Nurse who needs to retire! - page 3

I work rotating days/nights Cardio-Thoracic stepdown and we have a nurse on the night shift who is in her late 60's who regularly mis-treats patients and who is a very toxic and disfunctional... Read More

  1. by   ERNurse752
    I'll take a different route here...
    Was this nurse's behavior always this way? You said that she is loud, obnoxious, calls out sick frequently, and accuses people of having drug/alcohol addictions. Maybe she herself has a drug/alcohol addiction, AEB her behavior and calling in sick, and maybe her way of asking for help is accusing other people of being addicts...
  2. by   cmggriff
    prnnurse,
    I thought I was the only one reading it that way. I see you did too.
    Chuckie, I have taken care of a number of patients in the ICU's over the past 18 years. Some of them have really fragile skin and really poor circulation. They often develop skin breakdown. Sue me if you want, but I doubt that I would be so judgmental re: the care given by other nurses if I had not seen them in practice. Gary
  3. by   night owl
    ERNurse752,
    I was thinking along your lines also...A little Korsakoff's psychosis going on, a deteriorating personality, accusing EVERYONE ELSE of being an alcoholic/drug addict. (paranoia)
    prn nurse & cmggriff,
    But what about the patient? It's the pt who pays the price. And Gary, I've seen them in practice. The last one died of brain cancer...probably from too much alcohol. She would call me at home after she was home for awhile all sloshed out of her mind...slurred speech, talking stuff I had no idea what she was talking about.
  4. by   cmggriff
    night owl,
    I've worked with some impaired nurses, too. I know it happens.
    But, I have also been the "old has been" on a unit of young new nurses. One in particular thought I was over the hill and not sufficiently "compassionate". She tried to get me fired with notes to the Mgr., ADN and a whisper campaign with my co-workers. I think she was slandering me the night her patient went down the tubes. Someone had turned the monitor alarms off in the room because "they had been false alarming all night." The original post sounded like her and set off some alarms I keep set now. Gary
  5. by   night owl
    Gary,
    That's incredible...I hope I'm not reading what I think I'm reading.
    Did this youngster try to say you turned off the alarms???...A new "Law and order" episode perhaps. Michele

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