Written up for false documentation... - page 2

i work in ltc and today i was written up for false documentation. i documented in the tar that a treatment was done when it wasn't. when questioned by the supervisor i admitted that i did not do the tx d/t patient being asleep.... Read More

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    It sounds like you had a lot of problems surrounding your career and possibly personal life? It seems that you've had many issues in your previous jobs also. I think it would be in your best interest to find a position that is less stressful to you. It doesn't matter what the other nurses are not doing and documenting. What matters is your license and livelihood. LTC can be a very toxic atmosphere and it's easy to get drawn into the drama. I urge you to find a position and look within yourself to see what needs to change in your practice.
    Obviously I don't work with you or know all that's going on but maybe this is your wake up call and chance to change for the better. If you have personal issues that are carrying over into your work maybe it's time to be honest with yourself and get help with these problems.I hope it all works out for you and that you're able to use this as an opportunity to change what needs to be.

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    Before anyone take this poster seriously PLEASE go read through their "previous" situations..

    NurseLoveJoy88 sure loves to write a lot of fiction.. at least on this forum!
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    It is unlikely that you will be reported to the BON, but not impossible. Most LTC facilities do not want the bother, it could be time-consuming on their end.

    That being said - you have learned a lesson the hard way.

    Do not be surprised if you are let go at the end of the shift you are working the day that you hand in your notice. Many facilities will do that as 'damage' control. They are concerned that an unhappy employee may do some actual damage to the facility, or otherwise might be a problem. They may even escort you off of the property.

    And keep your notice as short as possible - it is not appropriate to write scathing letter - that ensures you will be asked to leave immediately. Just "This is to inform you that I will no longer be available to work here at XYZ after --/--/----, two weeks from today. Thank you for the opportunity to work here."

    Best wishes.
    Last edit by merlee on Mar 22, '12 : Reason: added a sentence
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    One thing you can do, is have the doc/NP change some of the orders.

    Scheduled APAP in the middle of the night? What the what? Have that changed to PRN. Night creams? Can that be changed to BID or something?

    I worked in a facility that had a book full of blank treatments at the end of a month and watched as a nurse filled it all in. I watched her fill in page after page of normal blood sugars that she suddenly "remembered." The manager was right there. This was such a horrible experience. Med carts that still had full drawers at the end of the week. State came, none of the culprits lost a license or a job because management was protecting them.

    Document when a med or tx is not done.

    And get out of there fast.
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    Oh wow, you sure do seem to have a monkey on your back !! You have had several jobs that you either quit or were fired from. What in the world is going on ??
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    I wish you only the best NurseloveJoy,

    It sounds like you're working under a lot of pressure, LTC is heavy and has hideous staff to resident ratio's (in my opinion).

    I think leaving with polite notice and moving on to greener pastures would be the better idea particulary if they have been firing staff lately if you're truly concerned about this.

    When it comes to your personal and professional life. I don't know, life is life and sometimes it just sucks. You can only work on what you can and aim for less stress if possible. You've always been there for other members of the site when in strife, I see no reason why not to support you back.

    You're a kind hearted warm person. I hope you find a good job that you'll be truly happy in.

    Take care and keep us updated
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    honestly, i feel sorry that you're having to go through this. however, in reading your previous posts i noticed that there seems to be a pattern a pattern of bad luck? maybe...or burnout? i can't point my finger on it. therefore, you must find a way to resolve this situation before you lose your bread & butter, not to mention your license. consequently, the ones who come out losing in this charades are the patients, because their nursing care is compromise by "false documentation". as you have noticed i'm truly concern with your dilemma...wishing you the very best always...aloha~
    Last edit by GitanoRN on Mar 22, '12
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    Quote from hey_suz
    One thing you can do, is have the doc/NP change some of the orders.

    Scheduled APAP in the middle of the night? What the what? Have that changed to PRN. Night creams? Can that be changed to BID or something?

    I worked in a facility that had a book full of blank treatments at the end of a month and watched as a nurse filled it all in. I watched her fill in page after page of normal blood sugars that she suddenly "remembered." The manager was right there. This was such a horrible experience. Med carts that still had full drawers at the end of the week. State came, none of the culprits lost a license or a job because management was protecting them.

    Document when a med or tx is not done.

    And get out of there fast.
    I have already done this. Last night I assessed every resident with a treatment and today (if I still have a job) I plan to get several orders reduced to PRN and d/c'd. Some of these treatments were written a year ago and the problem have been resolved. I know these treatments are done because there were no medicated creams/lotions in the cart.
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    This happened to a coworker of mine at a LTCF...Id try and find something else..too many ppl fired in such a short time is not a good sign of a place to work at. Wishing u the best of luck finding a place that will be safer to work at.
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    Quote from Sun0408
    Oh wow, you sure do seem to have a monkey on your back !! You have had several jobs that you either quit or were fired from. What in the world is going on ??
    I don't think I have monkey's on my back. I just think I need to step out on faith and consider a different area of nursing. Honestly, I've been fired from one job... unrelated to patient care and yes I've quit a few. While in nursing school it was very hard to hold onto a job with my schedule changing every 7 weeks.
    I think I'm going to go back to school nursing for a while. I enjoyed that and have been doing that for 6 years.
    JacknSweetpea, Gold_SJ, and imintrouble like this.


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