To those of you who consider yourselves quick on the uptake, the downside is that you make snap judgments.
Some of those are right on, some are completely baseless.
Happened to me the other night. I was waiting for Respiratory on a patient.
While I waited, I pulled up a couple of labs and tried to print them for the doc coming to see said patient.
I later overheard "I can't believe she was playing with the computer while her patient needed a respiratory treatment."
Uhhhh...no, that is not
what was going on.
Someone made a comment without having the facts and obviously didn't have the guts to approach me about it, just started gossiping about me.:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
Yes, I'm still hot.
I'm still not sure if I'm madder because the person totally misinterpreted what was going on and then spread the false report
when I was supposedly out of earshot, or whether I'm madder at myself for not jumping up from my spot and confronting her head-on at the moment it happened.
Can't stand the gossipers and the drama queens, I really can't. :trout:
Thanks for listening.
I'm sure there's a lesson in this for all of us. To the people who would say such things, :trout:
To those of us who hear and repeat such things, :trout::trout:
And to those of us who leave units that are rife with that kind of abuse,
I'm happy to join you.
Jan 2, '07
Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
I believe I was trying to do catch-up charting with my other patients in the back, where no one realized I was there.
It actually took me a minute to realize that they were talking about me, and then I thought, well, I don't want to embarrass the 2 of them by just popping out like I overheard them; I'll just pretend it didn't happen.
And I just had this thought, which is the key to why I didn't say anything:
Because if I say something, I'm afraid I'll get angry, and I really haven't got the time to waste getting angry and making things worse right now.
Next thing I know, the whole staff is buzzing with it like I withheld or delayed treatment on a critical patient.
The truth is exactly the opposite. RT told me that Patient would have to wait, but I managed to find someone to start treatment before RT arrived.
So I guess that's why I didn't nip it in the bud--I was afraid that it'd just get worse.
Believe me, this little viper pit will target someone else tomorrow and I think it'll all get forgotten by the end of the week.
But please take note, all you who are tempted to join in this behavior--I'm leaving this unit, and this is one reason why.
Won't be soon enough for me, either.
Good luck on your new unit Angie. Can I gently say that's a poor rationalization for not standing up for yourself, even if you are leaning. You lose so much power after the fact. You might have avoided what you said was the next thing. But I agree, you got to know when to hold them.
I was giving report from a float nurse, who just took report from a nurse whose patient arrived 30 minutes prior and she did nothing and couldn't answer any questions by the float nurse. The moment she left the nurse looked at me and went off. I allowed her to vent, but then gently told her "shouldn't you be saying all of this to her?". Her answer was "I didn't want to cause trouble".
Why are we afriad to cause a scene or trouble when we are being wronged?
Anyway, you don't have to answer, because perhaps it really wasn't worth your time to say anything and I'm just a sack of wind you need to ignore.
Again, as I said in my post above. Let it be a learning experience.
Last edit by Tweety on Jan 2, '07
: Reason: typos