Thumbs down to the next shift nurse

  1. Of course she is 15 minutes late and of course the pt she is suppose to get from me is back from OR post peg tube! I give her report after checking the pt out. She asks that I do the post op note because she is sooooooo busy. So I do my responsibility of documenting the pt assessment and VS and get the pt situated in the room. Pt is resting comfortably with no pain, everything is sorted out. I get my note, walk to the nurses station to put it in the chart, -And there she is...at the computer...cackling at an e-mail she has just pulled up!:angryfire
    Am I mad that I had to do the note or assesment or sorting the room out -NOT at all. Very much my responsibility! I am mad that she did not want to help! She had to check her e-mail rather than checking on her patient! I stayed past my time - our facility is number crunching-. I wanted so much to say something to her but I am afraid that I would just unleash a fury of F-bombs - very inappropriate-. GRRRrrrr and .
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   ebear
    You're a better woman than I am!
    ebear
  4. by   RN4Nascar
    Oh that would make me soooo mad!! Checking her email?? Yeah ok. Id remember that one for sure. I surely wouldnt let her forget that the next time she'd try to pull that crap.
    Kudos to you for not going nuts ,,I would be so p'od also and more!! It will come back to bite her in the butt...
  5. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Quote from ebear
    You're a better woman than I am!
    ebear
    DITTO!
  6. by   jojotoo
    BlearnRN - you're not doing yourself or this other nurse any favors just sucking up this kind of behavior. It's OK to ask "Why are you late for your shift?" It's OK to ask "Why am I assessing a patient after my shift is over and you're on the computer reading your email?" Say this calmly.

    You may not be able to change her behavior permanently, but you can change the way the two of you interact. You do not have to passively accept this treatment.
  7. by   ShayRN
    Quote from jojotoo
    BlearnRN - you're not doing yourself or this other nurse any favors just sucking up this kind of behavior. It's OK to ask "Why are you late for your shift?" It's OK to ask "Why am I assessing a patient after my shift is over and you're on the computer reading your email?" Say this calmly.

    You may not be able to change her behavior permanently, but you can change the way the two of you interact. You do not have to passively accept this treatment.
    :yeahthat:

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