I feel bad for my chief, he has been having to deal with a lot of trouble in our battalion lately. Between me and cancer and personnel issues of other natures, 2011 just hasn’t been a good year for him or any of us really.
I can count on two hands how many times in the past 2 work days I’ve been told to “stay out of trouble.” My reply is always that I haven’t been around enough this year to get into any trouble. Things at my station in particular haven’t been great, we’ve had two major issues over the past few months, neither of which ended well for those involved. Which brings me to the whole point of this post. I put this out as a learning situation for everyone, not to assign blame or implicate anyone.
When encountered with the mountain of paperwork we do and the litigious nature of healthcare these days, please make sure your paperwork is completed correctly. Cutting corners and purposely falsifying reports (or even giving the appearance of falsification) will get you and/or your agency in big trouble. You may even lose your job or your licensure (or both, considering how in this profession they are not mutually exclusive, loss of one almost guarantees loss of the other), and it’s a risk that in a poor job market we can’t afford. Don’t risk your job to do a favor for someone else or to make things easier on you in the short term because it may just hurt you in the long term.
Which brings me to another thought: if you have orders given to you, carry them out so long as they are legal. If you are ordered to willfully violate the law the order itself is unlawful. Being ordered to present a professional appearance (as defined by your individual agency) is a lawful order, so why take the disciplinary action that is guaranteed if you get caught? It makes no sense to be disciplined for something so simple as your uniform (or even your paperwork) when you could have avoided the situation in the first place.
Words of wisdom: Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.