Sexual Harassment? - page 3

We had an interesting situation on our unit and I would like to get some the opinions from some of you regarding this issue. I work on a 34 bed med surg ortho unit as the charge nurse. We had a CNA... Read More

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    The sad thing is that this man's behavior wasn't addressed much earlier in the game. I'm guessing that no one said anything because his antics seemed entertaining and light-hearted. His coworkers and bosses may have assumed (wrongly) that he understood appropriate boundaries and would stop short of impropriety, making it safe to allow him a little leeway. Especially if he made the patients smile.

    If his behavior invited only laughter and joking, how would he know he was treading on thin ice?

    I don't like the thought of a draconian workplace where every vestige of personality and individuality is stamped out in the name of political correctness, but surely, knowing this man was from a different culture, a manager or supervisor should have taken him aside and made certain that he understood the boundaries of this culture and this setting--that you can go so far and no farther without trashing ethics and risking your job.

    The egregious nature of his offenses and his lack of cooperation in the investigation may indeed require his permanent dismissal, but this is a really unfortunate outcome.

    On the other hand, if he was warned and still tried to make a date with a patient's wife over the man's hospitalized body, then I have little sympathy for him and hope he learns from this exercise in extremely poor judgment.


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