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Is this a public or private hospital? That is, is your employer the State of Texas or the City / County of Dallas? Or is it a private, non-governmental entity?
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UTSW in Dallas.
Thank you. First of all, this pledge sounds like an "informal" pledge, essentially an acknowledgement of what is expected of you at this location. It would be difficult for her to use it against you should you "break" the pledge as a basis to terminate, although the underlying action that constituted the breach of the pledge could potentially be used.
Likewise, you don't have to sign the pledge, although refusing to could, potentially be determined to be insubordination if there is no valid basis to object (such as freedom of speech, religion, etc... grounds).
Yes, this information would otherwise be covered by those other standards, but again, this would be informal and would not really be binding. I don't see any harm in signing such a document if the content itself would be unobjectionable, as it would merely be a recognition of the expectations.
As for the contract, I'm not certain that you even asked a question there, but if this is something that you agreed to, then contractually it would be what you have to do, and there's nothing in the statutes that would say that it was illegal to require them.
As for the smoking, "carryover" smoke, if not addressed in the policies themselves, would not be "actionable", so long as the employees were not actually smoking on the grounds.
Only the terms of the policies could be actionable by you.
Being an employee of UTSW, you have additional rights that employees at private hospitals would not have, but not a lot of additional rights. In short, you can't just be terminated for any reason, but rather have a right to be terminated "for cause". That means cause related to your work.
That's why I brought up "insubordination". That could be such a cause based reason to terminate
If this was a private employer, they could terminate you for any reason, so long as it was not illegal (based on your race, age, religion, gender, or disability).
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX response. Life as a nurse is just becoming very challenging with all the distractions of technology and potential patient neglect. I've seen Group One used related to personality conflict and inconsistency of enforcement of rules. I feel harassed at times. Like they try to push older staff to quit.
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(and I understand the life of a nurse... my mom was an ER nurse for a long time)
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