The WAR between days and nights!

  1. I've been reading everyone comments, which by the way are great. I would like to know if anyone has issues between the other shift nurses. In my ER we work 12 hour shifts. I work nights as the charge nurse and nothing peeves more is when I come on to my shift and I have nothing do work with. IE. syringes, needles, are even NS. Why is it so difficult to stock these things. Every morning before I leave these things are stocked! I've nicely talked to the day charge nurses about assisting us in this problem. I also state we are a family and should play nice with each other. But I get blown off. :angryfire I've spoken to the day staff and yet again it continues to happen. PLEASE!!! I need some advise. I don't believe in, "well if they don't do it for us I won't do it for them" It's a very busy ER! things need to be there to take care of pt. Another thing that makes me blow my top, is when they say, "Oh we just got busy about an hour ago" :angryfire You look at the board of all the rooms and see that 10 patients have rooms to go upstairs and no one has called report or tryed to get patients upstairs. And then theres 30 people in the waiting room to be seen. HELP!!!!
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   southern rn
    I donhave a solution for you but I am in the same boat where I work. Come in on nights, absolutely no syringes, saline to draw up, insulin syringes, etc. All you have to do is call central for more (or even get the secretary to do it). On nights not only is there no secretary, but cs is closed and we have to page the nsg. supervisor to get supplies
  4. by   leslie :-D
    there always seems to be some sort of war going on, geeeeeezzzzz! i apologize if i sound discouraged but if this battle is settled, it will only be something else. if days isn't hearing you it's because they're not listening.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Peeves me when i stock stuff and come in and find the containers of ANYTHING empty. Day shift's reasoning is that they don't have the time, but hey if I'M the one that left stuff empty, i guarentee that evening shift will say "day shift whined that they had to stock stuff before they could get started this morning." Well, crap, when i've worked evenings (several times) , i've always had to stock up first.

    Problem is, the floor that i've been assigned to lately, each shift thinks they are the busiest, and that night shift does nothing but sit on their butts.

    The day shift US tried to rip me a new one for not putting up the previous day's MARs in the pts.' chart. Well, excuse the spit out of me, i was trying to get 14 people turned and cleaned repeatedly last night on top of doing the US job. Tell ya what, i'll just leave the pts. laying in wet linen, because i know that your nice and neat desk comes first

    (Sorry, i ranted. Just gets old to leave things nice, then come in 8 hours later and find a big mess and supplies not ordered, KNOWING that if i did the same thing to them, they moan and groan.)
  6. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Peeves me when i stock stuff and come in and find the containers of ANYTHING empty. Day shift's reasoning is that they don't have the time, but hey if I'M the one that left stuff empty, i guarentee that evening shift will say "day shift whined that they had to stock stuff before they could get started this morning." Well, crap, when i've worked evenings (several times) , i've always had to stock up first.

    Problem is, the floor that i've been assigned to lately, each shift thinks they are the busiest, and that night shift does nothing but sit on their butts.

    The day shift US tried to rip me a new one for not putting up the previous day's MARs in the pts.' chart. Well, excuse the spit out of me, i was trying to get 14 people turned and cleaned repeatedly last night on top of doing the US job. Tell ya what, i'll just leave the pts. laying in wet linen, because i know that your nice and neat desk comes first

