I am a MDS coordinator/charge nurse at a long term facility. I write care-plans, conduct assts, etc. to turn into state so that the facility can be paid. We have a regular floor in our place plus an enclosed alzheimer's unit. Over the unit there is a coordinator (non-nurse). I was called "to the mat" today because I, as a nurse, stepped on the coordinator's toes by conducting psychotropic medication asst. on "her" resident's
Instead of talking to me first she spoke above me to the administrator and all HE** broke loose. She stated that I don't respect her nor do I value her degree (B.S. in Psychology). I have the same degree as well plus a master's but I did not bring that up during her tyraid. :angryfire
I want to know when a unit coordinator
became licensed to pass medications, answer doctor's questions regarding interactions, or take orders????? I give the respect that you deserve not what you want but you have earned. If she were to lose her job, she can find another job....if I lose my license because of her mistakes I LOSE MY CAREER. BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!
How would anyone else handle this situation? I am at a loss. We are supposed to be there for the resident. Not worry if I offend someone I work with because I don't "respect" her degree. PLEASE ADVISE!!!:trout:
Dec 8, '06
Not meaning to scare...but it will be the RN who will pay dearly for NOT reporting this practice since we are obligated to point these issues out...even if we just 'feel' this may be wrong.
I too worked at a LTC/ALF where this was becoming beyond acceptable! The management was made up on Non nurses but making nursing policies and mandating we do what they advised...and many time we had to correct them on various issues involving HIPAA, and general safety. They not only didn't listen, but threatened to fire anyone that dared question their authority!
Once I offered advice on a safety issue...I was basically shunned by administration and none of them would even talk to me or acknoweledge I was there, and nurses were scared to be seen talking to me because they were warned that I was a trouble maker!!!! BYE BYE I said...and took a risk on agency nursing that panned out so nicely! Then they got a visit from the BON for their audit...they thought I called them into the BON..so again they were harrassing me and still does today by many of the friends I had working there not speaking to me because they can get fired by being seen talking to me. (they had many issues by the BON btw!!!!!!).
Then just this last month I was tending a pt and he was the head of the organization I worked for, but when I was working there he wasn't so I thought nothing of it. He reported me and had me written up for being rude, unsanitary, unlady like, and if he got an infection he was going to sue the hospital and me! Ummmmmm...lucky for me I was training a CNA and she was with me the whole time I ever was tending to him, and proved him absolutely psycho!
Then I discussed with my management team that he was angry at me for suggesting that we do a real fire drill at their facility because I feared nonmoble folks lived on the second floor and I didn't think our staff would have a clue as to what they need to do to get these people out when the elevators don't work!!!! I was in deep do do for even suggesting this, because one, I was a woman and knew nothing of firefighting or EMS (yeah right...went to school for both idiot!!!) because that was a mans job...and that I must be a rebel rouser because I didn't respect the authority of the administration by even opening my mouth! Well after that I had the chief of the fire department speak to them, proved I was right...and they have been ticked ever since...and they failed fire safety regulations so many times the fines were huge (again I listed all the infractions I had seen and asked for them to be fixed before fines were involved or lives lost...gee, I guess I don't know anything..the chief agreed with me totally!!!!).
SOOOOOO...get out, get out soon...and report this to your BON. I should have reported things to the BON so I wouldn't have gotten 2 years of harrassment from that employer that still doesn't get it that I am not their Pee On anymore!!!! (I have lots of documentation still
Last edit by Antikigirl on Dec 8, '06