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Punished for good time management (Vent)

  1. 13 I've had a bad week, high volume of patients, no room in the house so nothing really moves. And it seems because I have good time management skills I and others have to pick up the slack from certain nurses. I understand if you're in a one to one situation, but when you have three stable normal pts and I have five and I'm still doing half your orders, it ****** me off. I am all for helping out and working as a team, but when my charge is constantly telling me to do other peoples orders it kind of sucks! I'm tired of having to do triage two nights in a row because other nurses refuse to do it...how are you allowed to refuse your assignment? I'm just very frustrated after a bad week. Especially since it's always the same nurses who need help, but rarely lend a hand when you need it.

    Rant over!
  2. Visit  SionainnRN profile page

    About SionainnRN

    SionainnRN has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Emergency Room, Trauma ICU'. From 'So Cal'; Joined May '11; Posts: 933; Likes: 2,915.

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  3. Visit  bebbercorn profile page
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    Quote from SionainnRN
    ... it's always the same nurses who need help, but rarely lend a hand when you need it.
    Exactly as you put it.
    gonzo1, joanna73, PaintedWings♥, and 8 others like this.
  4. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Been there...done that....join the group...((HUGS))
  5. Visit  2015 profile page
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    Your doctors don't put in orders or did I miss something?

    Keep yourself busy and don't help. I don't see how you can start helping someone who has three stable when you have five. Use that time to render 'relationship centered care' to your five pts. You are encouraging poor time management skills when you keep helping. And the charge nurse should be the one helping.
    maelstrom143, SnowShoeRN, gonzo1, and 6 others like this.
  6. Visit  morte profile page
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    yeah, I would get real good about not being available, lol.
    Quote from 2015
    Your doctors don't put in orders or did I miss something?

    Keep yourself busy and don't help. I don't see how you can start helping someone who has three stable when you have five. Use that time to render 'relationship centered care' to your five pts. You are encouraging poor time management skills when you keep helping. And the charge nurse should be the one helping.
    sharpeimom, gonzo1, and caliotter3 like this.
  7. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Another way to approach this (since nothing is likely to be done to correct it) is to look at it as "work to be done" rather than "work that Sally didn't do". You are there to work during your shift, it really makes no difference where that work originated. If Sally is satisfying her supervisor with lower standards there probably isn't much you can do (besides taking the advice to make yourself otherwise busy). See how long it takes mgmt to figure out that Sally's low standards have affected the entire unit.
    iluvgusgus, sharpeimom, gonzo1, and 8 others like this.
  8. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    Quote from 2015
    Your doctors don't put in orders or did I miss something? Keep yourself busy and don't help. I don't see how you can start helping someone who has three stable when you have five. Use that time to render 'relationship centered care' to your five pts. You are encouraging poor time management skills when you keep helping. And the charge nurse should be the one helping.
    The docs put in orders. I'll be sitting to chart and my charge nurse tells me to clear their flags cause I've got to help them. Always great when I have almost double their pt load. And it's not like they're stuck in a one to one sitch with a critical pt. nope they are just really good at looking busy.
    serenity1 likes this.
  9. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    Quote from caliotter3
    Another way to approach this (since nothing is likely to be done to correct it) is to look at it as "work to be done" rather than "work that Sally didn't do". You are there to work during your shift, it really makes no difference where that work originated. If Sally is satisfying her supervisor with lower standards there probably isn't much you can do (besides taking the advice to make yourself otherwise busy). See how long it takes mgmt to figure out that Sally's low standards have affected the entire unit.
    Yes but then I'm stretched way too thin with my five pts and taking over their two pts cause they're slacking. I have no prob picking up the slack if their pt gets critical but when they have three stable easy pts and can't get their orders done it ****** me off.
    JBudd, serenity1, and PaintedWings♥ like this.
  10. Visit  Levitas profile page
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    Forgive me if it isn't my place to say this, especially since I have no real experience, but, wouldn't it be better to explain your frustration to the nurse(s) that are causing you this woe?

    Do people still do that? Talk out their issues with one another? Would I be overstepping my boundaries if I did that when I get out in the field? I don't know if I could go on through an entire shift without letting someone know something like that.
  11. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    Quote from Levitas
    Forgive me if it isn't my place to say this, especially since I have no real experience, but, wouldn't it be better to explain your frustration to the nurse(s) that are causing you this woe? Do people still do that? Talk out their issues with one another? Would I be overstepping my boundaries if I did that when I get out in the field? I don't know if I could go on through an entire shift without letting someone know something like that.
    If it was a personal conflict then absolutely. But since these people are notoriously slow and it's my charge nurse telling me to do their orders there's not much I can do. I don't feel it's my place to tell them that they need to improve their time management. That's for the charge nurse to do.
  12. Visit  The_Optimist profile page
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    Quote from SionainnRN
    If it was a personal conflict then absolutely. But since these people are notoriously slow and it's my charge nurse telling me to do their orders there's not much I can do. I don't feel it's my place to tell them that they need to improve their time management. That's for the charge nurse to do.
    I think Levitas meant for you to speak with your charge nurse.
    Also, I know it does not look like that right now, but see it as a compliment to your excellent time management skills.

    "It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it."
    maelstrom143 and SnowShoeRN like this.
  13. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    Quote from Esme12
    Been there...done that....join the group...((HUGS))
    Dang! My name taken in vain again
  14. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    You are not the problem, the charge nurse is the problem.

    Document, document, document, how the triage role is not rotated according to the staffing matrix and why not.

    The faster you move, the more time you have to pick up the slack. This is NOT good time management if it leads to extra work .Focus on YOUR assignment, fluff and buff it to be busy.. they will use you and abuse you.... IF you allow it.
    icuRNmaggie, serenity1, gonzo1, and 2 others like this.


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