I have been in this dept for less than a year. Almost from the beginning, I have felt that I was not a good fit for the department. I love the nursing, but I am not a good fit. company policy requires specific 'time served' in a position before you can transfer (unless the management allows it). My unit management does not allow it.
As I have not been a nurse for long, I am always very upfront when I have questions regarding procedures or medications that I am unfamiliar with. From the beginning, when I asked questions I was frequently blown off or belittled. Overtime, I have had fewer questions, but still get rude responses when I do ask. This is the environment that I work in. This is not just one person being mean, but several managers.
About two months ago, I was called into the managers office about a blood transfusion I had administered. Long story short, 2 IVs, one for blood only, the other for ordered maintenance fluid and med drip. Pt was dehydrated, monitored regularly for fluid overload, good outcome. Management was upset that I ran the secondary line. I looked for company policy indicating that this was not acceptable, none found. I checked several other sources, including the unit educator, no indication that I had screwed up, except for in managements eyes. During this discussion, I was talked to about my time management skills.
Fast forward two months, been working on time management. I was running late one day and gave report later than I should have, I understand that this is inconvenient for the oncoming nurses. It had not happened before and I apologized.
Next thing I know I am being written up for time management, as well as patient safety and satisfaction issues! Other than the late report, I did make an error. It was not a medication error, the patient was completely alert and oriented and unharmed. However, it was a mistake and I admit that.
Included in the write up is a complaint about an issue that I was in no way involved in. I explained that to the manager, at the time I was unable to prove what I was saying because I did not have access to the pt file. Later I was able to prove to another manager that I was not involved.
The issues have been ongoing, from raised voices in front of other employees, to kicking the back of my chair when I attempted to respond to question in a meeting.
I don't want to leave the company. I do want to leave the department, and now a possible transfer is even further away than before.
Suggestions? Comments? Criticisms? I'll take anything at this point.
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I just got an invite to a webinar about this today. (Workplace Bullying vs. Workplace Conflict What We Know and What We Can Do) It seems so prevalent now. Not to hijack, but is this something I need to be prepared for? I think I'll take that webinar!
Where? Why? Pease! How do I sign up?
Last edit by miasmom on Jul 9, '13
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