Qoute "If you quit, I will report you to the state B.O.N.!!!!!!"

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by bobs201 Member

Has 4 years experience.

Hi, I just started another job at a rehab facility as a night shift floor nurse. After my second day off orientation I decided, hey this isn't for me, so i went to the D.O.N. at the end of my shift and told her how I felt. Her words were, "If you quit, that means I will have to come in and work during the holidays, and if that happens, there ain't no telling WHO I'm gonna report to the state board of nursing." Now, my urge to quit is even greater! Several days later a coworker told me the D.O.N. told her what she told me about what will happen if i quit. Which means the D.O.N. is broadcasting it!!! Ok, Im 23yo & I've been a nurse for 2 yrs and even i know you can't be reported to B.O.N. for quitting as long as you're not abandoning your patients, but the fact that she actually threatened me to stay is what im talking about.

What is your take on this situation? Will i have a case if I decide to sue the facility for immaturely threatening my professional license to keep me from quitting?

Thanks for your prof. advice!

lkwashington

Specializes in Tele, ICU, ED, Nurse Instructor,. Has 4 years experience. 557 Posts

I would attempt to find another job. Give your two weeks notice, make sure you get the letter notarized. Call the state BON for some suggestions and what is going on. It appear to me this is not a good place to work. This DON is dangerous and sneaky. You need to protect yourself. I feel sorry for the patients. Good luck!!

EmergencyNrse

Specializes in Emergency Medicine. Has 17 years experience. 632 Posts

The last shift I pulled there would be my LAST shift there.

Report you to the Board? For what? Any impropriety? Negligence?

Write a separation letter that you are leaving. Be professional. Keep a copy.

Leave there before they gather something they can really use against you.

Chalk it up as one of those jobs to avoid. Get on with your life.

Nursing is hard enough without added stress/drama from your employer.

Good Luck.

GHGoonette, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU, OR. 1,249 Posts

Hi, I just started another job at a rehab facility as a night shift floor nurse. After my second day off orientation I decided, hey this isn't for me, so i went to the D.O.N. at the end of my shift and told her how I felt. Her words were, "If you quit, that means I will have to come in and work during the holidays, and if that happens, there ain't no telling WHO I'm gonna report to the state board of nursing." Now, my urge to quit is even greater! Several days later a coworker told me the D.O.N. told her what she told me about what will happen if i quit. Which means the D.O.N. is broadcasting it!!! Ok, Im 23yo & I've been a nurse for 2 yrs and even i know you can't be reported to B.O.N. for quitting as long as you're not abandoning your patients, but the fact that she actually threatened me to stay is what im talking about.

What is your take on this situation? Will i have a case if I decide to sue the facility for immaturely threatening my professional license to keep me from quitting?

Thanks for your prof. advice!

Reading that line, she didn't specifically state that she was going to report you, so unless you've garbled her comment, it's just a case of her word against yours. Extremely unprofessional, but it is a bit unfair to let the company take you through orientation only to drop them at the end. However, if she stated that she would report YOU to the BON, that is a case of intimidation and should be cause for a grievance procedure.

I'm a nice guy, so if I were in your shoes I'd have offered to stay until after she'd had her vacation and then resign. But I would call her on the broadcasting bit; I would expect of any manager that what is discussed in his or her office remains confidential between management and employee.

KarmaWiseRaven

251 Posts

Ok let's back the suing truck up for a second ok. First off if the DON said this to you that was wrong of her and should not of said it. It's very unprofessional for her to say or even think that.

As far as the BON goes well i would tell them about her threat towards you. Then i would give my two weeks notice and leave. Why two weeks so she really can't say anything about you mean while look for another job and don't hold back. Never bad mouth your present employer that's not good and that shows your sinking to her level.

And if they ask why your leaving your current job just say it's personal and that's it. Mean while get everything in writing even you speaking to the BON. Write date time and who you spoke to. When sending a letter or the Email to the BON save it. Always and I mean Always CYA. Thats all i can say and really you have no case for a law suite sorry but true. You could try hustle work environment but you need a witness's and there has to be dead proof and not just your word. In the long run really not worth the trouble. I hoped i helped good luck.. These are my thoughts use them as you wish

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BettyBoop01

171 Posts

I would send a resignation letter with a copy to her & hr. Make sure it is certified mail so that they must sign for proof they have recieved it. I would also call the BON, report this DON for what she said and make a record of who you spoke with at the BON. Get out of there FAST!!!!! Not worth the risk. What a horrible DON.

ocean waves

Has 35 years experience. 143 Posts

Hello. I agree with the writers who say the response of "no telling who I am going to report to the board of nursing" was not a good reaction by your director of nursing to your expressed concerns about your new job. I can sincerely appreciate your issues about this unfortunate situation, however have you considered arranging one more professional talk with your director for a chance to "clear the air" and a chance for her to apologize to you? One of my pals is a very fair minded, reasonable director of nursing at a rehab facility, however she has privately admitted to me that it can feel overwhelming when a new staff member suddenly quits leaving her holding the bag to cover patient care (not an excuse to mistreat staff but a challenge of being a DON). If on a second meeting your director still does not respond to your concerns in a fair and professional manner, I agree that it may be wise for you to submit a professional two week resignation and jump ship. Best wishes!

merlee

Has 36 years experience. 1,246 Posts

If you are still in orientation you do not owe them 2 weeks' notice. A simple note stating that you do not feel that this place is for you, and you will no longer be available is sufficient.

You are not abandoning anyone if you are still on orientation. And a threatening supervisor is not someone you can work for or with.

Best wishes on your job hunt.

Lovely_RN, MSN

Has 11 years experience. 1,122 Posts

Thank you!

Seriously what nerve.

If you're still on orientation then you shouldn't be counted as part of the staff anyway. I wouldn't give her the two weeks because she seems spiteful so it's highly doubtful that you will be able to list this job on your resume regardless of how much notice you give her.

If you are still in orientation you do not owe them 2 weeks' notice. A simple note stating that you do not feel that this place is for you, and you will no longer be available is sufficient.

You are not abandoning anyone if you are still on orientation. And a threatening supervisor is not someone you can work for or with.

Best wishes on your job hunt.

rn4ever?

686 Posts

If it’s an employment-at-will state, you can be fired anytime, likewise, you can quit anytime-----so long as you are not abandoning your patients. I will e-mail her my resignation letter with a return receipt (don’t put resignation letter as the subject of course-----she might not open it!). Also, get in touch with the BON because of intimidation and make sure that you document everything. What a horrible DON!

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience. 8 Articles; 2,543 Posts

Ouch! Sounds like Santa put coal in the DON's stocking! I would get outta there in a hurry too. I like all the suggestions made by PPers. Make your letter factual, send a copy to HR, and get some info from your BON. This shouldn't be allowed to happen.