Take this job and shove it, I ain't working here no more! - page 6
by Blue Roses
That was me three weeks ago. Since then, I have sought help in counseling, have started medication through my doctor, applied for several jobs, and have gotten a few job offers. TODAY, I accepted a job offer at an inpatient... Read More
- 2Jan 29, '13 by Blue RosesEveryone, I want to clarify that if I write these letters to the nursing management office and to the CEO of the hospital they will be totally anonymous and without any identifying factors related to the specific unit I worked on, my manager, or my coworkers. I don't want to get in trouble or burn any bridges, and I definately don't want to get any of my former co-workers in trouble.
My main goal was to make someone aware that there ARE situations like this that are going on in the hospital, and maybe someone will do something about it so that no one else there will fall through the cracks like I did. I'm not the only one who was having issues, there were dozens of other RNs on the unit with me who were either leaving or actively looking to leave because things were so bad there.
Is it still a bad idea? I'm open to suggestions.
- 2Jan 30, '13 by payitforwardI am so happy for you that you got out of that situation. Some places can be toxic. Many people don't understand that. They want to tell you, " Just go find another job". Sometimes it isn't that easy. The stresses we all face in life should NOT include being in a hostile, toxic work environment. Now, I'm not saying that a job is a bed of roses, but what would be so wrong going to a job, working, having a little fun with your co-workers and MAYBE your patients and go home? Nothing at all! Instead we get high acuity patients, family members from hades, toxic bosses, intolerable co-workers, and yet we should smile?? No, I dont think so. I'd rather have a job where Im happy than one that's making me sick. Good For you for getting out!!!! I wish you the best!!!
- 1Jan 30, '13 by netglowSure I'd send it. You put careful thought into it. But here is reality. It'll receive a haughty snort from the readers and then get tossed in the garbage. Things are the way they are and they've got so bad because it is allowed and even encouraged. They do know what goes on. There is no benevolent little old administrator with a kind heart in a penthouse office that would change things from the shock of your letter. The people with the power now likes there money and spend their days plotting to reduce nursing staff.
- 0Jan 30, '13 by netglowI'd edit it and put it up on sites like Indeed.com, glassdoor.com, careerbliss. The public reads those and as long as you clearly state that, "It is in your experience that..., and from your experiences you feel that..." you are fine. Don't ever suggest malpractice or violate hipaa, you can always tell your personal experiences anywhere you want. What you can't do is extrapolate or suggest illegal activity unless you have proof.
- 0Jan 30, '13 by chevyvIf you choose to send it, send it along with your original post. It states exactly how you were feeling at that time. Make sure you don't bash the facility or anyone inparticular. Write the letter with a suggestion to have a program or outlet to support the staff. I'm sure you aren't the only one stressed beyond belief. I have found that including suggestions and owning your share may help. If you truly want to help, then send it. If you want to make yourself feel better and justified then reconsider sending it and just move on.
- 1Jan 30, '13 by FredaRNI'd suggest you rewrite the letter - provide objective observations of incidents. Saying that the manager plays favorites won't cut it without examples. As for your personal health - don't put that in print. Just write that you have been advised by your doctor that your health was endangered by the work environment. In your place, I would have gone to my doctor first and requested a sick note. Then gone on sick leave. Resign from sick leave. This takes away the stigma of leaving without notice. It also puts a professional at your back supporting your situation.
Anonymous letters are usually tossed unread by the powers that be. If you truly care to make it known that there are problems, you need to sign your name and cite objective examples. Whining about your lack of sleep and stress make it look like you couldn't do the job, not the job causing the problem.
- 0Jan 30, '13 by KnitWitchWhile I doubt you'll get in any trouble since you no longer work at the facility, you did kind of burn your bridges when you called up and quit without notice. No judgement -- it sounded like a desperate move to escape a toxic situation and you have to do what you have to do in order to care for yourself. Be that as it may, employers generally don't look too kindly on that kind of thing. On the other hand, if there's a high staffing turnover there it may be forgotten or irrelevant 6 months, a year, two years down the road.
- 0Jan 30, '13 by ChiggysmomAlthough it's unusual to leave without giving a two week notice, I believe in this particular situation, it doesn't sound like you were going to be able to work there for even one more day or night, let alone two weeks. From your description of your symptoms, it sounds to me like getting out of there and fast, was a life saving, tactical maneuver?