Harassment and Retaliation

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    Not looking for legal advice, which I know we are not supposed to give. Plan to consult with a nursing attorney.

    I suspect that a coworker may stage an event which could be used to claim harassment by me. Wondering how I can protect myself other than trying to be wary. And looking for a definition of retaliation which I have not been able to find in employee handbooks. And wondering how to file a complaint of hostile work environment that nurse presents.

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    I would report a hostile work environment to HR. I would also follow up in writing so a paper trail gets started. If you are part of a union your rep might be able to guide you.

    What kind of situation is being set up?! How do you know?! Is there anyone with info that is willing to back you up ASAP?! Is it something that could harm a patient or cause you to lose your license?! If either of these are the case I would consider looking for another job. It's not worth the stress or pressure of living with that kind of dysfunction day after day.
    nrsang97 and medsurgrnco like this.
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    Hopefully you have already documented previous incidents and have brought them to the attention of your manager. Just keep your nose clean, and don't give anyone any reason to look at you sideways. If something does occur, be sure to document immediately while the details are still fresh in your mind.
    CaOTn96 and medsurgrnco like this.
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    Maybe I'm being naive, but perhaps the DON moving you to days is a way of protecting you. If this person is as unstable as they sound, the truth will come out.
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    I'm sorry you are going through this....It leaves me wondering...


    Why can't people act like adults?

    People like that are just the farts of society.
    Last edit by RN1982 on Sep 6, '08
    BelleKat, pagandeva2000, imanedrn, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from NancyNurse08
    Maybe I'm being naive, but perhaps the DON moving you to days is a way of protecting you. If this person is as unstable as they sound, the truth will come out.
    :yeahthat:

    Even if it's minimal, I make sure to document! (Think of it like patient document but for yourself!) I keep my own record at home of small incidents that I know aren't worth making a big deal over but may upset me -- and be a cause of concern in the future. For big concerns (only a few, but still worth noting), I e-mail my charge nurses (although I know that only 1 actually gives a hoot) so that (a) a paper trail is created and (b) it "encourages" them (in writing!) to do something about the problem. For (a), I print out a copy and leave it for the charge in addition to printing a copy for my own records.

    Best wishes on your concern!
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    Quote from ranaazha
    :yeahthat:

    Even if it's minimal, I make sure to document! (Think of it like patient document but for yourself!) I keep my own record at home of small incidents that I know aren't worth making a big deal over but may upset me -- and be a cause of concern in the future. For big concerns (only a few, but still worth noting), I e-mail my charge nurses (although I know that only 1 actually gives a hoot) so that (a) a paper trail is created and (b) it "encourages" them (in writing!) to do something about the problem. For (a), I print out a copy and leave it for the charge in addition to printing a copy for my own records.

    Best wishes on your concern!
    You have no idea how well this works!!
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    The situation is getting really bad. Can't say much here, but could in PM if anyone would like to help me more. Thanks for the replies here.
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    Quote from ranaazha
    :yeahthat:

    Even if it's minimal, I make sure to document! (Think of it like patient document but for yourself!) I keep my own record at home of small incidents that I know aren't worth making a big deal over but may upset me -- and be a cause of concern in the future. For big concerns (only a few, but still worth noting), I e-mail my charge nurses (although I know that only 1 actually gives a hoot) so that (a) a paper trail is created and (b) it "encourages" them (in writing!) to do something about the problem. For (a), I print out a copy and leave it for the charge in addition to printing a copy for my own records.
    absolutely ranaazha!!
    everything in writing.
    whether it's an email or handwritten, make your concerns known in ink.

    i can tell you, my written concerns were my saving grace when i was wrongfully terminated sev'l yrs ago.

    you'd be shocked to learn of your work buddies who suddenly don't remember a darn thing you told them.

    leslie


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