A horrible nurse

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    Am at my wits end. I work recovery and the charge nurse of the OR is a mean and nasty person. Thats it. She is mean and spiteful, and could care less about patients. Example: ICU patients with an Art line and CVP and serious surgery are brought to recovery in a gurney rather than a bed. This means, an extra transfer for the patient, possible loss of lines etc..., and greater pt discomfort. Why she orders her nurses to bring them in a gurney? She feels like it. It's easier. I don't want to make the OR work harder, but they have to transfer the pt anyway. This is ALL about patient safety, not staff convinience. I have to push that bed to the room you know. A gurney would be easy on me. See my point? She yelled at me again the other day for trying to advocate for a patient. The DON has had several written complaints on her, but never does a thing. I don't think I can stand he open hostility much longer, but I'm not quitting a job I LOVE just for one rotten apple.
    Thanks for the forum to vent!@
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    I feel your pain... vent all you want!!! Thank Heavens we have this site to vent when we need to!!!

    You can take comfort in knowing you are a caring person, and that the OR charge nurse must be living a miserable life.... and the DON is miserable because she's unable to do her job completely!
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    The path of the rightous RN is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish, and the tyranny of evil women. Scorned and burned individuals like you mention most always get whats coming to them. Love her. Introduce her to love. But know this person most certainly will get whats coming to them. Amen.
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    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    The path of the rightous RN is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish, and the tyranny of evil women. Scorned and burned individuals like you mention most always get whats coming to them. Love her. Introduce her to love. But know this person most certainly will get whats coming to them. Amen.
    Isn't that a bit sexist.

    Amen.
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    Isn't it amazing how one person can sour an already stressful situation.

    I don't have any answers for you. But if you have some legitimate complaints. Continue to put them in writing each and every time they occur. Sooner or later as more complaints are filed, they might be addressed.

    Sometimes, I think though in these days of nursing shortages, particular lack of leaders and charge nurses they overlook a lot.

    Good luck. Good nurses and patient advocates will prevail in the end. I'm convinced.
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    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    The path of the rightous RN is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish, and the tyranny of evil women. Scorned and burned individuals like you mention most always get whats coming to them. Love her. Introduce her to love. But know this person most certainly will get whats coming to them. Amen.
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    What comes around goes around.........

    eventually
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    What goes around, comes around, sometimes only in our wishes.
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    You might want to read:

    David Weiner's book: "Power Freaks: Dealing with Them in the Workplace or Anywhere," and

    Rachel Simmons' book: "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls" (Though this author mistakenly believes that girls seem to outgrow this as they get older, her descriptions of the phenomenon are right on and all too familiar).
    Last edit by sjoe on Jan 20, '03
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    You'll be blessed for the good care you try to give your patients. As for the thorn in your side, pull it out. Don't allow her to make one minute or your day miserable (I know -- easier said than done). Maybe you could try the kill them with kindness routine......but while you're killing her with kindness, keep documenting! :wink2:
    Last edit by future_guru on Jan 20, '03
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    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Isn't that a bit sexist.

    Amen.
    You took the words right out of my mouth!

    Kris


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