Employer claims i gave wrong injection -No details given and asked to work Admin Job

  1. Hello,

    I went to work this morning and was told by my Manager that they have cancelled all my appoints for the day because i gave a wrong injection in past which patient has complained about.

    They told me that they will be only allow me to do Admin duties till further notice.
    I asked them to provide details about the wrong injection incident and they didnt share anything with me and forcing me to work Admin work.

    I was on Maternity leave for 12 months and came back to work last month and as i am again pregnant i was planning to work till my due date and take maternity leave again.
    My Doctor did write a note to employer about modified duties.


    Can you please clarify if i have the right to get details on my employer claim of wrong injection. Also in Ontario what's the typical procedure if any which an employer can follow, is it a warning, further training, incident report, force to do admin work, job loss etc...

    I have been working as an Nurse for almost 12+ years now and this have never happened to me and must say this is causing undue stress during my pregnancy.

    I will really appreciate if you could give some advise on this situation and possible options as an employee.

    Thanks in advance.
    GL
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Flatline
    I would imagine that they do not want to share details until they are further along in the investigation which actually sounds really professional to me. I imagine once they verify the complaint they will interview you about the issue as well and then all will become clear.
  4. by   gurjeets
    Thanks for the quick response, much appreciated.

    Can i ask for your advise on my possible next steps:
    1. Take the Admin job (which i dont want to till they share with me what happened)
    2. Contact a labour lawyer
    3. Keep on working as a Nurse till they provide further information.

    The timing of this is questionable, as last week I met with Company senior management because they were refusing to start my pension buy back process (Maternity leave). They told me that they dont participate in Pension buy back and asked me to make contributions on my own. I called pension provider and they told me that as per policy "Emplyer" can not refuse it and will have to participate in that. Pension provider gave me a written document explaining the policy. When i showed the letter to HR, she said No and ask me to speak to companies CEO. So last week i had a meeting with company CEO and showed the letter, she told me that nobody in the company has asked for this before and it shoudnt make huge difference in my pension. Though i inisisted that i want to participate in pension buyback and want employer to pay their share.

    Friday i was off and today i went to work and got this Wrong injection news..

    Not sure if they can be related but to me timing is little odd. Thats the reason i asked to provide me information on Wrong injection and they refused.
  5. by   Flatline
    Quote from gurjeets
    Thanks for the quick response, much appreciated.

    Can i ask for your advise on my possible next steps:
    1. Take the Admin job (which i dont want to till they share with me what happened)
    2. Contact a labour lawyer
    3. Keep on working as a Nurse till they provide further information.

    The timing of this is questionable, as last week I met with Company senior management because they were refusing to start my pension buy back process (Maternity leave). They told me that they dont participate in Pension buy back and asked me to make contributions on my own. I called pension provider and they told me that as per policy "Emplyer" can not refuse it and will have to participate in that. Pension provider gave me a written document explaining the policy. When i showed the letter to HR, she said No and ask me to speak to companies CEO. So last week i had a meeting with company CEO and showed the letter, she told me that nobody in the company has asked for this before and it shoudnt make huge difference in my pension. Though i inisisted that i want to participate in pension buyback and want employer to pay their share.

    Friday i was off and today i went to work and got this Wrong injection news..

    Not sure if they can be related but to me timing is little odd. Thats the reason i asked to provide me information on Wrong injection and they refused.
    1. Are you being assigned a new job or are they simply giving you non-patient care duties until they assess the situation?

    2. I wouldn't until you know that there is actually an issue.

    3. I would do as I was told until I found out more.

    I would recommend not mixing the issues or imaging monsters. Keep an eye open but be careful not to attribute malice to prudence.
  6. by   gurjeets
    Thanks again, they are assigning me Admin job starting today and have not given me any details on the investigation/complain or the time lines to complete the investigation.

    I expected them to give me incident details and explain the process.
    Do the employer have this obligation before they can assign me non medical work
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Nursing in Canada forum
  8. by   Castiela
    If your job is covered by the Ontario nurses Union, I would contact your union rep and find out what you rights/ employer responsibilities are
  9. by   gurjeets
    This job position is Non Union, so dont have that option.
  10. by   RN_Pro
    I don't think there is any harm in contacting your lawyer. Would be good to get perspective on normal process of investigation. for example, whether it is 'normal' for them not to give you any info or whether they have that right. A letter from a lawyer may be required to get that information from them. They might assume you know nothing about the rules and therefore will string you along. I agree with the other poster that you don't want to assume malice, but at the same time, you have to look out for yourself and your license. HR works for the company, not the employer. In ALL cases.
  11. by   dishes
    Your doctor wrote a note for you to be on modified duties and you have been assigned administrative work, the employer placed you on administrative duties pending investigation of a patient complaint, but in this case being assigned administrative work is a reasonable option for both you and the employer. As far as investigations into patient complaints when you are not under a union the investigation practice will depend on the employer's policy.
    Most employers will view an employee who not only has back to back pregnancies, (both with 12 month maternity leaves that the employer pays for) but who also wants the employer to buyback the pension for the time the employee was not contributing to it, as not worth the cost to the employer. Just so you know, nurses who are in unionized positions have to pay for pension buybacks themselves, it's not usually the employer's responsibility to pay for buybacks.
    Last edit by dishes on Dec 24, '17
  12. by   Fiona59
    Effective January, mat leave can be either 12 or 18 months, so the employer hasn't got a clue what this nurse will chose to do.

    We have the same issue right now. Someone came back from mat leave two months early (and three months pregnant) and will be on mat leave by March. All I can say, is the person who was her cover during her first leave is upset. The manager isn't happy and the pregnant one keeps going on about how many more hours she needs to work to qualify for mat leave pay.

    It really makes you wonder how people survived when there was shorter mat leaves back in the 80s or even down in the US who doesn't have a mat leave programme.

    When you are non-union, your employer pretty much can play by their rules and enforce them whenever they chose to.

    How long has the OP been with this company might have something to do with issue.
  13. by   caliotter3
    If I were the employer, notwithstanding the rules, I would be looking at viable ways to rid myself of an employee who I see as only working to obtain back to back benefits. Not an asset as I see it. Don't be surprised if the end result of all of this is your employment ending, if the employer can find a way. If not now, as soon as possible.

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