Unfair Discipline at Work...What do you Think? - page 6

:eek: Last week I was sick...major headache, puking my guts out, diarrhea, cough, fever, congestion, etc. So...I went to our hospital's urgent care. While I was on my way to the bathroom so I could... Read More

  1. by   Mferguson
    Quote from cotjockey
    Last week I was sick...major headache, puking my guts out, diarrhea, cough, fever, congestion, etc. So...I went to our hospital's urgent care. While I was on my way to the bathroom so I could give them a urine sample, I started to feel dizzy, so I leaned my head against the nurses' station for a minute or two until I felt better. While I was leaning there, a patient's grandmother obviously recognized me as an employee asked me what room her granddaughter was in. I told her that I was not on duty, that I was sick, and that I didn't know. She then said, "Well, can you find out?" I said, "No, I cannot find out. I am here as a patient, I am not on duty, I am SICK, so I really have no need to know...you will have to wait for a nurse who is on duty. Leave me alone...I feel terrible." Well...she is claiming that I told her to f*** off and that I used a lot of profanity and told her to go to h***...that I was extremely rude, that I flipped her off, and list of other things. I generally don't swear or flash obscene gestures, so my manager just blew her off...however the director of nurses did not. The DON wants me to write a letter apologizing to the woman for being rude and swearing at her...if I don't she says she will take disciplinary action against me. I have no idea what discipline she is thinking of, but either way, why should I be disciplined for something that I didn't do and even if I did happened while I was off duty?

    Really just venting more than anything, but I do not want to apologize to this woman! :angryfire
    Not being sure what state you reside in i can't be sure, but since you were not on duty then it may be illegal for the DON to ask you to write a letter of apology. I mean would they ask a patient to apologize, whether in writting or verbal, for offending another patients family member? I think not. Your hospital should have a clear policy on employee's who are seen as patients and I bet if you dig enough you can find it. As far as the legality issue you could call the state attourny generals office or your state board and ask them. If it is illegal or even inappropriate, then I would calmly begin the process of nailing the DON's hide to the wall, figurativly speaking. If this is her/his response and support of her/his nurses then he/she has no business being a directior or in my humble opinion being allowed to practice nursing.

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