Has anyone ever been reprimanded for performing too well at your job and being too thorough and complete?
Not really but if you do that make sure you’re discreet. If you get called out for doing the right thing it’s time to find a new work environment or start a new business.
Yes. Some managers are intimidated when their direct reports know and do more than they do. That is not a good manager. They should encourage building other leaders and learning from their subordinates.
Yes. I worked as a night med-surg nurse, and I needed to administer PRBCs. It was a busy night with high acuity patients, and I couldn’t remember the vital sign frequency while administering PRBCs (I was a new employee, but worked in progressive care before). No excuse but it’s better to be safe. Therefore, as a precaution to remain in compliance with documentation, I charted obtained vital signs every 5 minutes. This worked well, as it allowed me to check on a patient experiencing acute pain next door.
The next morning (while I was asleep), I woke up to 3 missed calls and 2 voicemails from my nurse manager. I didn’t answer because I worked the night before, and I sleep during the day. I was told that I obtained the vital signs way too frequently and I should have obtained them less frequently. Nevertheless, I was required to administer PRBCs for all nurses who had patients that needed it, and all of my charts where audited by the charge nurse. Even the charge nurse became overwhelmed from not being able to help other nurses on the unit. I received a written warning and was required to check vitals less frequently during blood products administration.
As far back as I can remember, no one has ever mentioned being reprimanded for performing too well. But if you think about it, taking the time to do things correctly and document details might get you reprimanded for taking too long to discharge/admit a patient . Or just taking the extra time in general to teach or help a patient or even just comfort them might get you reprimanded for not getting things done fast enough for administration. Time is money. So, if you look at it that way it’s not mentioned, but it definitely is an issue.
Yes. But not how you might think. Others will ostracized you and look for thing to tattle tale.
It is shocking how so many nurses have not matured passed the high school trials for cheer leader or prom queen.
Of course, that is the nature of our profession. More often, colleagues feel threatened when you are outperforming them. Especially now with the newer nurses being pumped out at an alarming rate without an excellent clinical and theoretical framework. Suppose you are a nurse from the olden days. Never compromise your standards despite what others say or do. We are disservice to our profession by allowing these practices to persist.
In the spring of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, I was one of the first nurses to begin wearing a mask at my facility in California. I was actually reprimanded by the director of nurses, who took me aside and told me I should NOT wear a mask because it would “Incite fear into the patients and your coworkers”. I respectfully asked if she was saying I was not allowed to follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask. She said masking “wasn’t necessary”, but I could mask if I was “worried about Covid”. I continued to wear a mask.
Within two weeks, there was a mask mandate in place at my facility.
We all know the rest of the pandemic and PPE horror story.
Yes multiple times
My sister worked at UH in Chardon and her department manager wrote on her evaluation that she cleaned too much. Right before COVID-19 started. Can you even imagine a hospital worker who cleans too much? Who knew? She never over-cleaned but just cleaned daily the equipment she used and the counters and items patients came in touch with. Even more so how can HR and the person signing it off even approve something like that for a hospital?
Nope! We strive for excellence so we are braggers about our staff!!
Yes , I was told not to “peel laters off an orange” when they have a problem with you doing the right thing, it means that they possibly dnt want old habits being mended. It might be a good opportunity for you to find a better job with that kind of management
I guess it has happened to all nurses who really mean well. I'm an info - junky. Just try and be respectful when you have to explain. Sometimes all the info is not needed. Just enough to help a physician or manager make up their minds.
Only if it meant that I did not clock out on time. Overtime was not allowed unless preapproved.
I don't think there's such a thing. Experience makes you better and practice makes you great.
Yes actually my last year I worked I was told my handwriting was too good. It cost me a raise. They had nothing else they could chastise me about and they did not want to give raises that year to anyone.
Not reprimanded but just a comment
Yes, actually let go because of age and knowing too much
Yes. Was told I was making other staff uncomfortable and that I was coming off as a "know it all"
A doctor complained to my Supervisor one time stating “you know she always walks the straight and narrow”; !
Not that I’m aware of.
Yes! It has happened to me several times in my career.
Big yes!! 😄