Rude or Reportable? I'd like others opinions... - page 2

Okay I'm going to give a situation and ask your opinion on what you think: just rude or is it reportable (to state board of nursing). I'd also like to know if you feel it is reportable what steps... Read More

  1. by   dream'n
    The DON sounds like a jerk, but you can't report someone to the BON for that. And frankly I find it a little odd that you would think that his treatment of you is a reportable offense. But are you trying to say that his behavior creates an emotionally unhealthy patient enviornment?
  2. by   morte
    i think the OP's point is that she was publicly cursed.....totally unprofessional......and yes, i might be tempted to this an indication of a mental health issue? then the board would certainly be interested......since this was done in front of patients......adm. should also be interested....if this is a corp owned place, corp should be interested
  3. by   traumaRUs
    Rude and inappropriate - yes
    Reportable - no
  4. by   KateRN1
    Probably not reportable to the BoN, but certainly reportable to higher ups, such as the facility administrator, board of directors, corporate management, what-have-you.
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    I would have been hurt, angry and humiliated, but this is not a reportable offense. I have seen so many ridiculous changes, but they are not worth arguing about. I would have worded it this way "Is this a change from our primary pracrtice of doing skin assessments once a week? Oh, do you want me to do them?" and cussed under my breath as I walk away. Believe it or not, there are many managerial changes that come down from the state and other regulatory agencies that we peons have no clue about. They just come and say "Do this, now". A respectable person would say why this practice has changed, but, it gets so overwhelming that there is no time.

    I believe their behavior was horrible, for sure. But, they can hurt you more than you can hurt them, believe me. Your agency supports you, they will hopefully assign you to a better place and that is what really counts.
  6. by   Irish_Libra
    Just to clarify I do not work for this facility. I am a hospice pt caregiver. I do pt care which also includes skin assessments, pain assessments, assess side effects of medications, & assess if there are any other needs the pt has (adaptive devices etc). I have been coming to this facility for 6+yrs. This DON has been there roughly 1yr. As for the non-nursing staff, it was the central supply person! This facility gives residents showers 1x week & does skin assessments 1x week. I do skin assessments 3x week (each day I visit a patient). I do the stna shower sheet for them on one day unless there is a change one of the other days. The problem was this DON wanted us to do further staff paperwork (signing off their books). My last supervisor had this discussion with him & told him we do our own paperwork, & verbally report to the staff nurses at the facility & we were not doing their paperwork just because their staff nurses weren't doing it. (facility got sited in last survey for nrsg not documenting). My new supervisor hadn't addressed the issue since it wasn't revisited prior to his outburst.
    As far as reportable I'm concerned with his inability to control his response in front of residents. What if next time someone doesn't respond so calmly to him & he takes the next step from verbal to physical. I can see the potential in him. Is that a safe environment for the residents if staff is verbally/physically assaulting one another? Even verbal altercations lead to unsafe nursing. I for one know if I had been working as a charge nurse that day, there was NO WAY I could of continued working without risking the safety of the residents because I was too upset & at the very least my mind would of been elsewhere. Thats one way med errors occur among other safety issues.
    As for the person that said something about me being fired, no I wasn't. I am still working with the same company, just had my annual review & was noted by my supervisor for being able to act/respond professionally when confronted with very difficult situations.
    And to those that seemed to have an attitude that: this happened, so what? move on..... I don't know about you but I have had nightmare situations & was able to walk in to my pts with a smile & walk out with a smile. I have worked as a pt care staff, a charge nurse, & even as a supervisor in a LTC setting. NEVER is it ok to yell/curse at a staff member let alone someone else unless you see them endangering your residents. Also this facility gets paid by my company for the residents residing there. So it wasn't about cutting costs.
  7. by   wondern
    Rude. Very rude. Did you get the f bomb thrown at you?

    Be glad you don't have to go there with someone who loses it like that!
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    Until there is an actual situation there is nothing to report, Irish Libra. That someone might blow up is not reportable.
  9. by   NursieGirl199
    Irish, the exact same thing happened to me too.

    I miss my residents and had bonded with them.

    Good luck going back to work. I know you are an excellent professional and will find a better place to work. Where I use to work something like that happened and it seemed set up to me when it happened because they were doing away with agency nurses now due to the economy. They informed us nurses we had to work overtime if needed, to fill in. I heard the DON say myself that agency nurses were tooo expensive and they were done using them. Then, recently, when census fell tremendously and not replaced a few nurses - in house went as well. Yes, me being one of them. Since I have been gone 2 wks two more residents have passed. You will find something so much better and consider this a growing experience ! You will have learned from this and we move on... I sure hope we find jobs! LOL

    Good luck to you Irish !
    Last edit by NursieGirl199 on Jun 11, '09
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    I understand your points; the issue we are discussing is that the behavior, as bad as it was, is not reportable to the BON. And, they can turn it around and say that you did not listen to direct orders. I am not saying that I agree with this was unprofessional for sure...but hate to say, the BON would probably feel that they have bigger fish to fry. And, I would hate for you to have them tell you would infuriate you even further than you are already.