Poll: Was the situation handled correctly?
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Posted over 2 years ago
I need advice about a work related question.
2 night shift CNA's came to me at different times and told me that the Night shift supervisor had given the keys to the medication cart and asked a CNA to go give mylanta to one resident and ativan to another. I told them they needed to call the DON and report the situation.
I sat on the information for a day to process it.
The next night I came to work and the CNA that gave the meds out came to me and told me what had happened. I asked why she did that because she knew it was wrong. She said she felt pressured from the Night Shift Supervisor. I told her she needed to go to the DON.
That CNA also said that the NSS was "out to get" me. I told her that is not good and I have no problem with the NSS.
The next morning the Assistant DON came in and I told her what happened exactly as it is written above.
The next night I came in to work and the 2 CNA's in the beginning told me that the DON called them and said that there were accusations that those CNA's were giving out meds. They each said no it was the other one and the NSS did it. The DON then asked them if I had asked them if they had any problems with the NSS. They said NO, she has asked us if we have and problems we would like to report to the NSS.
I then received an e-mail saying my allegations against the NSS were dealt with AND they were suprised to hear in their investigations that I was asking staff if they had any problems with the NSS. I was then instructed that I needed to watch a video on how to be an effective charge nurse.
I responded back that the allegations were not MINE but concerns I relayed that CNA's told me about that could harm residents and get the facility in trouble. I also said I had asked staff for any problems they would like me to report to the NSS NOT any problems they had with the NSS. I said I would be willing to watch any video's she wanted me to watch about how to be an effective charge nurse.
Did I handle the situation correctly?
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| Posted over 2 years ago
Hiya,That certainly put you into a predicament. Why wasn't the med given from another nurse. I gather that you are a nurse since they want to to watch "Charge Nurse" film.I have been a nurse for a very long time and I could still hear my professor stating in court, but did you know better? And then you are liable.. You may lose your job, but I would go to the next level, either the owners or the Board of Directors. The one that gave her the keys should be reported and the cna knew better too. I wish you the best of luck in your decision. Think about it and then do what you gotta do.. If you know better,than so did they..Please keep me posted and God Bless you...Hugs, Teresa