agency nurse asks..how to deal with difficult staff nurse - page 2

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What is best way to deal with a staff nurse that is increasingly becoming difficult. We each have assigned team. This nurse started friendly, extremely talkative on noc shift. Then began establishing her own policies and... Read More


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    Confront her the next time she does something. Imagine the scenarios playing out again and what you truly wish you could tell her in the most professional and assertive way possible (read don't be AGGRESSIVE, passive-aggressive is fine ). Reflect her overly-concerned inservice type demeanor right back to her. Tell her plainly, "Look Sally, I know you were probably trying to help with Mrs. B in 204 but now she has received double the dosage of acetaminophen and given her history of elevated liver enzymes I am concerned that she might develop hepatoxicy. I am going to have to write you up and you know how much I don't like doing that, especially since you were trying to help. How about in the future you let me take care of my own patients? I know you are worried because I am here on contract but I have plenty of experience and went through the same channels to receive my degree that you did." Step up your game by being prepared and make this woman fear that she might have over-reached her bounds.
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    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS communicate what is going on at your hospital with your recruiter, tell her facts and examples, not I am dealing with this BXXCH at XXXXXXX, fact, examples, and you got some good ones,. . .

    Your recruiter is a lifeline in the fast running river, a floatation device on the ocean and so on. . .

    They should always be aware of this stuff, especially if you are the only nurse there from this agency. Then if this should bloom into something else, (ie something you can't stay and tolerate), you can get another contract and not be the BAD GUY.

    Wish you the best of luck!!!! Bullys Suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Talk with your clinical coordinator he/she will usually schedule a meeting with all parties to hash out problems. If diff ulities can not be solved then u should be able to break your contract w/o any serious consequences. Wishing u the best of luck.
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    I worked for an agency that didn't do anything with a hostile nurse. lmao! Luckily I was there long enough for her bosses to appreciate when I was there, so I was able to report it directly to the facility. I never went back.

    As for travel, my recruiter is pretty good about fixing things. I am having problems with a charge nurse like this. She just gave me a bad evaluation. o_O lmao! I was going to confront the Manager, but you know I think I will let my recruiter handle this.
    Last edit by dance4life on Mar 18, '12
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    She is a bully! The is first thing I would do is go through the proper chain of command. If that doesn't work, then you'd have to result to more confrontational methods. Theres a reason why she is only picking on you. You need to put her in her place or find somewhere else in the facility to work.
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    I have no advice, but it seems like there are more nurses in the workforce with personality disorders than there is in the general population. i've seen a few crack up over little or no reason.
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    Sometimes staff nurses have a resentment for agency nurses. I guess there are plenty of reasons why, but it doesn't make our jobs any easier. I would tell her that I respect her position there and appreciate any useful help she has to offer. I would try to turn it around so that perhaps she would not feel threatened by me. This gesture would be an attempt to try to calm the situation and improve the working relationship. I would try to take a different approach than an all out confrontation. If you have to work with somebody you don't want them trying to stab you in the back at every opportunity, and if you make her mad, she will. I would also let my agency know what was going on, perhaps they could intervene. The agency should be made aware of the working conditions for their nurses. I had a terrible time recently at a facility and I decided that I would not go back. It was obvious to me that the other nurses didn't want agency nurses there. During my time there I was polite and courteous. I didn't cause any conflict and I removed myself from bad situations at every opportunity. That is the good thing about an agency nurse, you don't have to take a bad assignment.


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