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What is your hospital's policy on hiring relatives or spouses in the same dept??

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No policy here. Most are related.

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allantiques4me specializes in Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home.

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WE have a husband and wife at our place but different departments.

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ktwlpn specializes in med surg,homecare,hospice.

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we hire them but only recently really started enforcing the rule that they can not work together.Too little,too late IMHO-we have a whole freaking clan of nurses and cna's-we've got mothers,daughters,sisters,daughters in law,children and 2 women that share an ex-husband Talk about a bunch of back stabbing witches.It took me some time to figure out exactly who was related to whom and how and then it took another few months to observe the dynamics and see how certain women like to stir up others by repeating gossip (usually made up) One in particular always has major drama in her life which she makes the focus of the unit -even her own mother has told her to act like a professional and keep her business to herself.I can't figure out what this girl gets out of this behavior-she seems to always be the center of attention in the family-I guess it is not enough.I know that ALL families can't be this ridiculous...

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meownsmile is a RN and specializes in med/surg/ortho.

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We have family members that work together and basically the facility is small enough that it doesnt matter if they work the same department or not. Everyone knows everyone else anyway. It can be a slippery slope for sure. I think it doesnt hurt if people are professional and respectful of the rest of the employees but i know that doesnt happen all the time.

There definately should be limitations on how many or where and/or when members of the same family can work in the same facility.

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this 'could' be why it is discouraged where i work:uhoh3:

it does happen on occaion where they are related by their mother's father's brother's cousin,,but it's rare.

we hire them but only recently really started enforcing the rule that they can not work together.too little,too late imho-we have a whole freaking clan of nurses and cna's-we've got mothers,daughters,sisters,daughters in law,children and 2 women that share an ex-husband talk about a bunch of back stabbing witches.it took me some time to figure out exactly who was related to whom and how and then it took another few months to observe the dynamics and see how certain women like to stir up others by repeating gossip (usually made up) one in particular always has major drama in her life which she makes the focus of the unit -even her own mother has told her to act like a professional and keep her business to herself.i can't figure out what this girl gets out of this behavior-she seems to always be the center of attention in the family-i guess it is not enough.i know that all families can't be this ridiculous...

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One cannot be supervisory over the other. If one is a house supe and the other works as staff, they can't be on at the same time.

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anononurse specializes in Geriatrics/Med-Surg/ED.

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They can't work the same dept. or be in a supervisory position over the other. In one small rural hospital I worked, they hired the husband of a wife who had been fired, and he retaliated against the facility by anonymously reporting little infractions to the state. A whole lotta you-know-what hit the fan b/f admin. realized how STUPID & short-sighted they had been!! After that, an ironclad policy was in place!! :trout:

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JBudd has 38 years experience as a MSN and specializes in trauma, teaching.

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We have 2 husband wife teams in the ER. So far, no problem, except when one couple always wants to take their breaks together. Sometimes I just have to get firm and say no, can't have two people gone right now.

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salwalwol has 35 years experience.

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We have a mother and son working in our unit. It was quite a discussion concerning them working together when the son was hired. Policy states they can not supervise each other. They work 12hr shifts and are on opposite tracks. So they hardly ever work together. On the rare occasion that they do, they try and keep in professional.

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P_RN has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

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In addition one cannot work in finance. That would cast aspersions on the other one who receives money and benefits. Otherwise Comparative workers should be fine as long as one is not 'supervising" the other.

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bigsyis has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Occupational Health, Cardiology.

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WE have a husband and wife at our place but different departments.

We had a husband and wife on the SAME Med/Surg unit! Both were/are very good nurses. The wife could get a little emotional (about work) at times, but the husband was always cool, and could be counted on in any kind of a tight spot. They never brought any kind of strife or gossip or discord to the unit because of their relationship. If I was hiring, I'd hire both of them in a heartbeat!

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