I am a registered nurse with over 35 years experience in OB/GYN, specifically in clinic, private office settings. For the last 4 years, I have been the Nurse Mgr. for a mobile health unit, serving pregnant women in our urban communities who are medically underserved. Our goal is to improve the infant mortality rate in our city by offering screenings, prenatal education, clinic referrals, depression screens, offering free home visiting services, among other things.
Our CEO, has been very distant & dismissive of me for the past 7 months. (since Covid) If I stick my head to ask her a question, she doesn't acknowledge my presence and keeps her eyes glued to either her computer screen or phone. I emailed her in April and told her that I sensed some tension between us & apologized if I had unintentionally done something to upset her or offend her. She emailed back & said she refused to discuss the matter over email & that she might have time in between conference calls to call me in the next few days. I wrote back "That's fine please call me on Monday." She never called, and avoids me at all costs, never engages me in conversations etc. The only thing that I can figure out is that I made the decision to take our mobile unit off the road in April when we shut down due to safety concerns for both staff & clients. Our unit is basically a 30 foot RV, that we have modified for our needs, and social distancing would be next to impossible, along with minimal ventilation etc. I should add that we work with high risk populations, and because pregnancy is a high risk for contracting COVId, we did not want any exposure for those moms to be. This was all discussed at a manager's meeting the week prior,(with our CEO) and we agreed that as soon as we had local cases, we would go off road. I took that to mean that when I heard that news a few days later, that I could go ahead and sent out an announcement. I am assuming this really ticked her off..as she promptly stated in a meeting that she had not given the ok to release that info, but she NEVER mentioned it to me, nor did she come to me and communicate her displeasure. Since that time, I have been walking on eggshells...very upset, waking up every night with heart racing etc. Everyone at work is aware of the problem, and sees what is going on. Evidently this is not unusual for her...I have heard from other (senior staff) that she often picks someone to be a target and treats them with total disrespect.
I should add that up until April, she had nothing but good things to say about me, was supportive & complimentary to me in my work &in discussing my role with partner agencies, donors etc.
I am 67 years old. I have worked with the underprivileged, specifically pregnant women all my professional life. I am good at what I do, can spot potential OB complications in a heartbeat, am great at risk assessment & charting etc.
I have been looking for another job, at the request of my family, who sees how upset I am. I am so conflicted though because I absolutely LOVE my job, and love our cients. I feel like I have really improved & expanded the services we offer, and I am like & trusted by our moms. I will miss my job terribly, and frankly I don't know what the prospects for a new job are for me at my age. (I do have a phone interview on Monday for an OB clinic in the city though) Also, I have never in my life experienced such actual evil actions by another individual towards me. I don't even know what to make of this! I have thought about going to the board, but have been told that that won't do anything because others have done it and nothing ever happens because "the board thinks she walks on water." So I am stuck, I believe. Do you all have any suggestions, any insight into what might be going on, and ig I might have any legal recourse in this matter? If I do leave, I will most certainly write to each of the board members individually and give my 2 cents in a professional but succinct manner. Thanks in advance..