Originally posted by michelle126
How long after an infringment (sp) do you have to formally write some one up? A nurse who doubles 5 days a week was written up for calling off a month ago. This DON used her for the doubles, then wrote her up. Shouldn't it be ASAP, esp for incidents that affect pt care
A nurse works 16 hours per day/5 days per week & the DON wrote her up for calling out ONE shift (over a month ago?) The employee was being used to cover the rest of the shifts ... the punitive write-up came later. WHY was this nurse even written up regarding calling out?
My concern is for the safety for patients who are under this nurses care -- this nurse works 80 hours per week. What type of facility do you work in? LTC? Acute care?
I would run away from your unsafe facility which is clearly punitive and does not support employees. Disciplining staff? Are you made to stand in the corner? Yes, if a nurse does not follow safe practice -- investigate, write her up, and then SUPPORT/EDUCATE this nurse regarding the incident so that she learns from it. Regarding calling out, DISCIPLINE?
I take my position & patient care very seriously. I do the best I can. If I'm truly ill, I call out sick -- let them write me up as much as they want. Our raises are dependent on our calling out -- we are allotted so many days then we do not get a raise -- this is determined on our "official" number of hours worked -- ex. 32-hour or 40-hour employee and DOES NOT take into account all the extra shifts worked. I really don't care -- and as a charge nurse I know that I WANT my nurses to stay home and not infect the rest of the staff/patients -- we'll cover the hole somehow or suck it up. I would NEVER be punitive for a call out. If someone is chronically absent, then that 's a different story. But what kind of support/flexibility can we offer a valued staff member who is an integral part of the patient care team?
I know I'm rambling ... I'm just sick of nursing being so punitive. This is NOT grade school ... and the thought of being DISCIPLINED!!! makes me shake my head in disgust. Write me up ... support me .... whatever ... but discipline me (I don't think so.)
Just my thoughts.