Quote from King Bazald
I have an ethical question. I was looking online to see the requirements for getting my CCRN. I noticed that to renew your CCRN that you need 432 or so hours of direct patient care in 3 years. My manager has her CCRN for over 20 years. I have been working with her for the past few years. She does not take care of patients...she barely sets foot in the patients room. There is no way she has close to that many hours. Should I do something? Honestly, if my mother was in our ICU, I wouldn't want my manager taking care of her. That's how out of practice she is...
It's obvious that you have issues with your manager. But, gunning for your manager is a CLM - career limiting move.
From the CCRN renewal guide, which you obviously read:
"Nurses serving as manager, educator (in-service or academic), CNS or preceptor may apply hours spent supervising nursing students or nurses at the bedside. Nurses in these roles must be actively involved in caring
for patients at the bedside; for example, demonstrating how to measure pulmonary artery pressures or supervising a new employee or student nurse performing a procedure."
432 hrs over 3 yrs is not that many hours and a presumption would exist that the simple act of being a manager of a unit that has any turnover of nurses would be enough to MEET this requirement.
I think you also underestimate how much a manager supervises 'at the bedside' care. Not only would you be unable to prove otherwise, more to the point, why would you even try?
Many, myself included, would take the view that the ethical violation would be your complaint itself, if you made it. My take: there is no ethical issue here. You are looking for some technicality to strike at your manager. That is not only passive-aggressive, it is poor form.
I think the most ethical approach here is to re-evaluate WHY you want to report your manager. Is the goal a concern about the care of patients you say she isn't taking care of in the first place? Or, is it to create a professional insult for your boss, for self-serving purposes?
You asked the question. My answer is not intended to be personal, but it is the only accurate answer to give.