Do you guys write ancedotals on each other? - page 2

Our unit manager wants us to write ancedotals on each other is you find someone isn't consistently following protocols, shift charting, etc. I have bad feelings about this and feel it will get out... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It IS silly and demeaning. I still suggest the "interesting facts you did not know" board. BUILD morale, don't TEAR IT DOWN!
  2. by   whipping girl in 07
    We have something like this in our unit, but no one ever uses them that I've seen in the six months I've worked there. I used one a few weeks ago for one of my co-workers (joking, of course) and hung it on his locker. It was totally nit-picky and very funny; however, some of my co-workers actually thought it was real!!

    I'm going to suggest that very thing to my supervisor this week. We need something to build up morale on the unit!

  4. by   RNforLongTime

    That sounds like a sure way to get nurses to quit. We all know that there are certain co-workers out there that like to run to management every time something is wrong! It will only lead to backstabbing and bring down morale.

    Talk to your fellow nurses about this! Write up Nice things about one another. We are all in the boat together and it takes all of us to ROW THE BOAT to acheive our goal, which should be quality patient care!

    I like the idea of the board that shows our co workers the "other side" of our lives outside of nursing.
  5. by   susanmary
    Very unprofessional, hurtful, and staff splitting. I would NOT write ancedotals on fellow health care team members. If I have had questions/concerned, I addressed them with the individual. Period. I would not participate in this punitive action.

    Management should do their job. I am even against peer reviews -- have witnessed too many hurt feelings. Nursing is a profession -- we are professionals and should be treated as such.

    Thought some of the positive suggestions in this post were great. The overwhelming responses have been to BUILD up morale/teamwork NOT break it apart. Seems so simple, doesn't it?
  6. by   live4today
    Originally posted by WashYaHands
    turn the tables on them. Get together with the other staff and only write positive things about eachother, then turn those in.

    Now that's using one's noggin! Hooray for this idea!
  7. by   -jt
    Knowing some of the nurses I work with, I would hesitate to even write up good anecdotals listing the positiives because I know that eventually, these will start to turn negative once people get into the habit of writing each other up. Id be more comfortable if they didnt write anything at all & just blasted the whole idea. They could always write their own letter nominating a colleague for employee of the month if they felt that strongly about writing positives.
  8. by   -jt
    <AT one point the suits were trying to have all staff nurses viewed as supervisors so we couldn't unionize. Supreme Court sided with us that time!>
    <Where did you get that idea? The Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Kentucky River Community Care Inc., upheld a lower court ruling that staff nurses were supervisors and thus ineligible to join a union. Is there a more recent case on point?>

    In a way the court did side with us in that it refused to say that ALL nurses everywhere are supervisors. It made its ruling only on that one group of nurses at that one facility in Kentucky & said all other facilities would have to prove their own cases if they want to say their nurses act in supervisory roles. We can expect more facilities will try to slip in more of the managers job into our job descriptions & then use that to help make their case & de-unionize us, so unionized nurses are very wary of what new responsibilities they are asked to assume. Because of this, being given the ability to write up co-workers sets off alarms for us & we'd most likely respond with "No thanks. Thats a mangers job".
    Last edit by -jt on Jun 10, '02
  9. by   OrthoNutter
    Yeah we have's called a "communication book". Otherwise known as Someone's ***** book because there is one person consistently writing in it. You would think that she would be a perfect nurse but she's less than perfect. You would think that the fact that the rest of us don't have TIME to be writing huge messages in the communication book about each other's shortcomings would tell her something about the kind of job she must be doing.
  10. by   cmggriff
    In a word, No. Gary
  11. by   prn nurse
    I looked to see where you were from. ... Tell them in an anonymous letter to "grow up!" I think you could send a copy of that memo to your state board. You might be surprised at what all falls into the state boards basket. When someone at your hospital gets reported to the board, the board members comment, " isn't that the hospital/manager who suggested the nurses write anecdotals on each other? hmmmmmm....." Unprofessional, unethical, and stupid..... If you don't react, and simply ignore the memo , it will go away, die a quiet death. Don't you read Dilbert? Dilbert teaches you how to deal with management.