UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses - page 2

UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses in the last three months and is investigating a union activist who sought information about one of the dismissals, according to the nurses union. Eight of... Read More

  1. by   TrudyRN
    I wonder why the nurse felt she had to go on and put stuff in the chart. That is the last place to ever chart controversies, as we have all been taught.
  2. by   leslymill

    I wonder why the nurse felt she had to go on and put stuff in the chart. That is the last place to ever chart controversies, as we have all been taught.
    Repeatedly
  3. by   bluesky
    Maybe the charge nurse told her to chart it. That happened to me once. I was involved in a "controversy" and both the charge RN and other RNs on the floor told me to chart it. So I did and was later completely punished for it by management. They said I should have 'known better" and defied the charge nurse.
  4. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from bluesky
    Maybe the charge nurse told her to chart it. That happened to me once. I was involved in a "controversy" and both the charge RN and other RNs on the floor told me to chart it. So I did and was later completely punished for it by management. They said I should have 'known better" and defied the charge nurse.
    Was the Charge punished in any way? Or did they protect their own and throw you to the wolves?

    I was told to write everybody up for leaving med rooms unlocked, for nurses leaving narc keys in a drawer instead of carrying them on their person, tardiness, and so on, instead of following my instinct to talk with people about these problems first. Just doing a verbal, low level talk seems most correct to me, instead of writing people up immediately. I feared the boss would be mad if I didn't write but then everyone hated me for writing, of course, including, I think, the boss! Can you say "bully"?:angryfire:angryfire
  5. by   Rage
    Question is......how long will it be before JACHO becomes involved.
  6. by   pawashrn
    Hearing only one side of the story. did these nurses have a history of disobedience and "toublemaking". The patient's chart is not a vice for the nurse to vent their feelings. chart the facts, not your feelings or opinions. This is the patient's record, not ours. We have proper avenues and ladders to express problems within an institution. If these people were using their heads. Their statements in a patients chart could have cause a major law suit causing the hospital to have to close it's doors. Then you would have hundreds of nurse and a community out of work. Think before you write. Just the facts, JTF's
  7. by   leslymill
    Well it was a fact......the doses sent by pharmacy were wrong.

    Don't get me wrong though. An occurance report is the place most facilties policy has set up to document those findings.
    Last edit by leslymill on Nov 5, '07 : Reason: addendum
  8. by   teeituptom
    UCI has some very good points. Like any other large institution it has a few problems.
  9. by   deehaverrn
    don't think that she should have been fired for putting the problem in the chart, but if i put things in the chart every time the pharmacy sent the wrong dose or even the wrong medication...i'd be charting all year..and for no good reason. i would think that they might have an incident form which should have been used or even a phoneline to make a verbal report.
    one thing that i was upset about getting cited on my evaluation for...our computerized medication administration system had some glitches...when you must give a med late or even not give it there is a place to mark a reason (med not available -arrgh pharmacy. pt refusal, N/V, NPo, etc...) HOWEVER the nurse manager just receives a report that says.that you gave x number of meds late or x number of meds not given in that month-long period...it doesn't include ANY reason, however justified, when I complained because pharmacy will enter a new medication in the computer for a certain time but neglect to send the actual medication to the floor in order for it to be given on time..pharmacy thinks its not a problem because we can just give it whenever it arrives (of course that would mean we're standing right at the tube and have nothing else to do), and they all refuse to acknowledge that we, nurses, are getting bad evaluations because of it...plus since it won't "show up" as LATE for the next shift, it is possible for the dose to be completely missed yet we were told to only pull up and administer meds for our own shift. Yeah, I think this system is definitely soooo much safer!?! If the pharmacy and the educational nurses would just listen to those of us who actually use the system..we could probably fix the problems, but they don't really care what we have to say.

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