I am a waitlisted nursing student working as a phlebotomist. I achieved my CMA waiting to get into nursing school and also gained 2 years of in home caregiving experience. Since working in the hospital environment I have experienced caddy cliques of women who ignored me daily and then who complained about me to my supervisor for not working fast enough. And these same women would argue, screaming around patients at one another. As well discuss pumping their breast milk and how big they thought their behinds were on a daily basis.Now I am in an inpatient environment working at nights. I had brought a half-sized notebook to track my speed of draws per room and random information I needed to know for the job. An anonymous person emailed my supervisor claiming I was journaling about patients and violating HIPAA. Needless to say I do not bring a nitebook to work anymore.A week or two later an incident was filed because I Left a tourniquet in someones bed untightened. Finally a week later I was told that a couple patients complained that I hurt them and they excessively bruised from their blood draws and nurses said I was yelling at patients which is ridiculous. But I lost my job anyway. It seems like anyone..a random nurse or someone that you dont even come into contact can say anything about you and you lose all that you have worked so hard for. Why should I even bother working hard in nursing school to end up in this kind of work environment? I am trying to get into healthare beause I am a cancer survivor not looking for this kind of drama. Nor would I take good patient care for granted and ever do things I have been accused of..hurting and yelling...absurd.
With all that is out there today in the media, all the campaigning on legislators part, all the reporting of the tragedies related to bullying, what is the matter with these people who continue- are they stupid, are they having difficulty understanding the material. I know I just stopped working an private outpatient clinic in acity where i live by the bullying I got as a new employee was beyond belief- talk about childish stupidity. I think 1/2 of them are too stupid to understand the material presented. They are little school girl mentality. They don't belong working in healthcare because they bullyied the patients also. They didn't like a patient- they wouldn't give them an appointment or would cancel their appointment, not notify the patient and in comes the patient, Transportation was an issue for most of the patients in this clinic. I know what i'm doing with the information- giong straight to the DOH and the BON. With all my years in and around these healthcare facilites- I knew enough to get names, dates and times. I can't wait for the other shoe to drop!
Phleb- you don't really think they thought you were violating HIPPA do you? I think they used that an a ligitimate excuse. I think they knew you were taking notes on their behavior and antics and ran to the higher ups out of fear of what you might be writing about them to protect themselves. I'll take it one step farther and say that the managment was protecting them and the facility( from a lawsuit) by getting rid of you. making it out to be your fault.
If I am reading your post correctly;
Do you remember leaving a tourniquet? That's how you know when the guilty parties are starting to be afraid their actions are going to bite them!! Ask your self-what's wrong with this picture? Bullys are very clever in covering their own tracks. Go on to the eeoc.gov website and read up on the types of discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, and termination. Go onto your State department of labor and workforce developement website- you can even file a complaint with the dept of labor. Readup on unemployment- I think most of thate's now- you apply on line for unemployment. Re examine your experience in that place. Take your documentation and send it to what ever governement authority it belongs with- EEOC, state labor dept, Dept of health or all 3. Make a complaint! What have you got to loose- nothing. Bullying in the workplace is against the law, So is hostile working environment, wrongful termination, concentual discharge/forced resignation. You need to speak with the unemployment office also Poor work performance and termination for such due to "on the job" harassment is grounds for collecting unemployment.
In this day and age with the unemplyment rate and the financial struggling going on in this country- do not let them get away with this. That doesn't help anything. it just keeps this crap going on and on. I don't know how old you are but my thoughts are this- now a days, young people today either don't think it's worth it, or too intimidated to do so, just let it go and move on and do not speak out against these social injustices and look at where it has got this country . people like that are walking all over the Joe Publics, the masses, who are now wondering where their next meal is coming from. Sit down and no mattr how strssful, upsetting and gut wrenching it is- re examine those notes you took. JMHO from some one who's been there- more than once!!
Now you know what it's like in the hospital environment- Why all these new grads are doing back flips to get an hospital position- is beyond me. Maybe God is sparing them by them having a tough time getting into the hospitals. perhaps the hospital environments will all implode due to lack of funding, short staffing no one wants to work in, and cease to exist- patient's will seek care outpatient and the hospital as the "it" environment will become obsolete.
Last edit by kcmylorn on Jul 26, '12
Jul 26, '12
Because I have been a pre RN student and am an AAMA Certified Medical Assistant I am sure I didnt violate HIPAA. I would have gladly opened my notebook to anyone to prove it. Yet it was still brought to THE lab manager that I was "journaling" about patients and violating HIPAA this was done on my second day. Odd since the notebook was on my person at all times and no one read it but myself. But somehow someone knew It had confidential information in it? False! A nurse reported the left tourniquet. I know it was loosened. Imwas told it was also. Its not shocking it happened. Sometimes patients would turn their own light out or cover themselves up as I walked across the room throwing away the sharp which was mounted on the wall. We didnt have a portable sharps container we could use. So if i had trash, tubes and needle in my hand the tourniquet may have been left in that instance. Especially if patient was asleep and i needed both hands to lift their arm or for whatever reason patient not too helpful in removing tourniquet from under their arm. Was an incident report necessary? This is a subject I am not familiar with.I am to be reassigned to a different hospital after speaking with an offsite supervisor. But these baseless accusations dont have me too keen on rushing back to work in such an environment. Although I do realize there was some sort of sick environment it doents lessen the sting that I was accused of yelling at patients or that I hurt them because they have excessive bruises from their blood draws. As if I was meaning to do harm? Firstly most of these patients already had a lot of bruising. More than I had ever encountered in the past. Secondly, since when do patients enjoy getting their blood drawn-its going to hurt!? Thirdly how am I supposed to protect myself in the future when all I do is stick people with needles for hours at work? Anyone can complain at anytime and there goes my job?And Im really second guessing going to nursing school now. Perhaps nursing outside of the hospital setting would be much better?
Last edit by Phlebandcma2rn on Jul 26, '12