When do you take it to the boss?

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    One of the things I liked about working night shift the most was there was nobody there with the authority to fire me. Night shift nurses tend to enforce their own rules of conduct.

    Now that I work a 1000-2230 shift, I see bosses more often, and more distressing than that is that I see co-workers who run to the boss over things that I believe could and should be handled on the floor.

    The Bible states: Matthew 18:15-17

    New Living Translation (NLT)
    Correcting Another Believer

    15 “If another believer[a] sins against you,[b] go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. 16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.

    I believe there is some wisdom to this practice. If you see another nurse doing something wrong, take it upon yourself to go correct the situation. If that solves the problem, great, you have just mentored someone … good job. If that doesn’t work, take a co-worker or two with you and confront the person about the errors of her ways. Perhaps the added pressure will change the behavior, and if not, you have witnesses that you tried. If that still doesn’t work, THEN take it to the boss. Bring a problem to the boss is going to result in more pain and suffering than is necessary, IMHO.

    Are you the type who tries to fix the problem, or do you think it is your job to keep the boss informed of every little problem that you see?

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    Ha Ha Jason, I was a Night shift RN for over 20 years and we had our own rules and we respected them or we were confronted.
    I can not think of a better reference than Matthew.

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    It depends…if patient safety is at stake, I would definitely take it to the boss if, after speaking with the other nurse privately , the behavior did not change or the conversation did not go well. As far as interpersonal issues, I try to solve them myself, privately. If that doesn’t work, then I have gone to the next in command. Only once did I ever have to take it to the nurse manager, and that was because the other person made veiled threats and mentioned that he knew where I lived and had seen me out walking, etc…

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