Assignment Despite Objection Form

  1. Oh, snap!
    Check out thie Assignment-Despite-Objection form at the UAN nursing union site? Does anyone think it would save a license? I am sure it could loose a job! I, for one, though, think it is about time someone came up with this. woo hoo!
    Last edit by rabbitgirrl on Feb 19, '09
  2. Visit rabbitgirrl profile page

    About rabbitgirrl

    Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 141; Likes: 289
    from US
    Specialty: Stepdown, ECF, Agency


  3. by   TiffyRN
    This looks great. Texas State Board has a similar form called "Safe Harbor", when it's called and filled out it is supposed to offer protection to the nurse who has raised a concern. I don't have personal knowledge of how that has worked out if the worst happened (poor outcome due to safety concerns).

    I do know that at the facilities I have worked at, threatening to call "Safe Harbor" usually produces some kind of result. Mostly because it's a ton of paperwork for the hospital and they must undergo peer review if the process is actually initiated.
  4. by   BradleyRN
    I have seen a few versions of this type of document. It may work in a few states, but i would guess that in most it may as well say "Please Show me to the Door Before my Trouble Making Ways Spread to Others".
    Last edit by BradleyRN on Feb 19, '09
  5. by   JazzyRN
    We used a similar form in my old job in NYC. It was called the protest of assignment form. People would still take the assignment, but where it becomes useful is if a bad outcome or event occurs, it should save you from personal responsibility and the hospital management will really have some big explaining to do. I think its great. Most hospitals in NYC have nursing unions, so there is no way someone could get fired for that.
  6. by   eriksoln
    This form was used at the hospital I had my last assignment at. It didnt get people in trouble. It was more of an internal communication, sending a message that something went wrong and the pt. load is not ideal for PG scroes and safety.

    Of course, as with everything, there are those who abuse it and it turns into something else.
  7. by   Julia RN
    We also use a protest of assignment (POA) form in my union. The professional association cautions nurses who are not covered by the union that using the form may put their job at risk.

    Our form states that the nurse is notifying management that the assignment is unsafe. There is a place on the form where the nurse can indicate whether she is accepting or refusing the assignment. I have seen situations where the nurse has refused the assignment and still kept their job- but I wouldn't think this is possible without a union behind you.

    My contract provides the process that must be followed:
    -the nurse must notify management that they are protesting the unsafe assignment
    -management must respond either in person or by phone if unable to get to the unit
    -management must sign the form (then copies go to the union, administration, and the nurse keeps one)
    -POAs are reveiwed and discussed by the union and management
    -a nurse cannot be discouraged from filling one out or suffer any reprisal for doing so

    Ultimately, the nurse is responsible for the care they give, but my state board of nursing has put in writing that they will consider the circumstances if there is a practice issue that arises during the carrying out of such an assignment and the nurse had submitted a POA at the time. So, the POA does offer some protection here.

    It also helps management share in the responsibility for the given situation. In my state, inappropriate delegation of an assignment to an RN is considered misconduct by the BON.

    We also use the information from completed POA forms when negotiating for staffing and lobbying legislators for staffing ratios.
  8. by   herring_RN
    it should be illegal to retaliate against a nurse for reporting unsafe conditions.

    the form is your proof that you notified your employer that your judgment is that the assignment is unsafe. it then becomes the employers' responsibility to act to change conditions such as shore staffing or floating you to care for patients you are not competent to care for.
    any adverse consequences of their failure to act is the responsibility of the employer not the nurse filling out the form.

    ...i indicate my acceptance of the assignment despite objection; i will despite objection attempt to carry out the assignment to the best of my professional ability. it is not my intention to refuse to accept the assignment and thus raise questions of meeting my obligations to the patient or of my refusal to obey an order, if such were given.

    however, i hereby give notice to my employer of the above facts and indicate that for the reasons listed, full responsibility for the consequences of this assignment must rest with the employer.
    copies of this form may be provided to appropriate state and federal agencies....
  9. by   Chico David RN
    Just a couple of thoughts: Obviously, these are most helpful and effective in a unionized environment, where the nurse has that sort of support and protection.
    And even in a unionized environment, they work best in a coordinated campaign to protest a recurring unsafe practice. We've done organized campaigns where there was a floor that was recurrently getting out of safe ratios, etc, getting every nurse to fill one out every time things went over the line. This has two benefits - keeps any one nurse from being targetted as a troublemaker, and builds a really impressive looking paper trail that starts to make managers very nervous. Tends to get results.
  10. by   nicurn001
    An ADO ( or equivalent ), gets attention usually because it documents a patient care deficiency , it transfers liability to the facility and it is a discoverable document ( in case of legal action , it has to be disclosed , wheras many other facility forms are simply internal documents to cover the facilities R's)
  11. by   lindarn
    Quote from nicurn001
    An ADO ( or equivalent ), gets attention usually because it documents a patient care deficiency , it transfers liability to the facility and it is a discoverable document ( in case of legal action , it has to be disclosed , wheras many other facility forms are simply internal documents to cover the facilities R's)
    I hope that the nurses are making copies of these forms in case they "mistakenly disappear". You know how that happens.
    JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  12. by   nicurn001
    the procedure at our facility , is we give one copy to the nursing supervisor , keep one copy ourselves and send the other to the union .If for whatever reason the form goes missing , or even if the supervisor doesn't accept it , it is still a discoverable document , which the facility would have to explain the dissapearance of .
  13. by   mdfog10
    Management loves to say " this is the first time I have heard of this problem", etc. Not only have we used ADOs for all the reasons mentioned, we have been able to use the senarios and quotes from nursing managers/night supervisors in our bargaining.