Ask the expert: workplace advice
A junior nurse was suspended due to allegations of misconduct, and the charge nurse has received a letter from human resources querying the frequency and level of supervision he provided to her. How can I best advise him on his response?
Zeba Arif replies: It is likely that the suspended nurse has claimed ignorance in mitigation of her actions. Accordingly, the charge nurse must give evidence showing that timely and appropriate supervision was available and provided to the nurse to refute that.
Documentation is key. Supervision sessions are recorded and signed by the supervisor and supervisee. To begin with, the charge nurse can respond by giving the dates and times of these meetings. If he is asked to disclose the contents of the sessions, he has to obtain written permission from the supervisee.
If, unfortunately, it becomes clear that supervision did not take place routinely,...
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