Is this new grad a nut or what? Opinions please ! - page 6

We have a new grad on our floor. We kept hearing that she was going to be so good. She graduated with a 4.0 and her parents are both physicians. Well, she is far from good. She turns off her... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Quote from llg
    I find the accent thing interesting. Some people unconsciously pick up accents very easily. My sister is that way. She can immitate accents easiy ... and will unconsciously pick up a little of whatever accent she is around. I also do that a little without noticing it. We are a very verbal family and I suspect it has something to do with the way our brains are wired for auditory processing.

    It would be interesting to know if she were conscious of it.

    llg
    Gotta agree there !

    It takes VERY LITTLE time for me to pick up the accent I'm around.. even if I happen to not LIKE that particular accent ! And I mean, it can be merely DAYS, too, if I'm around it a lot. This new grad probably spends quite a few hours per day with her preceptor.. I can see that happening easily enough.

    Would also depend on just how MUCH of an accent as well, and if it is forced, or obvious. If it's simply a few little items here and there, that's rather common. I know it is for me. Pretty much as llg described above.

    Has anyone mentioned the pager bit to her? She might still consider herself immersed in the "student" role, and has not quite accepted the reality that she is, indeed, now a nurse.. with all the responsibilities that go with the title.

    She might just need a reality check.

    Anyway... give the girl a chance.

    While book knowlege isn't everything, I'd be careful to not be tooooooo judgemental yet, either. I, too, am a "slow learner". But once I have it down, I'm good to go, and you can count on me ! Everyone has their own pace. I'd hate to be judged on that.

    Some ppl love to jump on someone (even if subconsciously) simply BECAUSE said person had a 4.0, or simply BECAUSE parents are physicians, etc. Know what I mean?

    "Assuming" things, and perhaps even projecting their own subtle little jealousies/assumptions onto the new grad simply BECAUSE of these things.

    Give her time, and I say don't be too rash in judging. That can still come later if warranted.
  2. by   eagnd
    TURN OFF HER PAGER!!!! ABSOLUTELY NOT I WOULD THINK THAT IS VERY ILLEGAL..AND ALSO A THREAT FOR WHERE YOU WORK..IF SOMEONE NEEDED HER ASSISTANCE AND SHE HAS THAT OFF I WOULD CONSIDER IT AN EASY LAWSUIT...SLOW..I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU ARE TAKING TIME AND RIGHT OUT OF ORIENTATION THAT TO ME IS UNDERSTANDABLE..TO IMMITATE A COWORKER..THAT IS VERY DEMEANING TO THE WORKER INVOLVED. I WOULDNT CARE IF HER FAMILY IS DR'S I WOULD WRITE UP THIS BEHAVIOR...ESP. THE PAGER SINCE YOU ARE AWARE WOULDNT YOU BE PART TO BLAME THINK ABOUT IT THAT COULD BE VERY SERIOUS............
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    We have a new grad on our floor. We kept hearing that she was going to be so good. She graduated with a 4.0 and her parents are both physicians. Well, she is far from good.

    First of all the RN who is precepting her is from England and now she goes around speaking with a Britiish accent to everyone including the doctors. They kind of look at her like they are not taking her serious.

    Second she turns off her pager to chart. In the meantime her patients are asking for pain meds and she is ignoring them.

    Third, she is sooo very slow. She has been on orientation for a month and this week they have started letting her take her own patients (just 2 easy pts)and everything she does is being overseen by one of us. She says she knows how to do everything but you check on her and she's got the PB plugged in under the pump. I can take alot, I've been a preceptor for years and with some real challenges who have turned out to be very good nurses. The thing that really blows my mind is the fact that she has picked up the British accent. Fiona, our brit, has told her numerous times to cut it out and speak normally but has finally given up. I mean is she immature or what? Any opinions? Suggestions? Thanks!
  3. by   JennaJonRN
    Are you just her co-worker, or are you in a supervisory position? How is it that you see everything she is doing wrong?

    I can completely understand your anger at her lack of patient load, but honestly, if you are not her preceptor--its not your immediate concern.

    Talk to her and see if she is really slow or just slow to learn the procedures-then step aside and let others observe her.

    Its nice that you intend to "protect" the floor from someone who is incompetent and could quite possibly endanger patients, but I fail to see how you can observe so much that she is doing if you are doing your job too.
  4. by   Aquamarine
    Hey, I think you should try to be more accepting...she is new, who cares who her parents are....? You obviously do. That should not matter. A lot of personalities walk into nursing, she can still be a good nurse someday. Maybe you can actually be kind, have a heart to heart with her after work. Extend yourself and you canl be responsible for making her a good nurse perhaps. Everyone is different, haven't you noticed? It does not mean she cannot be good...she is still learning and still new. Be the one that makes a dfference and I think you will be surprised at what reslults you get. Just try and see...
  5. by   Diahni
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    We have a new grad on our floor. We kept hearing that she was going to be so good. She graduated with a 4.0 and her parents are both physicians. Well, she is far from good.

    First of all the RN who is precepting her is from England and now she goes around speaking with a Britiish accent to everyone including the doctors. They kind of look at her like they are not taking her serious.

