what would you do????

  1. Hi all - need some opinions out there among my fellow nurses in the trench. I recently changed my job status from a full time to per diem position. The regional director (dialysis), initially told me that all I had to do was submit the request in writing, and she would be happy for me to go per diem. The clinic was sufficiently staffed at the time of my decision. One day later, she called me at home and told me that I would have to give a 2 week notice to go per diem or she would put me down as a no rehire. I questioned her at that time and she told me it was company policy. The reason for my going to a per diem position in the first place was because my DON is extremely abusive and intimidating and I felt I could no longer work under those conditions. I called our main office and was informed by human resources that the implementation of a 2 week notice was at the "discretion" of my DON. It was not policy! So, to make a long story short, I ended up quitting without notice. I feel bad about it because I truly liked the dialysis field - but could not work in that particular clinic any longer. Would appreciate your thoughts on this - and have any of you experienced similar situations?????Thanks.
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  3. by   colleen10
    Hi Gambro,

    Sounds like you go the short end of the stick. Although it may have been corporate policy that such a decision is at the discretion of the DON, surely the HR manager must have realized that it was inappropriate for that person to make the decision since that was the whole reason you were leaving.

    Having experience in HR, this was a major over sight on the HR reps. part.

    I do hope you find another position that you like.

    Col
  4. by   renerian
    I really hate when they add the decision making ability to the supervisor because in cases where you do not get along with your supervisor they leave you in an uncomfortable working relationship longer. I also don't like to leave without notice but I have when I felt conditions were bad.

    renerian
  5. by   ceecel.dee
    A two week notice is pretty standard in any job, isn't it? Covering the shifts you were scheduled for takes some time. Our place likes a 2 month notice, but at least expects you to work through the hours you've been scheduled.

    Oh well.....on to a better fit for you hopefully!
  6. by   Youda
    Does the facility have a grievance procedure?
    You essentially quit because of the behavior of your DON, who then further harassed you by arbitrarily demanding a 2-weekw notice accompanied with a threat of "no-hire." See if you can take the complaint up the ladder. A word of warning, though, usually the higher-ups tend to believe the DON who by now has made you look like a total idiot to justify her treatment of you, and you can bet her bad behavior is never witnesseed by HER bosses! But, it's worth a try to file a grievance.
  7. by   canoehead
    Two weeks notice seems reasonable to me, for all of the above reasons. To compromise you could have gone per diem immediately, but with a commitment to work all you scheduled shifts for 2 weeks. That would give the coverage your boss wanted, and the extra money a per diem staff makes for you.
  8. by   dynamicfigure
    It strikes me that you have something that an attorney who specializes in Employment Law would like to hear. I personally am no fan of Lawyers, but I am not a fan of someone getting shafted either. Employment law itself is quite tricky, but there is such a thing as a "verbal contract" of employment that it strikes me your boss engaged you in initially. I don't know if it has enough behind it to stand up in court, but if someone else heard the initial offer made to you and was willing to take your side then you could have a case. Check and see...
  9. by   sunnygirl272
    i'm with ceecel and canoe....
  10. by   Q.
    I agree with Ceceel and Canoe. When I changed from full time to per diem, I did so immediately but finished working my full time scheduled hours for 3 weeks, to allow for scheduling changes. I don't know your DON, but I guess I would have given the 2 weeks and happily been on my way to per diem scheduling. Even if it was up to the DON's discretion, the 2 week notice is more so for the convenience of your fellow staff more than anything.
  11. by   zudy
    Is it just me, or is everyone( or at least 75%) of the people in nursing management just absolutely crazy?!?!?? Why do so many of thaem make life for the staff, themselves, and ultimely, the pts so difficult? I used to think it was just ME until I started posting here. Does anyone wonder there is a shortage by the way we are treated by these idiots? gambro, at least you got away from THIS one. hope it gets better.
  12. by   pediatric nurse
    Originally posted by gambroRN
    Hi all - need some opinions out there among my fellow nurses in the trench. I recently changed my job status from a full time to per diem position. The regional director (dialysis), initially told me that all I had to do was submit the request in writing, and she would be happy for me to go per diem. The clinic was sufficiently staffed at the time of my decision. One day later, she called me at home and told me that I would have to give a 2 week notice to go per diem or she would put me down as a no rehire. I questioned her at that time and she told me it was company policy. The reason for my going to a per diem position in the first place was because my DON is extremely abusive and intimidating and I felt I could no longer work under those conditions. I called our main office and was informed by human resources that the implementation of a 2 week notice was at the "discretion" of my DON. It was not policy! So, to make a long story short, I ended up quitting without notice. I feel bad about it because I truly liked the dialysis field - but could not work in that particular clinic any longer. Would appreciate your thoughts on this - and have any of you experienced similar situations?????Thanks.
  13. by   gambroRN
    Just an update for those of you who took the time to reply (I appreciate your views!!!). Florida is a "right to work" state and when you are employed, you are an "at will" employee. Meaning that the employer can let you go at any time, for no reason whatsoever. No notice - no nothing !!! From what I have been hearing - they can pretty much do whatever they want to do down here. My fellow coworkers are also scanning the help wanteds - they feel the need to remove themselves from the situation as well. I was probably in a better position to do so than most - but people can only take so much before they If start seriously looking for another job. Youda's poll on workplace bullying really hit home with me - the timing couldn't have been better. I felt like I was reading a personality profile of my DON.
    Oh well - on to better things (hopefully). If the nursing situation doesn't improve soon - I think I'll look for a job down here counting turtle eggs on the beach Thanks to all for your opinions - you're the best:kiss

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