I am a new grad and new nurse manager. We have a nurse working with us who has 18 years experience. He works 2nd shift which starts at 2:30pm. Probably 85% of the time he is late (arrives at 3:00 or later, sometimes up to 2 hours late). In the last month he has called in sick less than an hour before his shift starts 3 times. I have talked to him about his tardiness at least 4 times since December.
He is very very smart and has great assessment skills. He is NOT very good with computers, which causes a problem when it comes to documentation since our system is computerized. He does not always chart on patients, even when I know something has happened to them on his shift.
The other nurses avoid working the shift before him because they can pretty much guarantee that they will have to stay late waiting for him to show up, and they don't like to be on-call when he is working, knowing that he has a high tendency to call in sick.
Ordinarily I would have no problem with letting him go, but my facility is down 3 full time nursing positions (and we only have 7 positions available). We unfortunately depend on agency nurses a ton which really impacts continuity of care.
What should I do?