    Second she turns off her pager to chart. In the meantime her patients are asking for pain meds and she is ignoring them.

    Third, she is sooo very slow. She has been on orientation for a month and this week they have started letting her take her own patients (just 2 easy pts)and everything she does is being overseen by one of us. She says she knows how to do everything but you check on her and she's got the PB plugged in under the pump. I can take alot, I've been a preceptor for years and with some real challenges who have turned out to be very good nurses. The thing that really blows my mind is the fact that she has picked up the British accent. Fiona, our brit, has told her numerous times to cut it out and speak normally but has finally given up. I mean is she immature or what? Any opinions? Suggestions? Thanks!
    yeah, she's immature - the accent is a dead give away that she's not happy with herself. I'm a nursing student, and it's not easy, anyway. Even worse when somebody's playing games.
  6. by   boulergirl
    I worked in nursing homes for four months when I was a teenager, and I picked up an accent doing that. Mom got irritated and told me I came home everyday sounding like "white trash". She would die if she had to come visit me and heard the accents my roommates have. Some of them lay the Southern on THICK.

    Now I work with a lot of African-Americans, and I don't have an accent, but I've picked up some of the hip-hop lingo. I'm sure my parents would be impressed :icon_roll
  7. by   zicovico
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    We have a new grad on our floor. We kept hearing that she was going to be so good. She graduated with a 4.0 and her parents are both physicians. Well, she is far from good.

    First of all the RN who is precepting her is from England and now she goes around speaking with a Britiish accent to everyone including the doctors. They kind of look at her like they are not taking her serious.

    Second she turns off her pager to chart. In the meantime her patients are asking for pain meds and she is ignoring them.

    Third, she is sooo very slow. She has been on orientation for a month and this week they have started letting her take her own patients (just 2 easy pts)and everything she does is being overseen by one of us. She says she knows how to do everything but you check on her and she's got the PB plugged in under the pump. I can take alot, I've been a preceptor for years and with some real challenges who have turned out to be very good nurses. The thing that really blows my mind is the fact that she has picked up the British accent. Fiona, our brit, has told her numerous times to cut it out and speak normally but has finally given up. I mean is she immature or what? Any opinions? Suggestions? Thanks!

    From my perception, you sounds somewhat very judgmental. Why don't you try and give this new graduate the benefit of the doubt. By the way, what's wrong with mimicking British accent? Give her a break.
  8. by   zicovico
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Kinda reminds me of a girl at my job, who mysteriously didn't have a southern accent, until one of the doctors kidded around with another nurse about her accent. A couple of people asked where she got her accent in only 3 months.

    Sounds like this person needs to be brought up to the director. The British accent is weird, but turning off the pager to chart, and ignoring requests from pts. is negligence.


    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH BRITISH ACCENT?
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zicovico
    WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH BRITISH ACCENT?
    I did not say there was anything wrong with a British accent. Good grief!


    I was referencing the person who picked the accent up (mocking her IMHO) from someone else. Picking up the accent is weird.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zicovico
    From my perception, you sounds somewhat very judgmental. Why don't you try and give this new graduate the benefit of the doubt. By the way, what's wrong with mimicking British accent? Give her a break.
    The person she picked the accent up from is not taking it as complimentary. I don't blame her. I'd feel like the girl that picked the accent up was mocking me.
  11. by   Kelly_the_Great
    But a nut
  12. by   PsychRNMsz
    Quote from llg
    I find the accent thing interesting. Some people unconsciously pick up accents very easily. My sister is that way. She can immitate accents easiy ... and will unconsciously pick up a little of whatever accent she is around. I also do that a little without noticing it. We are a very verbal family and I suspect it has something to do with the way our brains are wired for auditory processing.

    It would be interesting to know if she were conscious of it.

    llg
    I pick up accents in conversations too without knowing it... my 4 y/o called me on it after we picked up the mexican food one night "mommy why are you rolling your r's" too many years moving around I guess...

    LOL
    Christa
  13. by   MsMonicaRN
    the accent thing is wacky...i agree with others who have wondered what this girl's response is when she is confronted about it. sometimes there is a perfectly good explaination for the weird things people do. but, im also human and just from reading your post she sounds like someone i would easily be annoyed by (i dont like followers) and probably avoid.

    in this new grad's defense regarding her turning off the beeper...my friend who worked with me at my previous hospital started as a new grad with me and she used to have to go to a back room every time she wanted to chart. i thought it was wacky as hell and she was "sooooo slow." however, in time i realized some people take longer to adjust to the faster-than-the-speed-of-light pace of nursing. most nursing stations are a frenzy. so, after a while i didnt think twice about the way she handled her pt. care as long as she continued to be safe and get her work done in time. (of course in time my friend grew out of this need/habit). if this new grad needs more time, give it to her. rushed people will not be safe. if she's charting at the desk she can still be made aware of emergencies and the unit secretary can tell her when a pt is calling. hey better yet, someone tell her or tell the manager she aint pulling her load! pretty soon she will realize she needs to put the actual people ahead of the paperwork.

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