the problem, I don't want to hear it. Do your job as a manager and stop threatening the whole department when you really should be dealing with the work ethic problems of the individuals who prompted this e-mail! Sheeesh, it shouldn't be this hard.
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    My current & soon to be former supervisor sends emails like this all the time. One person will do something wrong, and a mass email will go out reprimanding the whole department. This communication should be in-person, not a general email to all staff. She sure is brave hidden behind her keyboard! Fortunately, my last day of work at my current place of employment is tomorrow!
    Wise Woman RN and 08RNGrad like this.
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    I believe that is called the "Charge Nurse Manifesto".
    If the charge nurses and the NM really mean it, then maybe things will change.
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    Quote from GummibearsRN
    I think everyone on this site just likes to play devil's advocate. Odd responses...
    I look at it this way. If you aren't doing any of the things that she is emailing about and that can get you sent home without pay then the letter and what you boldly highlighted shouldn't bother you.

    Most workplaces have rules. If you can't abide by them then you usually suffer the consequences. Why should nursing be any different.
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    I commend the NM for sending out communication which states all the problems. She/he does need to follow up and show a strong presence on the floor and make good on her word to change things. I agree though that many times, the people who NEED to read the emails/signs, etc. don't, so a more direct approach is often the best method. There is nothing that kills morale quicker than working in a unit where slack behavior is allowed and nothing is ever said or done. The taking breaks in the morning, used to KILL me. 7-9 is hands down the worst time to take breaks and is just poor. Talking loudly around patient rooms is just rude. I understand its important to have fun at work, but there is nothing worse than being a patient and trying to sleep/stay calm and hear a bunch of that. JMHO
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    Ouch GummibearsRN. Are you sure you want to post a work e-mail on the internet where everyone can read it?
    sapphire18, tewdles, Rags2Riches RN, and 4 others like this.
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    This type of email was a common occurrence at my former place of employment. From the manager. In a mass mailing to everyone. Sometimes in large font, all caps, and bold print. Same tone. It might just be my generation, but I found the letter to be rude, bullying, and very unprofessional. As well, speaking to the staff who were actually engaging in the behavior, privately, would be more conducive to improving, rather than degrading, unit morale. I feel that if there were really serious problems like this going on, that a staff meeting perhaps would have been the better way to go. I just can't imagine even having time for a break, or to be on the internet, in any way, on the days I worked, and the same went for every single one of the nurses I worked with. But, there were still angry, threatening emails sent, on the basis of, "I have been informed," or "it was brought to my attention."
    It was a very toxic environment, and many of the nurses were so unhappy, but, everyone needs their job. The sad part was, this manager was rarely on the unit for more that 5 minutes at a time, but apparently believed the reports. I understand that there can be problems with staff on any nursing unit, but I think that this is a very poor manner in which to address them.. jmho.
    Last edit by Wise Woman RN on Nov 16, '12 : Reason: more thoughts..
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    In regards to the NM "giving" the power to send someone home for unprofessional behavior: from my experience, the nurse manager can delegate that ability to the charge if need be. That is why that person is charge.
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    Quote from GummibearsRN
    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.
    The NM has identified a few problems, notified everyone she is aware of the problems, stated how the problems will be handled, and now you want to look for another job due to the NM's plan of action to correct the problems? I could be way off base but it appears from your response you may well be one of the nurses that caused her to have to send out this email.

    The mass email may have been sent out to give those childish nurses the opportunity to correct their behavior before they are embarrassed by being called into her office and threatened with being fired.
    jadelpn, OCNRN63, and Pepper The Cat like this.


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