there's evil on that unit - page 2

I have been supplementing my income working as an agency nurse at one of our community hospitals. I have never had a problem with any of the nurses at this facility. A few nights ago I was sent to... Read More

  1. by   Flynurse
    I truly believe in the old saying...."One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch."

    I have worked on a floor where the nurses can be absolutely rude! But, if they are scheduled where some of them don't work together...some of them can be somewhat nice. I think if bad attitudes are amongst the bunch they tend to slowly ooze into the attitudes of those who do not have a very good sense of who they are.

    Be happy. Move on. Don't go back!

    My tribute to those who have their names on the chairs!
    Last edit by Flynurse on Mar 31, '03
  2. by   canoehead
    Screaming? Puh-leeze.

    Just tell them you work for the full 12 hours as best you can but after 12 h you stop, and pass it on and you expect the same of them. If they have a problem with that they'll just have to suck it up. Tell them to go to hell beyond that, and go home and enjoy your bed in peace.

    FYI living with that amount of stress would be too much for me as an experienced nurse, and if you are new I do not know how you will survive. Think about moving on, at least until you have a few years of positive experiences under your belt. Even if this is your dream job...it will still be there B/C no one else is going to put up with that crap.
  3. by   kitty=^..^=cat
    A previous administrator of mine was notorious with the nursing staff at the hospital. At some time in the past, the nurses had gotten really possessive of the chairs at the nursing station (I don't know that they'd gone so far as to label them...), so he took them away and had the Maintenance Services people deliver a couple of straight chairs from the classroom. For the couple of weeks that the good chairs were in his office, I HATED going to that floor to review charts or investigate incident reports...

    As far as agency nurses getting treated badly is concerned - agency nurses are "the bomb" in my book. They're there to save your tail, sometimes at a moment's notice. Agency nurses and travelers are great resource people as well -- they've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly and often have great ideas for improvement. I love having a few minutes with an active traveler to find out what's working at other hospitals they've been assigned to...

    It sounds like the chicks with the labeled chairs are creating a hostile work environment and need intervention. You might give that facility's HR department a "head's up" -- I doubt they're aware of the behavior.
  4. by   debRNo1
    Originally posted by eddy
    It's all about working as a team.........
    If everyone would just get their own work done, there would be far fewer issues.
    Teamwork is a wonderful thing but something that is not always there. When it is I fully appreciate it as I guess we all do. I am a team player and I dont mind picking up where they leave off or helping where I can.

    Not all nurses are teamplayers and it makes for a difficult shift if they are not playing along. I dont put my blinders on and IGNORE rooms out of "my district". I WILL answer your bells and assist your pts. If I see another nurse falling behind I will offer my help and most will take it. Im not looking for payback but help is a nice thing to get when you NEED it.

    This is not my dream job by no means but I thought I might hack it out for a year or two for the experience and tuition reimbursment.

    deb
  5. by   nurseJLoo
    Wow ! did we work at the same place ! and nights gets paid more too.
  6. by   teeituptom
    As long as you dont see Barnabas and Quentin Collins lurking about you can consider yourself safe I guess.
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Ooh...a Dark Shadows reference...we are giving our ages away Tom...hehe.

    I used to rush home from school everyday to see that show...
  8. by   Shell7280
    The hospital I get staffed at the most is awesome to agency nurses. It's the furthest facility from my home, but I prefer it because of how I get treated. They truly seem grateful for the extra help, I usually have a light load of patients and everyone helps everyone out.

    They do however put the sticker with their name and their pt room numbers up where they plan to sit for the day, it keeps it organized, doesn't end up being a problem since they have plenty of seating, and the first day I was there, they told me how they do it.

    I wish every facility appreciated agency nurses just as much.
  9. by   Bundles of Joy
    I've worked for a nursing agency for 5 years now. Sometimes I meet nurses that give me a lot of attitude because I am with a agency, so what, it's their problem not yours and it's not personal. I'm sure that they most likely treat everyone with the same bitter disposition as they did you.

    Keep doing a good job

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