Quote from txdon
More than half of my staff are wearing artificial nails with outlandish nail polish. This is not allowed per policy but the staff has gotten away with it for years. Not only is this against policy, but the risk of infection increases, not to mention the lack of professionalism. Any suggestions on how to enforce this?
I'd take a multi-step approach but set myself a 30 day deadline for compliance.
Start by posting the policy prominently by the time clock with a notation that it is an existing policy that will be enforced and that compliance needs to be achieved by x date.
Incorporate discussion of the policy and the deadline into staff meetings, have each employee sign a copy of the policy and an attached memo that includes a deadline for compliance and the progressive discipline). Track down every employee who dodges the meeting, inservice 1:1 and obtain their signature.
This is a great opportunity to give everyone a brand new copy of the employee handbook (even better if it also includes the policy barring artificial nails on clinical staff) and have them sign an acknowledgment that they have received and read it.
On day 30 start sending people home, failure to comply by their next scheduled shift is grounds for termination.
Following a consistent and systematic process should establish progressive discipline.
There is a certain crowd that you're going to be unpopular with but infection control policies aren't optional, if they want to quit over having to remove their nails so be it, wish them well in their future endeavors.
Going forward include a seperate copy of the policy to be signed as part of every orientation packet (at least for the next year or so).