Survey: Are you confident that your nursing colleagues are competent? - page 2

Here are the results of last months survey question Are you confident that your nursing colleagues are competent? : Please feel free to read and post any comments that you have right here in... Read More

  1. by   Rottie1
    I answered yes. Working in the OR, I put myself in that setting and I know which nurse I would pick to be my nurse. But after reading some of the posts, I recalled some of the situations that happen and realized that No I would not feel confident if I had to come out in an emergency and be stuck with whomever was on call. That is sad and very sorry that as nurses we are not confident in one another.
  2. by   ktwlpn
    I answered "yes" At this time I am in LTC-we have the best staffing in this area and have full time supervisors on all shifts(not common in other LTC's around here) They are knowledgaeble and very accessible and they know who may need more support.On my unit I am fortunate enough to work with some very intelligent and supportive co-workers.I am very grateful....I have seen some frightening incompetence in both acute and LTC over the years in all disciplines and at all levels of education...How DO some of these people get through orientation?
  3. by   Maineeyak
    I also answered "yes" w some hesitation. I gave it some thought and have to agree w/ most of the posted responses that there are the good and the scary. For the most part, I have worked with a high percentage of competent people and can usually determine quickly who I feel is incompetent. Whenever I feel that a nurse's skills are shaky, my first inclination is to try and educate--although, I know that w/ some that is an impossible task. But, hey--why not give everyone a chance to succeed!!!!
  4. by   shygirl
    Where I work, we have the best staff. Each and everyone puts the patient's best interest first. Now as far as personality, well there are about 7 nurses that are so crotchety and crabby all the time, you can't even say "Good morning" without hearing how their lives suck or how so and so did this or that.

    Shygirl
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    My hospital, my unit, my shift.... I have the utmost confidence in. They are all wonderful nurses that I trust entirely!

    But I've worked with a few in my short time, that have made me wonder.....

    Heather
  6. by   dazedandconfused
    I say no. And will leave it at that.
    Last edit by dazedandconfused on Sep 7, '02
  7. by   ptnurse
    I really, really want to say "yes" but I just can't quite bring myself to do it. But "no" does not cover it either. For every competent nurse that comes to mind, I can think of a nurse who is truely scary.
  8. by   cmggriff
    If you have no confidence in your co-workers, you should get out of the field. I have seen more pt's killed by Dr's in the past 18 years then by "Dangerous scary nurses." I have been called dangerous and scary by my collegues. I have been counseled and " written up" for doing things that went beyond the hospital P&P. Give it a rest already. Gary
  9. by   Youda
    Originally posted by ptnurse
    I really, really want to say "yes" but I just can't quite bring myself to do it. But "no" does not cover it either. For every competent nurse that comes to mind, I can think of a nurse who is truely scary.
    I agree. I decided not to take the poll, because there isn't a "some" answer, just 'yes' or 'no.' I've had the pleasure of working with some nurses who I'd trust with my life or anyone dear to me. Others, well, I think they are either criminally negligent or criminally stupid, take your pick.
  10. by   alansmith52
    ANYONE WHO VOTED NO ON THIS SUBJECT IS GUILTY OF EATING THEIR YOUNG. AND GUILTY OF BRINGING THE PROFESSOIN DOWN.
    ITS NURSES LIKE YOU THAT GIVE US ALL A BAD NAME.

    IF YOUR NOT CONFIDENT IT IS YOUR RESPOSIBLILITY TO HELP THEM.!!!!!!!!!
  11. by   RNinICU
    Originally posted by alansmith52
    ANYONE WHO VOTED NO ON THIS SUBJECT IS GUILTY OF EATING THEIR YOUNG. AND GUILTY OF BRINGING THE PROFESSOIN DOWN.
    ITS NURSES LIKE YOU THAT GIVE US ALL A BAD NAME.

    IF YOUR NOT CONFIDENT IT IS YOUR RESPOSIBLILITY TO HELP THEM.!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry, I can't agree with you here. One of the most incompetent nurses I know has 25 years of experience and is also one who treats our new staff harshly.
  12. by   Stargazer
    Well, I see a few glaring problems with alan's extremely sweeping generalization.

    I don't believe Brian meant to address merely "new" or young nurses. What if the nurses who are incompetent are OLDER than you and have been nurses longer? I have worked with a number of older nurses who, believe me, would not have taken kindly to any suggestion or hint that they didn't know what they were doing. I have even seen one nurse with very scary infection control techniques continue with her practices even after being 1)confronted, 2)reinstructed and 3)finally warned that she would be written up if she continued to use gloves incorrectly and neglect handwashing.

    I have seen nurses treat patients like pieces of meat that they had to baste and turn every 2 hours. I have seen nurses with huge gaps in their pharmacological knowledge who routinely gave drugs without looking them up if they were unfamiliar with them.

    What, exactly, are you supposed to do at that point? They're already licensed and have been practicing this way for many years. Maybe they've injured patients, maybe they've been lucky and haven't. Either way, it's not practical or possible for a colleague to rehab their entire knowledge base and practice experience.
    ITS NURSES LIKE YOU THAT GIVE US ALL A BAD NAME.
    On the contrary, it's nurses like THIS who give the profession a bad name.

    p.s. Posts in all-caps are really hard to read.
  13. by   imenid37
    sorry alan, it's a no go here w/ your point. i work w/ a couple of maginally competent people and one complete total fool. cranial x-ray would show empty space on that chick. i can't fix her problems be they genetic or poor education. i try to babysit her, but when i have my own work and i am not getting paid to do her job too...well you know the deal. she is very SCARY and although i do try to supervise her and answer her questions, she does a lot of stupid stuff on her own. she lamented to me she had 6 INCIDENT REPORTS IN ONE MONTH> i haven't had that many in 15 years. that was several months ago and i know there have been more, but i don't know how many. management doesn't care. they've been approached numerous times by practically the entire rest of the staff and several drs., but she is a warm bod w/ rn behind her name (she passed boards on the third try!). i'd eat her just to get her out of the way, but i'm sure she'd cause extreme gastric distress!

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