I’ve not heard of this practice before, and I want to know if it is commonplace. A nurse worked full-time in a hospital for 15 years. After 16 years, she was promoted to a director role where she continued to provide direct patient care on a weekly basis. She was informed later that if she ever desires to go back to staff nursing, her years as director will be deducted from her total nursing years of experience. The reason given is that working in the director role means she’s really not working as an RN so her years as a director won’t count as RN experience.
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Questioning Practice,
The scenario, as you state it, sounds a bit unusual. The issue may be related to recent direct patient care experience for a manager who wishes to go back to direct care after being away from it for some time. Their “RN” experience wouldn’t be negated, but their direct care experience can be a factor in a job/position change. It is challenging to evaluate without knowing all the particulars.
Every employer has its own policies and practices for something like this. If this has happened to you or someone at your place of employment, I would suggest that you speak to your supervisor and/or the human resources department to see if you can challenge this ruling and this policy. Ask to see the written policy and inquire as to when it was implemented.
If you or another nurse believes they were treated unfairly, your other recourse would be to consult a nurse attorney for additional advice and support.