Is this new grad a nut or what? Opinions please ! - page 7

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   DutchgirlRN
    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.
    What's wrong with mimicking a British accent? Everything! She doesn't come from England. Her preceptor has asked her several times to stop. It's childish and disrespectful :angryfire of her preceptor feelings, who is a true jem and wonderful nurse. If she put her time into learning something other than the British accent
    maybe now 100% of the staff wouldn't be complaining about her !!! Your perception is wrong and I am NOT judgemental.
  2. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from msmonicarn
    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.
    here! here ! monica i couldn't have said it better myself, you have hit the nail on the head !
  3. by   prmenrs
    Sooo? What's been happening w/the situation?
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from prmenrs
    Sooo? What's been happening w/the situation?
    Evidently she has plenty of book sense but no common sense and every one is afraid she doesn't or won't be capable of having any critical thinking skills. Yesterday she had a pt with a BP of 230/120 and she thought it was ok because the pt had come in with an elevated BP. The patient was in to r/o CVA and c/o severe headache. She gave her 2 tylenol and wasn't even concerned to call the doctor. Her preceptor had to force her to call the doctor. No, she's not afraid of doctors. She was talking to the doctor on the phone with that phoney British accent. Oh please give me a break !
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Oct 15, '05
  5. by   kadokin
    Quote from kbclary4
    I find the accent thing very interesting. I know it is easy to pick a few things up here and there, but and entire British accent is odd. My hubby (from up north a bit) now says "fixin to" and "pitch a fit" which are two things he used to tease me endlessly about saying, but not with an accent. I have also started to say aunt the way it is spelled rather than 'ant' like I did before. I work with a girl who talks to herself (animatedly) constatly and bursts into laughter for no reason. She actually did this near a patient who had a somewhat sensitive problem and he got a bit miffed. She wasn't laughing at him, she just does that every few minutes. Sometimes I will see her talking and using hand guestures when no one is around buit the wall. She is really smart though.
    I don't mean to be harsh and judgmental, but it sounds like she might be really psychotic as well a really smart. These 2 characteristics can sometimes go hand in hand. You need to get someone else to witness the behavior and see if she might need some help.
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    I feel sorry for this strange girl. Yesterday they gave her 3 patients on her own. I saw her talking to the computers that were off "Come on tonto you know you can win this race", others saw her talking to the TV's in the patients rooms. I saw her biting her lower lip so bad that she had blood on her front teech. She would run down the hall for no reason and then get in a patients room and go "wow that's tiring". I think it's time for her to go. Just my opinion.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Oct 15, '05
  7. by   chadash
    Yeah that accent thing, any adnormal psychology in that? Might be just a creative type...
  8. by   chadash
    I suppose being a new nurse is very stressful, and under that kind of stress some things might surface....could she be very vulnerable, and over identifying with her preceptor...not mocking but emulating her? Could she do with some good counselling to help her sort through this, and possibly you could end up with a great nurse. Lets face it, we're all a little luny.
  9. by   talaxandra
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    ... no common sense and every one is afraid she doesn't or won't be capable of having any critical thinking skills. Yesterday she had a pt with a BP of 230/120 and she thought it was ok because the pt had come in with an elevated BP. The patient was in to r/o CVA and c/o severe headache. She gave her 2 tylenol and wasn't even concerned to call the doctor.
    I know this is off-topic, but I once worked with a twit - not a grad - who told a post-MI patient being weaned off GTN (unable to maintain BP) that he didn't really have chest pain, because his vital signs were normal!
    OR he was having a massive anterior infarct...
  10. by   chadash
    Originally Posted by DutchgirlRN
    ... no common sense and every one is afraid she doesn't or won't be capable of having any critical thinking skills. Yesterday she had a pt with a BP of 230/120 and she thought it was ok because the pt had come in with an elevated BP. The patient was in to r/o CVA and c/o severe headache. She gave her 2 tylenol and wasn't even concerned to call the doctor.

    Oh no! hadnt read this before my "maybe she is just emulating" post....she is a potentially scary nurse!
  11. by   MarySunshine
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    Yesterday they gave her 3 patients completely on her own and told everyone to answer her questions but not to do anything for her. I saw her talking to the computers "Come on tonto you know you can win this race", others saw her talking to the TV's in the patients rooms. I saw her biting her lower lip so bad that she had blood on her front teech. She would run down the hall for no reason and then get in a patients room and go "wow that's tiring". I think it's time for her to go. Just my opinion. Supposedly next week she gets 6 patients on her own. Poor patients!
    Wow. I mean, wow. I don't know what to say. I am willing to let the accent thing go as odd, but in light of this new description she sounds mentally ill. I hope she finds help and health and that all the patients are kept safe.
  12. by   AMARTIN1
    Quote from lpnsam
    So glad to see this post. I'm a new grad (with honors and awards from teachers) and I am working in a small clinic. I'm trying to fit in but the staff is barely civil. They are starting to warm up (I think with some encouragement from our supervisor); all except my preceptor. She has yet to say anything encouraging workwise. I'm too slow and not getting the vast paperwork correct. She is supposed to be showing me how to do blood draws, etc. but right now I'm doing the barest of patient assessment (ht, wt, bp, temp). Being a new grad, we did a lot of things in theory and little practical experience. In the clinic I've done two mantoux (never in class). The preceptor and supervisor where aware of my experience when I was hired. Anyway, the first mantoux was "just do it" and it was more subq than it should have been. The second was fine. The preceptor is one vacation and now my supervisor is showing me how to do IM injections. I'm feeling like I should take a phlebotomy class and keep my options open to move. My work hours are perfect and driving distance is good. I really want to use the skills/training from school and I don't see that happening so much where I am. And the fit with the preceptor isn't there -- with the others, I see progress. The supervisor and other practioner are generous with advise. I don't want to leave this early in the job (working since August part time). I guess I'll see what happens when my preceptor returns from vacation and how much I can learn while she's away. Any suggestions would be so much appreciated.
    Don't give up and learn as much as you can from your supervisor and practioner. Ask all the questions you can and see if you can get a new preceptor. It really does take a while to get the swing of things. I have been a nurse for almost four months now and i finally feel comfortable with my time management and assessment skills. I am also blessed to have a great preceptor, they can really make or break your first nursing job. If you really don't like yours make a change early. Good luck
  13. by   jnette
    Quote from MarySunshine
    Wow. I mean, wow. I don't know what to say. I am willing to let the accent thing go as odd, but in light of this new description she sounds mentally ill. I hope she finds help and health and that all the patients are kept safe.

    hmmmmmmmmm... I would have to agree.

    I, too, was willing to overlook the accent thing as simply over identifying with her preceptor, but this is taking on a different color now. Very odd. :confused

    Would "drugs" be a possibility explaining this behavior? Dang, I hope not, but one never knows.........

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