Read this email my NM sent to all the nurses. - page 7

by GummibearsRN 9,689 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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    If I wasn't behaving in that manner I wouldn't be concerned about myself but I might be glad to note that the manager is sick of it.
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    Quote from Susie2310
    Ouch GummibearsRN. Are you sure you want to post a work e-mail on the internet where everyone can read it?
    Who's going to know it's me? There are plenty of people who work there.
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    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    It sounds histrionic and desperate. I would imagine this is a unit that has had ineffective leadership for a significant period of time.
    RIGHT on the money. That about sums it up perfectly! lol
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    I haven't read all of the comments yet, but I personally find nothing wrong with the
    message at all.
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    I also have not read all the comments, however, there's a number of posts and threads on this site regarding the "I work my butt off while other nurses as shopping on the internet at the nurse's station". Meetings don't always reach everyone. I think that the email was direct, to the point, and gave what would happen should someone be found to be engaging in activity they should not be. At least this manager took it upon themselves to point out the the behavior was being noticed, it would not be tolerated, and it was being acted on.
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    Perhaps the email could've been written in a more professional manner, but I'm perfectly fine with the message. We had a similar situation on my unit. We were sent an email stating that all work stations out on the floor were to be used for work only, and anyone found using social media, shopping, etc could face disciplinary action. I know several people that abused our former privileges, and I know at least two of them were called into the office and personally warned before this blanket warning went out to everyone. I saw it as management covering their bases so no one seemed to be singled out. You can't claim ignorance of the rules when you get an email laying them out.

    I don't see the problem with it. Whenever I get warnings about stuff I don't do while on the clock, I delete it and move on.
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    Quote from ShantheRN
    Perhaps the email could've been written in a more professional manner, but I'm perfectly fine with the message. We had a similar situation on my unit. We were sent an email stating that all work stations out on the floor were to be used for work only, and anyone found using social media, shopping, etc could face disciplinary action. I know several people that abused our former privileges, and I know at least two of them were called into the office and personally warned before this blanket warning went out to everyone. I saw it as management covering their bases so no one seemed to be singled out. You can't claim ignorance of the rules when you get an email laying them out.

    I don't see the problem with it. Whenever I get warnings about stuff I don't do while on the clock, I delete it and move on.
    Yeah, it could've been worded more professionally, but obviously the manager is dealing with people who don't speak "professional." Maybe she's tried professional and fell back on the, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" approach.
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    Quote from GummibearsRN
    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.
    But this person is not a co-worker, they are the charge nurse. Who plays a specific role if he/she doesn't take patients. It is a supervisory role, regardless of how much more money than you this person makes. They are working under the direction of your NM. It can be the start of progressive formal discipline, which is under the reponsiblities of a charge nurse role. Think about patient safety-- if your coworker is off on her break at 9am, (when you are trying to pass meds) and one of her patients falls due to no one to help them, and perhaps you are the one who said nurse gave the "run down" on the patient before she took her break. Yup, that means you took "report" and this patient was your responsibility. If I were one of the nurses who did not participate in such behaviors, then I would be red hot that I would be holding the bag for co-workers who apparently don't know how to be a professional, NOT that the charge nurse was given the OK to discipline. Often times we read on here that this type of stuff is going on, and the charge nurse knows and doesn't do anything. Not to mention if you have a group of co-workers on the internet for their shift, an email is really a great way of having them read it and hopefully, when it happens the first time--perhaps take it seriously. It continues to amaze me that these are grown butt people who are in the business of taking care of people's lives.....
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    Got to agree. This is about setting a document trail in place. Your NM is aware of the situation and instead of singling people out to start with she is sending an email to everyone.

    This may deter some people from habits that they have fallen into from working with other people. It also means that the people that persist have been given warning. Next step is the charge nurse (who mat only be a staff nurse, but is there as the NM delegate) a fall ba k to say to that person. Our NM has already comunicated to you about this issue. I am asking you to stop / leave work.

    I had to speak to 3 nurses today about texting on their phones and answering cell phone calls today. Not good enough, and trust me none of the things were vital.

    When I take this issue to my NUM I expect her to bring it up at shift change handovers, also highlight it at the next ward meeting and a group Email. As someone who has covered for my NUM for extended periods this is what I do.

    So basically it is a paper trail that if someone complains a out unfair dismissal etc the NM can say well I sent an email, I spoke at meetings etc.
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    Ok, maybe it would have been better delivered in a staff meeting, however, I see absolutely nothing wrong with the email. I work with some of the most work-ethic challenged people I can imagine. It makes my job harder because I have to pull their weight. It makes me look like a harridan because I complain frequently in hopes that my wishy washy NM will actually sit someone down and say "tow the line or move on". But no. Staff members tell her how and when they will do their job. They tell her they have PTO days in the bank and they are going to take them on they days they choose and to heck with unit needs. They will not work the call they are scheduled. Staff members go off unit during shift and no one knows where they are...they are not on lunch or break. I would give anything for an email like that to be in my box on Monday morning because I am tired of my work ethic and my need/desire to give excellent patient care being taken for granted.
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