I’m a soon to graduate nursing student, and I want to know how to address a challenge I have both experienced and observed. BTW, I’m a 60 year old female who is starting a second career as an RN. This is the issue. A colleague makes a commitment to do something- contribute a portion of a presentation, complete a task for a volunteer organization or commit to switch a shift. The problem comes when the colleague bails on the commitment at the last minute leaving me or another member of a team holding the bag. I suspect this is not an uncommon concern. What I want to know if how do you handle this in a professional setting? We all have difficulties arise from time to time. I’m talking about the colleague who makes a habit of this behavior. Please teach me your methods of dealing with this issue in a professional manner.
I have been a nurse for 20 years. This is a common problem. The best way to stop this colleague from doing it again is this: write out a statement of schedule change, have them sign it showing that they have agreed to switch shifts, make them a copy,you a copy and give a copy to your staffing coordinator. That way it becomes the staffing persons problem and not yours. When staffing sees the problem they will handle it.
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