Profanity in the Breakroom....??? - page 4

I am not a person who is easily provoked into profanity. However, yesterday I had an awful episode with a resident's family. I was steamin' mad. When I went into the breakroom, two of the aids... Read More

  1. by   RGN1
    Glad things didn't turn out too horrendously for you but I do think you're right to quietly check out the jobs market!

    A break room should be just that - a place where you can switch off from being a proffesional for a moment or two & where everything said in there should stay in there!! We've all said things we regret in haste but saying them in the break room should be safe!

    Good luck!
  2. by   traumaRUs
    I wanted to bring up something that I have found. I did the LPN to RN to BSN to MSN thing and I found that at each step there were some folks that didn't appreciate my changing positions. Jealousy? Envy? I don't know what. However, I did find for my own peace of mind that I needed to change jobs especially when I went from the LPN to RN. I was in LTC when this happened and it worked out for the best. Just an idea. Take care.
  3. by   nerdtonurse?
    I've read this thread, and thought, well, if I can't vent when I actually become a nurse (please, God!), then what can I say? Perhaps a set of code words or phrases....?

    They are a very legally proactive family --> they introduced themselves as the family of my new patient and threatened to start suing everyone in sight.

    That person needs to take a junket --> for the drunk driver that killed a family, the wacko that kills a pregnant woman and takes the fetus, etc....the person's JNK (just needs killin') and should be taken a long, one way trip out on the intercoastal waterway....

    And of course, being a southerner, we think we can say anything if we follow it with "bless their heart" Such as, "Why that's the meanest, nastiest person I ever met, bless their heart...":wink2:

    I'm currently a computer systems analyst, hopefully starting nursing school in January, waiting for the letter that makes my day or breaks my heart.......you don't even want to know what we say after we put down the phone with a user.
  4. by   augigi
    I wouldn't be looking for ways to "woo" the DON. As everyone has said, if it isn't written policy, you are free to do it. If they want to make it a policy, fine. I personally would advise the DON that you would like a copy of the written policy on this matter and others, so that you can better understand the rules. This will also let her know that you are aware of your rights.

    I do think it's unacceptable to swear anywhere near patients/families/visitors etc (as does everyone else), but in your own time, who hasn't let out a frustrated word? Sheesh.

    I have to say that I can't believe how many threads there are here about getting "written up", or "report them to the BON" etc. I have never in my career (in Australia) even HEARD of anyone getting "written up" for something. Of course I've spoken to a supervisor about unsafe job practices if I observe them, but that is fixed (supervision, observation, education etc) and the problem goes away. Why are nurses so catty? It's so high school.
  5. by   Elisheva
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I wanted to bring up something that I have found. I did the LPN to RN to BSN to MSN thing and I found that at each step there were some folks that didn't appreciate my changing positions. Jealousy? Envy? I don't know what. However, I did find for my own peace of mind that I needed to change jobs especially when I went from the LPN to RN. I was in LTC when this happened and it worked out for the best. Just an idea. Take care.
    Wow, LPN - RN - BSN - MSN. Good on you. Thanks for the inspiration.
  6. by   Midwest4me
    Hey Whimsie: Happy to hear that you weren't fired for a momentary mishap. I agree with others that I'd start looking elsewhere. It seems, however, a favorite pastime is talking about others behind their backs. You meet up with that almost everywhere---at least I do.

    I imagine your DON would have a field day with one of my tech/aide coworkers who outwardly cusses(among the MR/DD patients) quite frequently in my work environment and it's typically around the patients(who are MR/DD and who are unable to voice complaint) too! It ISN'T professional by any means, especially when he uses the F-bomb(which happens when he stubs his thumb or hurts his back lifting someone). Now, I generally like the guy but seldom work with him so am not subjected to it that much. I am NOT his direct supervisor and cannot discipline him. I remain AMAZED that he continues to work there as one would logically think there HAVE to be others who are offended by his speech. BUT we are all covered by the union and I seriously doubt anything would be done to him.

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