All Bad Nurses - Please Stand Up - page 3

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  1. by   nursemike
    Patients go bad, but one of the best nurses I work with is also one of the least dramatic. She is always calm, even in emergencies, Never unpleasant to anyone, and one of the most efficient people I've ever seen in any field. Her aides say she works them harder than anyone else, but they love her, because she works just as hard, and its all about the patient. She's a mentor and a role model, and a friend if you need one, and anyone on my floor would know exactly who I'm talking about. I can't remember the last time she had a patient code--of course, we don't always work the same shift, but from what I've seen, she doesn't have many emergencies because she anticipates them and intervenes before it gets that bad.
    I don't honestly know if I'll ever be half the nurse she is--this last semester has taught me a lot about humility--but at least I do know what to aspire toward.
  2. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from nursemike?
    Patients go bad, but one of the best nurses I work with is also one of the least dramatic. She is always calm, even in emergencies, Never unpleasant to anyone, and one of the most efficient people I've ever seen in any field. Her aides say she works them harder than anyone else, but they love her, because she works just as hard, and its all about the patient. She's a mentor and a role model, and a friend if you need one, and anyone on my floor would know exactly who I'm talking about. I can't remember the last time she had a patient code--of course, we don't always work the same shift, but from what I've seen, she doesn't have many emergencies because she anticipates them and intervenes before it gets that bad.
    I don't honestly know if I'll ever be half the nurse she is--this last semester has taught me a lot about humility--but at least I do know what to aspire toward.
    Hey! That was a good message! I agree that that is a good nurse (The qualities you wrote about!)
  3. by   Dayray
    The good nurses are the ones that carry scissors in their pocket because I always forget mine and need to barrow them.


    So that makes me a bad nurse but I prefer to be called
    Knotty ..........please and thank you
    Last edit by Dayray on Jun 4, '04
  4. by   Agnus
    I like some of the others have stated am having a problem with where the OP is going with this.

    One day in one situation with one patient you might see me as a bad nurse and be correct another day in another situation with another patient you might see me as good and be correct.

    Please, define your terms at the very least.
  5. by   psychomachia
    Quote from Agnus

    One day in one situation with one patient you might see me as a bad nurse and be correct another day in another situation with another patient you might see me as good and be correct.

    When I'm good, I'm really good...


    and when I'm bad...





    I'm still pretty good...
  6. by   Groovydogg
    I have always said it is so easy to spot a bad nurse, and a nurse that does not like his/her job. mean nasty, in a hurry, take short cuts, wear black hats. (sorry couldn't resist)
  7. by   rnmi2004
    Oh yeah, I'm bad to the bone.
  8. by   qje999
    Quote from bcelzo
    how can you tell if the nurse your dealing with is bad nurse or good nurse?
    you need to observe this person and you will know. people can't put on a front indefinite. how does this person treat co workers and patients. this will tell you alot.
  9. by   pooh54
    Quote from TeenyBabyRN
    Sorry, but this just doesn't hold up. Patients will request not to have a particular nurse again for the most asinine reasons, such as:

    The patient tried to treat a particular nurse like a slave and the nurse would not stand for it.
    The nurse would not give the diabetic patient candy, cookies, and soda.
    The nurse would not change the diaper of a visitor's infant.
    The patient felt pain when the nurse gave the injection/started the IV.
    The nurse didn't have time to fluff the patient's pillow or refill the ice pitcher because she was coding one of her other patients.
    The nurse asked the 15-member family of a patient to select a representative to receive updates and keep the rest of them informed, rather than have to take 15-30 phone calls per shift to give updates.
    The nurse was floated from an entirely different type of unit and was uncomfortable with the procedures/patient load, therefore seemingly incompetent to the patient.
    The patient did not want to be NPO, but the nurse enforced the order.

    Sometimes people are just not reasonable and you cannot judge a nurse just by what people say. Get real.
    I am fortunate to be one of those nurse's that are told "Thank God, you're my baby's nurse today," I ALWAYS tke this with a lot of grains of salt. After 20 years of working, I've seen too many pt's and their families try to manipulate nurse with this. It doesn't mean I'm ungrateful to hear this but quite often, they proceed to tell me about the "bad" nurse who wouldn't let them do what they wanted with their baby, and then try to engage me in a conversation about how horrible that nurse was. Most of the time, I've had to explain that the baby's condition wouldn't allow the particular thing they wanted to do. If I find that this was a bad personality clash, I will go to the nurse and find her side of the story. We gotta stick together and educate ourselves,each other and the pt or family!
  10. by   TracyB,RN
    It depends alot on the different situations... I guess one of the things that I would consider to be "bad nursing" is the lack of compassion, lack of respect for pts & coworkers, & laziness.
    Good nurses.... let their relief know that they received new orders, but haven't had a chance to note them, let relief know that a dressing didn't get changed, etc, etc. It's all about communication, IMO...HOWEVER, if these issues are occuring on a frequent basis, I start to wonder what is going on that these tasks aren't completed... sometimes, timing is off & the day is just BAAADD, but if you are coming in to find a nurse on the phone, discussing dinner plans, or what movie to see, hmmmm? Poor organization in play?
    Poor communication = poor nursing
    Last edit by TracyB,RN on Apr 30, '05
  11. by   erroridiot
    Good Nurse = Competence

    Not Good Nurse = Incompetence
  12. by   mercyteapot
    This sounds like a set up for a joke. "You might be a bad nurse if..."

    You bring your personal or home problems to work and allow them to influence the way you treat your patients.

    You don't meet every task you undertake with due diligence, and you don't ask for help when you need it.

    You don't listen to what your patient and/or family have to say and consider their input valid. Not that you can fulfill all their wishes, but at least they are given a voice and an explanation of what is being done and why.

    You don't treat your patients with respect, even if they don't return the courtesy. And yes, even if they don't deserve it.

    I have come across two "bad" nurses in my time. The first was the day I was released from the hospital. She yelled at my husband for not parking where she told him to park, ignoring his explanation that the security guard assured him he would be ticketed if he did so. Then she yelled at both of us when we took a couple tries to successfully get our son belted into his car seat. She snarled "didn't you practice with this?" Yes, actually we did. Funny thing, though, when we practiced, there wasn't an actual baby in the seat. Second one was when my nearly three year old awoke from surgery to implant tympanostomy tubes, and he was frantically crying for longer than the other kids. My son has autism, and at the time had no receptive language, so we also hadn't been able to prepare him for the procedure. Of course he was frantic to awaken in a strange room, brightly lit, with strangers all around. Nurse Ratchitt announced that this "wasn't normal". Sensitive little dickens, wasn't she? I should've filed a complaint, but I was in an emotionally vunerable state myself. I'd hate to think she treated anyone else this way. Funny thing, though. The hospital policy is that the children eat a popsicle to ensure that they can keep it down, before they are discharged from the day surgery unit. I don't know how much you all know about autism, but when a child who has it decides that they aren't going to eat a popsicle, and a rigid nurse insists that they are, the child with autism WILL win out. Because otherwise, he'd still be sitting in the rocking chair to this day, refusing to eat the popsicle. After a couple hours, the nurse went to get her supervisor who talked to us and decided that possibly we were qualified to assess him for any possible after effects of the anesthesia (gee, like maybe barfing all over the place?) and let us go home. You really need to pick your battles sometimes!
  13. by   zenman
    "Good nurses" go to heaven; "Bad Nurses" go anywhere they want!! I've been all over the place! Wait, are you talking about the workplace?

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