Hi nurse managers. I'm in need of some advice here. I'm new to the floor I'm working on and I find that I'm being called to the NM office for strange things like "You left your coffee cup in the breakroom when you went home."
It turns out that one particular nurse is reporting things that never seem to be involved with any patient care or safety issues. I feel like I am being singled out for things that everyone occasionally does.
I don't argue with my NM since, for example, I did forget my coffee cup. I am under the impression that anything I say will be viewed as making excuses. i just apologize and try not to do anything that will end up with me in her office again.
The result is that I am completely anxiety ridden and paranoid about even the tiniest things. Any advice on how to approach this?
I'm not a nurse manager, but I have 25 years' experience.
1. Do you have a union? If you do, get them involved right away, and never appear before management without them.
2. Document, document, document!! Write everything down each time you are disciplined, It's sounds like you are being harassed, and sufficient documentation will prove it. Also, you have a right to see your employee file; ask to see how they have been documenting these issues in your file, and demand to put clarifications in if needed.
3. Talk to a lawyer if the harassment doesn't stop. Are you possibly being harassed for racial, ethnic, or other reasons?
4. Let your manager know that you are aware of what is happening and that you hold management responsible if the harassment doesn't stop; put it in writing, but state only the facts.
5. If you have any friends in the workplace, ask them if they see your situation the same way you do. Are you over-reacting?
PS: They might just be testing you if you're new.
Last edit by ddunnrn on Aug 17, '11
: Reason: clarification