What can I do about a RN co-worker who works off the clock every morning? I know it’s illegal, and I have reported it twice, yet management has yet to deal with it. We work in a surgicenter and there is no need to come in early to get set up.
Dear Mary Lou,
It is unclear what your concern is about this co-worker coming in early and working off the clock, especially since you have reported it twice to your superiors. Management should be concerned since the worker is not required to be there, according to your statement, so they face potential problems. If, for example, the worker is injured while there off the clock and a worker’s compensation claim is filed, the question as to why the worker was allowed to continue to come in early will be raised if the employer challenges the claim as “not arising out of and during the course of employment.”
If the worker is not required to be at the center to set up or do other work, why is he or she doing this? Is there an easier access to drugs, for example, if one comes in early and is not observed by others? Is there something else sinister going on?
Perhaps speaking with your nurse manager about this situation might help. Your nurse manager can then speak to management about the situation in the hopes something can be done. It appears that, lacking any additional information you have about why this co-worker continues to do this, there is little else you can do.