I work in a rural hospital (post partum unit) where it seems that EVERYBODY talks about EVERYBODY. Is anybody else really bothered about stuff like that? It seems that these people spend more time gossiping about one another than taking care of patients, and I find myself picking up the slack while the "experienced" nurses are sitting around.
Like today, I'm still technically on orientation, and the nurse I was working with assigned me 4 patients that required a LOT of care (and 4 isn't bad) but she only had 2 that required very little care. I understand I'm on orientation and I'm supposed to be gaining experience and all that, but I think that the work load could have been a little more evenly distributed, don't 'ya think? Then, she spent like all of her time back in L&D helping out the nurse back there (one of her good buddies) so I wound up taking care of her patients AND mine -- 2 of which were fresh vag deliveries that required frequent checks.
I mean, come on! I'm new, but that doesn't mean I'm there to do everybody else's work! I usually don't get my break or dinner break and I'm usually there for at least a half hour after my shift ends, catching up on paperwork. (And it's NOT poor time management...I'm working the entire time.)
Anybody else dealing with stuff like this?