making enemies - page 3

I worked third shift last night and received complaints about the nurses who cared for my patients on day shift. I passed these complaints on to the supervisor on day shift this morning. She told... Read More

  1. by   loridoo
    I talked to the nurse yesterday and apologized. She was fine with my explanation and apology. I told her I would stop and think before I open my mouth next time.
  2. by   NicoleRN07
    You only heard one side of the story, it's better to know both sides before running to your supervisor. It may keep you from looking like a tattle-tale.
  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from loridoo
    I talked to the nurse yesterday and apologized. She was fine with my explanation and apology. I told her I would stop and think before I open my mouth next time.

    You have no idea how happy I am to hear that you did that. My friend has a new LPN on the unit that has been reporting people left and right. She is very confrontational and yet, they have covered for this woman when she misplaced the narcartic keys. Anyways, yesterday, she reported that an LPN from the previous shift did not sign for one medication (come to find out later that the LPN gave the medication for the new one a bit early because she knew that the girl would have a rough shift and forgot to sign for that one particular medication). The senior nurses have made the decision to black ball this new nurse with everything that they've got. This girl is now in deep doo-doo. She is new, doesn't know the ins and outs of 'real world' nursing and already, she has two tours of nurses that have decided to ensure that she loses her job. What we read in the textbooks and what really happens is totally different, and we have to know the nurses that we work with and how stressful things can be before we jump.

    There are times that whistle blowing is necessary. We know this. However, we have to know that even under the best of circumstances that we can unintentionally neglect doing things, even with the best intentions. Once nurse begin to turn against each other can be a dangerous thing. You are new, and I know that you didn't mean to do this. It is so easy for us to make errors and I have seen it happen that 5 minutes after a nurse wants to backstab someone, she winds up needing them to cover her. I am sure that this is a lesson for you for the future. Good luck! You are learning!

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