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Sent STUPID email "joke": what now?

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by Zuzu's Petals Zuzu's Petals, BSN (New Member) New Member Nurse

Zuzu's Petals has 28 years experience as a BSN and works as a RN.

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Not that this will help you now, but your email may have a "recall" function to delete an email that you sent out.

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Meriwhen is a ASN, BSN, RN and works as a Psychiatric sheep...er, nurse.

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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

1.  Apologize to the parties involved.  This does NOT mean a blast e-mail sent out to everyone.  Make amends to whoever was directly impacted by the message (recipient, whoever you were talking about, etc.).  And of course, your superiors.

2.  If someone not directly involved brings up the e-mail, don't start with the self-flagellation.  Acknowledge you goofed but don't make a big production about it.  Treat it like it not that's big of a deal.  Note:  I'm not downplaying the error of the OP's ways in any way.  But the more of a deal the OP makes of it, the more of a deal the peanut gallery will make of it.

3.  Cease drinking alcohol while writing work e-mails.  Never a good idea.  

4.  If your email account offers a recall or undo before sending feature, activate it for the future.

5.  Consider that ANY email you send has the potential to be seen by all (as you found out the hard way), and let that guide you when writing and sending future emails.  So save the jokes for your personal e-mail or for in person.

6.  And last, unless it's a critical e-mail, don't send your message right away.  Sit on the draft.  Come back to it in a few, reread it, and make edits as needed.  And then sit on it and do it again.  And if at the third time you read it, you're happy with the message, then hit Send.  This will help stop you from sending things in the heat of the moment that can be inappropriate/easily misconstrued/better sent another time/etc.

While there's no guarantees, more than likely this will all blow over and be forgotten.  Some other incident will come along to catch everyone's attention.  So don't beat yourself up too much over it...but do learn from the mistake. 

Best of luck.

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HomeBound has 20 years experience.

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Sorry this happened. It's cringe worthy--I know.

I did have a colleague or two from a major Level 1 send out "jokes" about then-president-elect-Barack Obama via hospital email. I received them, I didn't send them. Think all of the stereotypical and obnoxiously racist ideas---and you get the gyst. Including one that "proved" he was the AntiChrist.

However---since I lived in the South---and this facility wasn't exactly known for it's "tolerance and diversity"---the emails were just deleted and the issue ignored.

The other way I know---is that I accidentally recorded a conversation between me and my bestie---about someone in my life. I was profoundly unhappy and was venting/confiding in this person, but unbeknownst to BOTH of us---the convo was recorded. I inadvertently handed the recording (it's complicated how the situation evolved) to the person about whom I was venting.

Suffice it to say---at the time, the issue was life altering. After years of dealing with the fallout---I can say it was the best thing that happened, but the thing is---watch what you say.

My mom always told me..."Never say or do anything that you don't want to explain in open court."  This incident almost went that way.

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"Say it, forget it....write it, regret it"

Perhaps next time just keep the joke/convo to actual in-person interactions?

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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On 5/13/2019 at 7:57 AM, Zuzu's Petals said:

 do NOT put any names in the "to" field/leave it entirely blank until you're absolutely positively sure you want to send it, and THEN address it.

 

I do the same sort of thing you do, Zuzu- say what I really feel in an email and then edit it for appropriateness before it's addressed and sent.

However, I put fictitious names in the email and address it to myself.

I do the same with my journals at work. I have inadvertently left journals at work with cartoons and narratives.

My disclaimer is, basically, "All persons and places mentioned in my works are totally the creation of the artist/author and any similarity to any individual living or dead or place named is purely coincidental." Something like that.

Good luck to you, Zuzu!

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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On 5/13/2019 at 8:57 AM, Zuzu's Petals said:

4--strong union here, but don't think they've anything for me if someone high up decides to fire me (basically unprofessional email)

Basically you must have had a meeting with union rep/ you  and management/anm  and a plan for discipline discussed.

.Then depending on the decision leave you in probation limbo,etc,

Good luck

 

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Zuzu's Petals has 28 years experience as a BSN and works as a RN.

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Basically you must have had a meeting with union rep/ you  and management/anm  and a plan for discipline discussed.

.Then depending on the decision leave you in probation limbo,etc,

Leader25:  Nope.  No meetings, no union discussions, no discipline discussed.   Not sure where you pulled those conclusions from, but---no.

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and works as a RN Supervisor.

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Well that's an oops! moment. Hopefully since you already addressed the error and apologized to the people involved it will just end up being an embarrassing moment.  I'm thinking that might depend on the actual content of the email though. I'm not asking what the inside joke was, but if it involved names or politically charged content that could complicate matters.

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3 hours ago, Zuzu's Petals said:

Leader25:  Nope.  No meetings, no union discussions, no discipline discussed.   Not sure where you pulled those conclusions from, but---no.

I would think the poster was simply describing the general process that would most likely take place leading up to any potential termination?

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