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Old Mar 14th, 2017, 09:10 AM   1
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Venting about work!


So, I'm an RN. I work really rough shifts. One aspect of the maternity risk assessment that my manager had to do with me covered hours and shift patterns. It said that pregnant staff aren't required to work nights if they can get a certificate from their GP. Night shifts are super stressful and I don't do many anyway because of migraines, so I got a medical certificate from my doctor saying I should not do nights during my pregnancy.

What is management doing? Completely ignoring it! They actually had the gall to tell me it would be 'unfair on everyone else who has to do the full amount of night shifts'. I rang HR and explained the situation to them. As expected, HR confirmed that the hospital's policy clearly states that pregnant staff with a medical waiver cannot work night shifts. So now I have an annoying battle on my hands.

This whole thing is making me want to leave, if I'm completely honest. I don't feel cared for at all.



 
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Old Mar 14th, 2017, 14:23 PM   2
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Yikes! I actually work HR in a hospital...shame on the HR staff for not stepping in to make sure you're protected! I hope you get it sorted.



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 02:37 AM   3
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How horrible you're being treated this way. I hope it gets sorted quickly for you. HR needs to step up and sort it out!



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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 18:38 PM   4
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Oh man that sucks big time. I'm sorry you're going through that. Hopefully it gets sorted really quickly!



 
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Old Mar 15th, 2017, 18:46 PM   5
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Sorry this is off-topic, but how the heck do I post my own thread?



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Old Mar 16th, 2017, 15:56 PM   6
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Thanks, all. I have an update after speaking to my manager, and things have gotten worse.

My manager said to me that even if Occupational Health (whom I've been referred to) add their own medical certificate in addition to my GP's, the matrons will reject it. She actually had the gall to say to me that had they known I'd ever want to eliminate night shifts, that I'd have been 'turned away' from the job at the interview stage! I've been working my bum off in this unit for a year now and feel totally unvalued. She also told me that no one in our department works only day shifts, which I know is a lie. I know three people who don't do nights, one of whom is pregnant!

So I'm being lied to AND bullied while they ignore hospital policy.



 
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Old Mar 16th, 2017, 22:38 PM   7
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Are you in US or UK?



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2017, 08:05 AM   8
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They are not allowed to do this! Keep pushing. Contact your midwife and let her know your situation and if you have a union rep or similar in your workplace speak to them too. X



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2017, 08:14 AM   9
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Take a look on here if you're in UK. There's a bit about not doing night shifts on there and if they can't offer you day alternatives their only other option is to suspend you on full pay. X

https://www.maternityaction.org.uk/a...eturn-to-work/



 
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Old Mar 17th, 2017, 11:54 AM   10
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Are you in US or UK?
UK. I work at a major NHS trust.



 
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