Update on Gross Out Co-Worker - page 7

Last week she came into the nurses station and urinated while she told us something that was going on with a patient. We were shocked...I'm not talking a little dribble...pant leg was clinging to... Read More

  1. by   NurseyPoo
    Quote from Meerkat
    ...I'm not talking a little dribble...pant leg was clinging to her leg with wetness. Didn't even get to approach the subject of her foul gas and B.O.
    EEEEEWWWWWWW!!!! YUK!!!!!!! And this person is a nurse? Regardless of her weight management needs to approach her and take care of this. That is absolutely disgusting! You poor thing! I cannot imagine having to work with someone who does not bathe...or if they do how can she not realize that this is not normal behavior. How must her patients and their families feel? Gross!!!!
  2. by   RNsRWe
    I haven't read more than a handful of posts on this thread; I honestly don't think I can take more!

    I have no doubt in my mind that if this co-worker was standing at the nurse's station talking to you WHILE URINATING ON HERSELF, (and this was treated by the woman as normal) then there's a serious issue of mental illness to be addressed. The personal hygiene issues you mentioned are also WAY out of line in a healthcare field, let alone with a nurse who is responsible for other people's health promotion and maintenance. How it is that her/your supervisor has not already addressed this is beyond me.

    I don't know if you've discussed this with your/her supervisor (I'm sorry, haven't read all posts) but if you haven't, clearly you need to. This is an infection control issue, for crissakes! And if you have, and it's being ignored, you really, REALLY need to reconsider your employment options. I'm sorry, but that's simply too disgusting an environment. Unsanitary, repulsive.
  3. by   KScott
    Quote from babiesX2
    Standing in the station peeing herself!
    OMG! Your faces! LOL! I might pee myself now!
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Meerkat
    She left work and didn't come back the rest of the night.
    I wonder why she couldn't be let go for abandonment? I don't always understand management. We've had some very incompetent nurses in the past who have been fired and then management turns around and arranges a job for them in a doctors office. It's not like they were trainable. They were given every chance and then some to learn but continued to make the same mistakes time and time again to the point of being very dangerous. There have been other very competent nurses fired for i.e. absenteeism and they are not help in anyway....just goodbye. It beats me.
  5. by   chadash
    Frankly, there are a number of concerns here. The incontinence and gas could be some health problems she is not addressing....and should!
    But even more baffling is her response to these issues and her other behavoirs....for instance, the erotomania.....this indicates some personality problems at least. A healthcare facility has a responsibility to their clients to assure their employees are playing with a full deck! I really feel sorry for her,she needs help and apparently does not have enough self awareness to know it.
  6. by   RNAnnjeh
    Quote from chelli73
    this story is too much!!!! i could not imagine working with someone like that!!!

    ps- (offtopic) i know there is a "u" in behaviour, but is there or was there ever a "d" in congradulations??? i see it spelled "congratulations" everywhere here in the usa!!!!!! whas up with that???
    nope. no "d" in congratulations. only when one is too cheap to pay for the sign that should read "congratulations on your graduation". lol!!

    annjeh:wink2:
  7. by   Dom's mom
    YOU are on an episode of PUNK'D! This is too funny and gross to be real.
  8. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from mjlrn97
    I'm sure I'm not the only one to wonder if this woman isn't just desperately seeking ATTENTION.

    Meerkat, if I were in your shoes, I'd vote with my feet and get the heck OUT of a place where such things are allowed to go on. This is beyond inconsiderate. This is beyond disgusting. This is a symptom of a seriously dysfunctional workplace, and your co-worker's issues are probably only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
    You know, I was thinking the same thing. Does the offender realize that she has a problem and doesn't want to believe that it's as bad as it is? Maybe I can understand this type of situation and she may be angry/embarrassed herself. But if she does know what's going on, and possibly doing it deliberately, that's a problem which needs to be brought to management's attention. Have you all noticed a trend or patterns when this happens? If you can, I'd write them down (Have several coworkers document this) and present this to management.

    Not only does this contribute to poor working/living conditions, it's a safety hazard as well...(duh).

    Hope you get this problem "contained" soon.
  9. by   gentle
    [quote=buddiage]
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I can believe it's reall.

    About 8 years ago i worked with a woman who would wind up bleeding through her pants because " i don't like the way pads feel, and i can't use tampons" quote]

    Yes, clotted, crusted, underwear is much more comfortable, and far less abrasive....
  10. by   ERNP
    The first time she might have got out of there with an "Oh my!"

    But peeing while having a conversation with me would have prompted me to jump out of the way and loudly proclaim "I can't believe you are standing here talking to me and peeing on yourself. You really need to get whatever is causing this problem fixed."

    At that point, she would have been talking to herself. It is just too gross to be real.
  11. by   sanctuary
    Quote from ERNP
    The first time she might have got out of there with an "Oh my!"

    But peeing while having a conversation with me would have prompted me to jump out of the way and loudly proclaim "I can't believe you are standing here talking to me and peeing on yourself. You really need to get whatever is causing this problem fixed."

    At that point, she would have been talking to herself. It is just too gross to be real.

    While your post is a model of appropriate response, it does have me :roll :roll . But in case it ever happens to me, I'll know just what to say.
    Thanks.
    BTW, there are chlorophyll caps that are said to assist with fragrant flatulence. And I have heard of some sort of panty liners with charcoal in them.
    What at thread.
  12. by   Elisheva
    In all seriousness, I feel sorry for this woman. If things are exactly as described, she's got some mental issues as well as physical.

    If it were me, I would keep a notebook at the desk and I would document each episode of incontinence or poor hygiene. I would also document any dialogue any of the staff had with her about each episode and her response. Straight up facts, no narrative. Then I'd have my co-workers initial the documentation. When my co-workers and I decided we had enough, I'd present a copy of the documentation to my charge nurse or immediate superior. It's going to be hard for a facility to argue with that.

    Nurse's mantra: document, document, document.
  13. by   anniemm
    I cna't believe that the patients she takes care haven't complained. Usually a patient complaint gets mngt off their behinds fast and they address an issue. She violates patient safety and asepsis if she has incontinent moments in the patient's room and soils the chairs.

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