No, apparently you don't know it all!

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    Everyone has somebody at their job no matter what their profession is that thinks they know everything. I have one such woman in my unit. I understand that everyone has their personality quirks. However, she is one of those nurses that simply must find one thing to pick on that she thinks is wrong out of a million things you did right. I think if she doesn't find a way to try and make you feel inadequate she just doesn't have a good day. It's one thing to offer constructive criticism to someone. It's another thing to sit there and make smirks and laugh at something you think the other nurse did wrong. Well, finally she messed up. I had a patient in hypertensive crisis who had also went into v-tach. So this patient was on a cardene drip and an amiodarone drip. When I tell her this in report, she proceeds to make smirk, smile, and shake her head. I then ask her what's wrong. She says "The patient is on both drips." I ask what's the problem with that since one is for her rhythm and the other is for her pressure. She then proceeds to say that both the medications are beta-blockers. So I go on google in front of her, although I already know the drug classifications, to look up amiodarone (ANTIARRYTHMIC) and cardene (CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS). Two different drugs with two different classifications and two different purposes. I don't even know if she noticed.I was tempted to yell "Ha, you don't know everything!" However, it just felt nice for her to finally be wrong. I can't wait to bring it up in report tonight. Anyone else have similar experiences.
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    My issue is not with other nurses knowing it all, but an uneducated, loudmouthed (and foul!) unit clerk who likes to judge new nurses and make fun of their errors . Would love to critique her sleeping all night, talking on the phone constantly while she sleeps method of doing her job . I guess she has no clue the pressure, stress, and responsibility a nurse has, especially a new one learning the ropes. So she's either sleeping all night, yacking all night, or going off on a tangent about how inadequate we all are, how all the new nurses suck and who goes into nursing to just work contingent?? (me !). I'd love to record one of her rants and play it back for all the people she disses who aren't there to defend themselves. F this, F that. Very professional .
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    Yes, people like that are scary as nurses. Unfortunately we know how many know it alls there are in nursing. It's great when they do know it all, then are able to teach it, but I can't stand the nurse with an entire alphabet afer her name who might be in her early 50's but has the maturity of a 13 year old , if you know what I mean. I'd probably not spent the google time. I'd just let her walk around commenting loudly to herself (so that all could hear as she passes the nursing station) about those drugs, and let her wallow in her foolishness.
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    It annoys me too
    It's a narrow perspective that sometimes comes with some 'social' factors (cattiness, passive aggression) .... bad combo.
    The narrowness is indicative of lack of education.
    It's about how information is handled
    In our field experience is so very important and this keeps these folk afloat in their roles
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    Quote from himilayaneyes
    I can't wait to bring it up in report tonight.
    What are planning on bringing up in report tonight and to whom? I hope you're not about to brag to another nurse how you were right and the other nurse wrong.

    There will always be know-it-alls in any profession you're in, ignore them.
    Roy Fokker, tyvin, resumecpr, and 7 others like this.
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    Quote from itsmejuli
    What are planning on bringing up in report tonight and to whom? I hope you're not about to brag to another nurse how you were right and the other nurse wrong.

    There will always be know-it-alls in any profession you're in, ignore them.
    Yes agree all professions have them.

    However nursing IMHO has a higher ignorance factor than other professions.

    A significant minority of nurses and clerks where I work have an ignorance issue - normalised cattiness, passive aggression. Plus there's that all-too-frequent lack of a professional perspective .... the narrow, 'one way my way' perspective ( really ... just how many other professionals handle information in this way?)

    The OP has my sympathy.
    I'm over these types.
    Sometimes my job feels like a 'pink ghetto'
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    Can you even imagine what it must like to be her kid? ((((shudder))))
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    Quote from himilayaneyes
    Everyone has somebody at their job no matter what their profession is that thinks they know everything. I have one such woman in my unit. I understand that everyone has their personality quirks. However, she is one of those nurses that simply must find one thing to pick on that she thinks is wrong out of a million things you did right. I think if she doesn't find a way to try and make you feel inadequate she just doesn't have a good day. It's one thing to offer constructive criticism to someone. It's another thing to sit there and make smirks and laugh at something you think the other nurse did wrong. Well, finally she messed up. I had a patient in hypertensive crisis who had also went into v-tach. So this patient was on a cardene drip and an amiodarone drip. When I tell her this in report, she proceeds to make smirk, smile, and shake her head. I then ask her what's wrong. She says "The patient is on both drips." I ask what's the problem with that since one is for her rhythm and the other is for her pressure. She then proceeds to say that both the medications are beta-blockers. So I go on google in front of her, although I already know the drug classifications, to look up amiodarone (ANTIARRYTHMIC) and cardene (CALCIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS). Two different drugs with two different classifications and two different purposes. I don't even know if she noticed.I was tempted to yell "Ha, you don't know everything!" However, it just felt nice for her to finally be wrong. I can't wait to bring it up in report tonight. Anyone else have similar experiences.
    Be the better person and don't bring it up. You don't want to be like her, do you?
    Roy Fokker, Hygiene Queen, diva rn, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from GilaRRT
    POTY candidate IMHO. Bring it up, rub her face in it and bask in the glory that you got one over on her. see if it really helps anything or makes you the better person however. If it was such a big deal, you could have easily shown her the evidence and corrected her then and there. I know I appreciate it when others correct me up front with evidence. Perhaps it could have prevented me from making an error?
    She did. She googled it right in front of her.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    Be the better person and don't bring it up. You don't want to be like her, do you?
    POTY candidate IMHO. Bring it up, rub her face in it and bask in the glory that you got one over on her. see if it really helps anything or makes you the better person however. If it was such a big deal, you could have easily shown her the evidence and corrected her then and there. I know I appreciate it when others correct me up front with evidence. Perhaps it could have prevented me from making an error?


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