it seems like there is always comments stating poor nursing judgment along with other comments
lil-hosp.usa. . .here's how you handle this situation intelligently. on your written evaluation is a section at the bottom for your written comments. you merely state the following: "no specific incidents of my poor nursing judgment (or any other subject area that this was done in) were provided. therefore, i have to disagree with that assessment. i feel it is biased, unfair and grounded in subjective statements of coworkers rather than based upon any solid evidence. not only that, but this is the first i am being told of this. if any specific performance of mine is lacking in some way i expect to be told about it at the time it occurs, not at my yearly evaluation when i cannot recall or remember specific details." if your manager is able to come up with detailed information, insist that he/she discuss it separately from the yearly assessment. make them prove every word they are saying. if you disagree with the facts of an incident, state that. if you want time to compose a longer answer, don't sign the form right then, or sign the form but make a notation in the comment section at the bottom of the evaluation that a letter detailing your objections will be submitted in a day or two and you expect it to be attached to the evaluation. that way anyone reading the evalution later on will be looking for the letter. keep copies of it. get a copy of your evaluation. you are entitled to it.
the yearly eval is not the time when specific incidents should be discussed anyway other than to mention that they occurred and were addressed previously. nothing of a negative nature on a yearly evaluation should ever
be a surprise. praises and accolades should be the only surprises. employees should come away from evaluations with thoughtful nods of agreement and/or big smiles on their faces.
any negative comments on evaluations should be supported with evidence or documentation of the person's less than stellar performance. if that can't be provided by the manager then it is due to his/her failure to document such. make them prove every single analysis they make of your behavior on the job. these evaluations, while they never go outside the company, are looked at by other managers within the company when it comes to making decisions about transfers and promotions. ten years down the road a crappy and unfair evaluation being viewed by another manager with crappy evaluation skills will get the wrong idea about you if you don't point out the inconsistencies in what you are being accused of!
we make nursing judgments based on objective assessment data. the same applies to employee evaluations. make them stick to that. as a manager i had to write many staff evaluations. i became acutely aware of how i needed to beef up my written documentation of those employees who were doing things wrong in order to get it on their yearly evals. i would attach copies of the written disciplinary report (that had been discussed and dealt with the employee previously) that applied to any section on the yearly eval that the employee got dinged on to proved the reason for the low mark they were getting. this is one of the "headaches" that managers have to deal with. unfortunately, yours doesn't seem to have figured out how wrong she is. it's going to be up to you and other brave souls to explain it to her. depending heavily on the judgment of coworkers to write something as important as a yearly evaluation is absolutely incompetent. managers should be getting this kind of feedback throughout the year as an information tool to help them do their management job, not to write their yearly evaluations. i would be curious to know if the director of nursing permits this or is even aware that this manager is doing this. if so, then there is an even bigger problem at this place.