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Ok, I know what I did was not right and I am not here to get flamed about it but just asking for advice.
Here is what happened. I work nights 7p-7a. It is really busy until about 2 am. There are some computers at the nurse station where doctors leave their passwords up and it logs you onto the internet. No personal info, just logs onto yahoo.com or google.com. Many nights nurses log on to check email, shop whatever. Well, last week a certain nurse saw that I was logged on looking at the internet and she decided to inform the nurse manager and everyone up the food chain. I will state that this is in a right to work state.
I was called in the next day and asked if it was true that I had used the internet. I told them "yes" I had. However, I never take smoke breaks of dinner breaks, I just look at the news on the internet, mostly allnurses.com However, I did not mention that anyone else had used it as well. Almost everyone on the floor has used it. Now they are pulling an internet usage report. The problem is all these different sites are going to come up that everyone else has looked at and I know which sites that were mine. It is going to look like it was me who looked at all those sites. They were supposed to call me today to let me know if I was suspended indefinately or if I have a job. BUT no one called me. Finally, I felt like I had to know one way or the other (so I could have closure and start looking for another job ). I called them and they returned my call but left a message on my answer machine not to come in next week and they will let me know end of week what the status is? What do y'all think. I know I made a mistake but I have never done anything wrong before and I have a good record. I get along with everyone and really like the unit. What do you think? What would you do? I am really concerned!
They also told me it is criminal to look up items on the internet since it was under a doctors password. Can they take my license??
I can tell you now, that they cannot take your license and it was not a criminal act. The physician is equally to blame for not logging out after they walked away from the computer.
Using the internet had nothing to do with how you practice as a nurse.
Right now, some idiot in management is trying to scare you and use you as an example. You may lose your job, you may not...but you are being a scapegoat, not doubt.
As a former manager for another company who has personally had to terminate employees for internet usage...people, you need to HEED the policies of your facility.
You can never use, "everyone else does it" as a defense....ever.
Now with that said, let me tell you how IT systems in every company works.
They have the ability to know which physicians are logged in and which ones are not. So no, just because they pull up an internet usage report doesn't mean that every usage is going to be linked to you. They know, page by page, minute by minute, click by click, what was accessed and who was logged in when.
However, I have seen more people lose jobs over the internet. It's crazy...they never think it will happen to them, but every company has an internet usage policy that you sign when you get hired and nobody pays attention to it....but they need to for this very reason.