Every nurse manager has had to deal with a situation where they confront an employee who smells of alcohol. This is not an easy task, and it can be even more difficult if the person in question is your most senior nurse on duty. What do you do?
In this blog post, we will go over some strategies for what you can say and how to handle this situation in a way that is best for everyone involved!
Steps to take if you confront your most senior nurse:
Remain calm and create a safe space for the employee. If they need time to regain composure, allow them that opportunity. Take some deep breaths with them. Make sure they understand it is not their fault; there are resources available in the event of an addiction problem or mental health issue (e.g., Employee Assistance Program).
Letting this person know that will go a long way towards helping maintain morale and trust throughout the organization. Ensure confidentiality by telling only those who absolutely have to be told (e.g., security guard) so as not to make matters worse than they already are due to gossiping employees at work sharing all manner of speculation.