    (Sorry, i ranted. Just gets old to leave things nice, then come in 8 hours later and find a big mess and supplies not ordered, KNOWING that if i did the same thing to them, they moan and groan.)
    now honestly marie, isn't this a perfect example of the petty b.s. that goes on and why many females just don't get along? how would a 'man' handle this? (now remember, i am citing a GENERAL stereotype)...he would either (1) not make a big deal of it or (2) directly state that each shift has to pull their load for the sake of team nsg. and how are we going to handle it? i go through the same b.s. with the complaints amongst shifts but my collegues just complain between each other and never go to the source. even the nurse mgr. doesn't say boo...now how frustrating is that?
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from earle58
    now honestly marie, isn't this a perfect example of the petty b.s. that goes on and why many females just don't get along? how would a 'man' handle this? (now remember, i am citing a GENERAL stereotype)...he would either (1) not make a big deal of it or (2) directly state that each shift has to pull their load for the sake of team nsg. and how are we going to handle it? i go through the same b.s. with the complaints amongst shifts but my collegues just complain between each other and never go to the source. even the nurse mgr. doesn't say boo...now how frustrating is that?
    The men-and-women-and-getting-along thing wasn't even mentioned in my post (because it's not relevant in the problem, and no where did i mention that the people i work with are all female, so it's not to be assumed either), so please do not try and turn that into what's already going on in another thread? Thanks .
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on May 12, '04 : Reason: typo
  8. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    The men-and-women-and-getting-along thing wasn't even mentioned in my post (because it's not relevant in the problem, and no where did i mention that the people i work with are all female, so it's not to be assumed either), so please do not try and turn that into what's already going on in another thread? Thanks .
    i was just giving an example because i did see relevance. and there's nothing wrong with what i did....hope you're feeling better. thanks.
  9. by   ChrisA
    An actually quite serious question:
    Is there really so much frustration in nursing? Between nurses and MDs, nurses and nursing admin, between men and women, between women and women, between days and nights? How much of it is just blowing off steam (which is fine)? I'm just trying to find out I go through all the schooling to become a nurse.
  10. by   Tinuviel
    Quote from ChrisA
    An actually quite serious question:
    Is there really so much frustration in nursing? Between nurses and MDs, nurses and nursing admin, between men and women, between women and women, between days and nights? How much of it is just blowing off steam (which is fine)? I'm just trying to find out I go through all the schooling to become a nurse.

    I think there are frustrations in just about every profession. I can remember when I used to work for Kodak on night shift, that day shift would come in and b&#*#* about night shift, or vise versa. I definately think men are more easygoing and "to the point" while in a nursing profession. Women are emotional creatures...both on the job and off. If you do go to school and go into nursing...just ignore the ones with overinflated egos...(they dont know as much as they think)...... Good luck to ya!
  11. by   webbiedebbie
    Well, I for one do not appreciate coming in to work when the place looks like a tornado hit it! I mean...newspapers strewn all over the counters, memos hidden underneath piles of junk, not to mention orders not being transcribed and yes, nothing is stocked. When days come in for their shift in the morning, the counters are cleared off, charts are completed, supplies are stocked, and MAR'S are done. If we are not able to get something stocked because the department is closed at night (which all of them are), I don't want to hear about days trying to decide where to order their lunches from...Chinese, Mexican, etc. I'm tired...I have worked all night for 12 hours cleaning up your messes and trying to give the best care to my patients! WE don't have a Secretary...WE don't have a CNA...WE are staffed with less nurses than you are! The refrigerator smells disgusting from all of "your" leftovers that you forget to take home with you.

    Sorry...long night.
  12. by   TracyB,RN
    wow, how did you get in my head, stretch & webdeb? I work nights & we spend at least 30 minutes, trying to straighten up all the messes from the previous shift. It is very aggravating to say the least. I still don't have a clue how to fix this problem.
  13. by   fergus51
    Our unit just made certain things the jobs of each shift. Night shift is responsible for stocking. Day shift has other things they got stuck with (like thawing enough food for the kiddies for 24 hours). It works well for us.
  14. by   Tweety
    We don't have a war going on, but our day if is allowed to leave stuff undone and we are not. They can leave us admissions to do, a mess in the breakroom, a multitude of tasks undone and we are expected to clean it up. A coworker on my left word with the manager about certain things not being done. She got called into the office and all but got written up for being uncoperative, not a team player, and not realizing that we are a 24-hour operation. If she would have followed the chain of command and talked to me first I could have saved her the aggravation.

    Our day shift has the eyes and ears of the manager and the their poop don't stink. And we have to clean up that sweet smelling poop. LOL

    I realize that night shift can be much more organized and has much more time to complete stuff. It's my policy as charge nurse not to allow pettiness to rule, that it is part of our job description to be the "clean up crew", not to be taken advantage of, but to cooperate and whenever possible never leave stuff for them to clean up. Someone's gotta do it.

    I have to say for the most part we have a peaceful shift change, and a great day shift. On the rare occasions that we get slammed and have to leave stuff they are gracious about it, as long as it's rare.

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