Dear Nurse Beth,
I have been advised I am being placed on a PIP. I am very angry and feel it is unnecessary. I want to seek legal counsel and direct my issues and concerns to the very top person I can. How should I begin?
Dear Placed on PIP,
It's natural to feel anger when you believe you're being treated unfairly. It's important to channel those feelings constructively and in ways that will help you.
If you have a union, definitely start with your union representative. Your union rep can accompany you to all disciplinary meetings and serve as your advocate.
Without knowing the details, legal counsel will only help if the law was violated. For example, if you were discriminated against or fired unfairly. Are you sure you want to pursue legal action against your employer, or are you planning to quit?
If this is a legitimate performance improvement plan, then you should have been given actionable and measurable goals. Focus on the goals and how you can meet them to satisfy the concern.
Read What to Do if You've Been Given a Warning.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!