It’s funny you say that. I actually had a similar conversation with HR. I’m in a new position and I had to learn stress echos. When I had less than 2 weeks of training (I really only shadowed a couple), the only other trained RN called out. Mind you, I have no signed competencies to demonstrate my capabilities or back me up. Beyond that, I did not have confidence I could competently or safely conduct these tests with such little training. Also, there was no trained nurse to assist me. My manager did NOT want to cancel patients and just wanted me to “figure it out.”
When I spoke about it with HR, I asked her a hypothetical, “if you were my patient and I said, hi I’m your nurse who has only done this for less than 2 weeks, I don’t have any documentation of competency in this procedure and I’m not confident in doing this. Do you still want me to do this?” Her response proved my point went over her head. She said “that’s not something you could ever say to a patient, that’s inappropriate.” Mind you, I didn’t actually say that. But the point was missed on her and obviously she thinks it’s an rn’s job to defend poor management decisions.