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5 Sure Fire Ways to Get Fired as a Healthcare Professional
You may have been a fan of the hit TV drama Nurse Jackie, but many of the antics she
carried on with at work did not make her a favorite among staff members. If
you’re a healthcare professional, here are five sure fire ways to get the pink
slip. Read them, let them sink in, and NEVER perform these no-no’s while on the
Pictures of Patients
Not only is it a breach of work
ethic, but it’s a breach of privacy. Shockingly enough, many healthcare workers
have been guilty of taking pictures of their patients. Last month, a nurse
at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY
resigned after she published pictures of a patient’s genitals. Not only was her
license suspended, but she also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of snapping
unlawful surveillance photos.
on the Job
A recent study of nurses discovered
that between 2-5% of those that worked as RNs admitted to having a prescription
drug addiction, and another 5-10% confessed to having tried a patient’s
medication at some point during their career.
Dishing out drugs to friends or
colleagues can also land you in hot water.
on Social Media
Healthcare professionals adhere to
a strict code of conduct, and vow to keep the privacy of a patient. Some,
however, develop a bad case of blabbermouth on the internet and violate these
codes by sharing anything and everything on Facebook – even while on the clock.
Don’t let cyberspace collide with reality and keep Facebook strictly personal.
Staying Calm, Cool, and Collected
After a long shift and difficult
patients, you may feel exhausted and crabby. While putting off grumpy or
negative vibes at work may seem minor, it has been known that healthcare
workers can lose their job for talking to a patient in an unprofessional
Be polite, yet candid. If you need
to take a quick breather, get yourself outside or to the restroom stat.
Too many calls in sick might cost
you your job. If you rack up too many absences, you may find yourself getting
more than your desired time off.
Finding a replacement for a
healthcare worker, who harbors critical knowledge and experience required to
perform the job, can be tough. But whether it’s blabbering on the internet or
calling in sick, these work no-no’s may put your career on the line.