nurse coming to work drunk

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    Recently one of the nurses on our unit came in drunk. She looked like she'd slept in her clothes, had foul breath, and was nauseous & pale. The nurse manager is her friend, and she put her in a room at the end of the hall, started fluids on her & gave her antiemetics- all on the clock. 3 hours later she felt better & was allowed to work the rest of the 12 hour shift, but was essentially useless. The rest of us felt very uncomfortable with this situation, and we wanted to report it, however, this nurse has been protected by the NM for a long time, and others have complained in the past- all the way to the top, to no avail. There is no one we can go to, & we all fear retaliation from the NM. Is this reportable to the BON? What is your take on this?
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    SERIOUSLY?? Are you sure she was drunk? I would report that to the BON, that's bogus.
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    I would consult the BON ONLY after the chain of command is not attempting to pursue the matter. You can state that you were uncomfortable and your concern based on the Nurses's and patients safety.
    MBARNBSN, timmedico, nrsang97, and 2 others like this.
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    Personally, I would report a safety violation to the Risk Management Officer of your hospital. Impaired nurses pose a huge risk to patients and to the facility.
    Hoozdo, tewdles, LexRaven, and 8 others like this.
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    Do you have proof the nurse was drunk? What you described could also be symptoms of an illness, and the nurse simply didn't want to call off. Second, what the nurse manager did needs reported as well- who gave the orders for the IV fluids and medications? No orders = practicing medicine without a license. Who paid for them? Not paying = stealing from the hospital. What you should do is report this situation (both parts) up the chain of command, with the support of other witnesses and any evidence you have.
    LexRaven, RxOnly, al586, and 24 others like this.
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    No, we have no proof, although she did say she'd been out drinking all night & just came to work. (not sure that's good enough since her BFF is the manager)
    AcadianOfMaineNP likes this.
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    Sounds like someone who wasn't well enough to work, but at the same time it doesn't sound like we can assume she was drunk at work, it sounds like she drank the night before work and is now suffering the effects.
    psu_213, DizzyLizzyNurse, timmedico, and 6 others like this.
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    Sweet Wild Rose us correct...there are BOTH in serious trouble. If you have Risk Management, you usually can report anonymously EVERYTHING and they will start to investigate.
    timmedico, joanna73, itsmejuli, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from Sweet_Wild_Rose
    Do you have proof the nurse was drunk? What you described could also be symptoms of an illness, and the nurse simply didn't want to call off. Second, what the nurse manager did needs reported as well- who gave the orders for the IV fluids and medications? No orders = practicing medicine without a license. Who paid for them? Not paying = stealing from the hospital. What you should do is report this situation (both parts) up the chain of command, with the support of other witnesses and any evidence you have.
    I was thinking the same thing. Who wrote the orders for fluids and nausea meds?
    LexRaven, timmedico, and gummi bear like this.
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    No orders for meds, the NM just gave them, as well as fluids, no orders. The nurse acted drunk, she said it had been 2 hours since she'd had her last drink, if so, she must've been plastered b/c she did indeed appear impaired!


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