Recently was told in confidence by a co-worker that my NM refused to write a brand new (less than 2 months off orientation) ICU nurse in our unit a recommendation for a CRNA program and she was HOPPING MAD, making statements like "My b#$%^ of a nurse manager", etc. etc. This particular nurse is 24 years old and in no way has mastered ICU practice in her two months (from my humble observation, and everyone elses.) I think it makes sense that she didn't write her a recommendation -- how do you do that when you know this person is a novice ICU RN? FYI my NM is not a b@#%(. She is one of the best and fairest bosses I have ever had.
Said nurse is very book smart, but she has a bad work ethic from what I've seen. She wants the sickest patients -- not unusual from a new nurse wanting to jump right into ICU, but she really expects us all to back her up (and basically do 75% of her work while she observes and charts) -- and we do, for the patient's sake. In her two months, she has been out sick for an extended period of time (2 weeks) once already (a shoulder injury outside of work -- couldn't lift), and she has expected us (her coworkers) to accommodate her when she has had to go to urgent care TWICE at the end of her shift in the last 6 weeks for non-work related health problems (once, a bad rash, the other time, to get an epi pen because she was going out of town the following week. So really, we are supposed to cover your leaving 45 minutes early when you could do that on your next day off?) We all know that s#$% happens, but this is getting ridiculous.
I got a feeling we have a bad egg here. Anybody else know someone like this they work with? What did you do?