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Should an RN supervisor take her manager’s name off a discipline report after the reprimanded nurse signed the documentation?

Question:

Dear Nancy,

I am a nurse supervisor and had to discipline another nurse for a med error. I proposed the same kind of discipline I’ve recommended during my 20 years as a supervisor. My manager wanted it as a hard punitive discipline. I wrote the form myself, but included my manager’s name. She asked me to take her name off the document, but did so after it was submitted to personnel and the nurse signed it. What should I do?

Richard

Dear Nancy replies:

Dear Richard,

It would seem if your nurse manager was unhappy with your discipline of the nurse who made the med error, she could have voiced her concern at the time and not been a participant in the process as it is defined in your facility. This is especially so since the form you are required to fill out has already been filed with the personnel office.

Changing the form in any way at this point does not seem like a good decision. It would certainly make you look unsupported by your nurse manager and provide the nurse you disciplined with fodder to challenge the discipline. It is assumed a challenge by the nurse is possible through the grievance policy in any event. It seems a challenge is possible with the nurse manager if she decides to support the nurse as opposed to you. In short, is seems there is little benefit to changing the form.

Based on the brevity of the information you submitted in your question, however, should you think not changing it will adversely affect you in some way, you should consult with a nurse attorney or other attorney in your state who can provide you with specific advice after a careful review of all of the circumstances in this situation.

Cordially,
Nancy

By | 2014-10-31T00:00:00-04:00 October 31st, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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