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CHCECE019 Employee Alcohol Influence Assignment
This CHCECE019 employee alcohol influence assignment is aiming to discuss the approaches which can be used to approach an employee who is regularly coming to work under influence of alcohol. In this case one of the night nurses Mrs. Clark is reported as coming to work under the influence of alcohol. Other colleagues informed that her breath reeks of alcohol and even one of the patient felt the same. On the other hand night charge nurse who is supposed to be reporting all these developments is absent from duty every time this type of incident happened.
In such cases approach to the employee should be very tactful because it is a legal requirement that nursing professional should not be under influence of any intoxicating substance while delivering services, however hospital also do not want to lose a capable human resource because of embarrassment and humiliation of inquiry. First approach would be indirect and it would involve the night charge nurse. She will be called and her reason for not being on duty would be investigated. Further she would be informed that this is a highly undisciplined activity and action would be taken if similar behavior would be observed in another instance. In the same session she would be informed that some complaints about drunken behavior and showing up on duty intoxicated about her team members is received and she should keep an eye on that. This way message would be indirectly communicated to the concerned employee without taking any names and she will understand that management is aware of any such activities (Marquis and Huston, 2009).
Rationale behind this plan is to keep two different employees on their toes about indiscipline, Nurse who is showing drunken behavior and night nurse in charge. Both employees would get message in one single session and there will be a subtle communication among all employees that management is keeping a strict vigil on each activity. Further to extend the message a code of conduct chart would be prepared where all activities which are not allowed when a employee is on duty would be listed in large letters. This list would display alcohol influence and showing up for work under zero tolerance activity and employee would be warned that if any employee is caught in the act then he would be immediately terminated and legal actions would be taken against him or her. Fear of such reprimand would be sufficient enough to create a negative opinion about drinking alcohol and coming to work. Flexibility of this plan would be to include surprise checks as well by supervisors and taking breath analyzer test to verify the suitability to be able to deliver service as a nursing professional (Stanley and Sherrat, 2010).
Documentations which can be shared with Mrs. Clark if she ever get caught with proof after all the warnings would be a copy of the letter issued by management regarding code of conduct and her signature on its receiving, she will be provided with a documented result of the breath analysis test with time and date and her roster copy which indicates she was on duty at that time (Reed, 2009).
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- Stanley, D and Sherrat, A. (2010) Lamp light on leadership: clinical leadership and Florence Nightingale. Journal of Nursing Management 18, 115–121
- Reed, P. (2009) Inspired knowing in nursing. Pg 63 in Loscin & Purnell (Eds) (2009) Contemporary Nursing Process, Springer Publication, p.189-237