Handling an issue at work

  1. Hello everyone,

    Is it acceptable for your team leader to interfere whenever he sees someone is talking to you or you are talking to someone?

    My team leader has become like that recently and was not like that before. His behavior hurts me and sometimes I feel like I want to cry because I feel I have no one in the unit and especially when I am new to unit and I come there once a week. Also he is watching me whenever he comes to my side.

    Is he disrespecting me?

    How should I handle the situation?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Wuzzie
    This is the third thread you've started about the same situation. I don't think asking strangers on the internet is helping you. You need to have a conversation with your manager about this issue. It seems to me from the things you've said they are concerned about your care. You need to clear this up and make the changes necessary for you to be successful in this position. Stop asking people who aren't there and don't know you and talk to your manager who is and does. I might also add you have spoken very disrespectfully about him in your posts and that attitude might be showing. Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear but I just don't think we can solve your problem via the internet.
  4. by   amoLucia
    Am agreeing with PP. It seems like you've been having performance competency issues that need to be addressed by you and your manager. As your manager/supervisor, he is responsible for your performance and the safety & wellbeing of your pts.

    And no that is NOT bullying, NOT disrespectful, nor NETYing.
  5. by   HudaMohsen
    Thanks for you both.

    I brought the subject up again because I am seeing that guy and his staff again tomorrow. He is not my manager, he is the team leader of the ward.
    My manager wants me to handle patients.

    If they think I have competency issues then why do they assign patients to me?
  6. by   llg
    Quote from HudaMohsen

    If they think I have competency issues then why do they assign patients to me?
    Could it be that caring for patients is your job? It sounds like providing patient care is part of your job -- and that the team leader is supervising you closely to be sure that the patients get the best care possible. If you are concerned about his supervision, then you need to set up a meeting with your manager and discuss it.
  7. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from HudaMohsen
    Thanks for you both.

    I brought the subject up again because I am seeing that guy and his staff again tomorrow. He is not my manager, he is the team leader of the ward.
    My manager wants me to handle patients.

    If they think I have competency issues then why do they assign patients to me?
    Because that is your job.

    As to the manager/team leader thing. You know what I was saying but just to be crystal clear you need to talk with the person who appears to have a problem with you and find out what it is. End of story!
  8. by   Extra Pickles
    I think this isn't in the USA from the language you're using. Cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings and do all the time. But in the end the only way to resolve whatever these issues are is exactly what the previous people responding to you have said, you need to talk with your manager. Otherwise you can expect the problem to either continue or get worse, these things never seem to just work themselves out without some kind of recognition being brought to light either on your part or theirs.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Don't let "hurt feelings" get in the way of doing a competent job. Listen to what the team leader has to say, show some respect and hopefully it will improve. A good nurse has to be strong.

    Talk to that person to hash our your problems.

    You have received excellent advice here; I suggest you take it.
  10. by   blackribbon
    The best way to handle this is to be a good nurse. Stop focusing on him and focus on your patient care and patients. He has the right to observe and if he was observing me, I'd simply introduce him to my patient. "This is Don. He is one of the team leaders for our unit and part of quality control on our floor is that from time to time they observe the staff. I guess it is my turn today." <then smile at the patient and continue with my patient care as though he wasn't there> Are you that self-conscious about your skills after 12 years in nursing that you can't perform without being nervous in front of your leadership team?

    I'd probably ask for feedback from him on anything I was doing off of policy or any suggestion that he had concerning my care the minute we walked out of the room so that it could be address right then and there. You have already admitted that there are policies that you are not aware of like reporting the leader when you go on break. Stop being so defense and just using it as a chance to learn. The quickest way I have gotten people off my butt is to show them I know what I am doing and instead of being defensive, treated them with respect.
  11. by   DeeAngel
    You're asking a question to which no one on the internet can give you an accurate answer.
  12. by   HudaMohsen
    Thanks everyone very much. I feel better after reading the replies. Sometimes we post to give vent to our feelings and worries.

    You encouraged me to confront him which I might have done, but guess what, he wasnt observing me last Saturday when I went to their unit( I go once week). He was very pleasant and sweet and easygoing as usual.

    I guess people get moody and agitated from time to time and we have to suffer.

    I am little nervous when I go to that unit because it has been 4 years since I worked as a bedside nurse.

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