What about this, inappropriate or teambuilding?

  1. I'm not sure about this one. I floated to Med-Surg the other night. This one young nurse is rather likable, sometimes annoying, energetically bubbly, went to school with my son. She's new to the hospital and has been filling in on Med-Surg alot, and has a tiny FTE. She has this obsession with make-up and brought out all her make up acquistions the other evening on Med-Surg, I was there for a 12 hour night shift.

    I took the pt with the family from H$LL who had given other nurses grief that past few days, and I had the pt and family eating out of my hand. The son of the pt was staying the night and had been extremely demanding and weird.

    Anyways, it was super quiet, we were overstaffed, and this young nurse decided to do a little facial on the young CNA, and she pulled out her tweezers and did a big pluck job on the CNA's eyebrows right at the nurses station at around 2200. They were giggling and the CNA was leaned back in the chair, I thought the whole thing was gross and unprofessional. Of course the son of my pt came up to the nurses station to request something in the middle of this, and I was mortified. I mentioned immediatly afterwards to the young nurse in the back room that the eyebrow plucking wasn't a good idea in front of families, and she looked like she thought I was out of my mind.

    What do you all think? The Med-Surg at my hospital has a history and reputation of being dominated by immature people, one of the reasons why I moved to ICU/CCU. It's that group mentality that can be really hard to counter.
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    I think you're out of your mind. It's perfectly acceptable to pluck eyebrows at the nurses station. Why are you being such a backstabber, eating their young, old troll constantly complaining out immature younger people?
  4. by   GardenDove
    Quote from Tweety
    I think you're out of your mind. It's perfectly acceptable to pluck eyebrows at the nurses station. Why are you being such a backstabber, eating their young, old troll constantly complaining out immature younger people?
  5. by   sirI
    Definitely inappropriate and unprofessional. They are there to work, not primp.
  6. by   muffie
    Quote from Tweety
    I think you're out of your mind. It's perfectly acceptable to pluck eyebrows at the nurses station. Why are you being such a backstabber, eating their young, old troll constantly complaining out immature younger people?

    haha hehe
  7. by   Tweety
    She was probably looking at you crazy not because she thought she was "team building" but a float nurse had the nerve to actually confront her. Hopefully, she took a moment to realize how silly she must have looked to the family.
  8. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from Tweety
    I think you're out of your mind. It's perfectly acceptable to pluck eyebrows at the nurses station. Why are you being such a backstabber, eating their young, old troll constantly complaining out immature younger people?
    That was poetry.
  9. by   PANurseRN1
    Not only would I have called the sup., I would have written both of them up. How inappropriate, childish and unprofessional, not to mention the major "ick factor" of doing something like that at work.

    We are not so desperate for nurses that we need bubbleheads to flesh out the ranks. What next? Having a lingere party at the desk?
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    Good Lord. I barely put on lipstick in public and have never had time on the floor for it, let alone tweezing someone else's eyebrows!

    Entirely out of place.
  11. by   stillpressingon
    Quote from Tweety
    I think you're out of your mind. It's perfectly acceptable to pluck eyebrows at the nurses station. Why are you being such a backstabber, eating their young, old troll constantly complaining out immature younger people?
  12. by   MsLady06
    Quote from Tweety
    I think you're out of your mind. It's perfectly acceptable to pluck eyebrows at the nurses station. Why are you being such a backstabber, eating their young, old troll constantly complaining out immature younger people?
    damn
    Last edit by MsLady06 on Jan 14, '07
  13. by   SCRN1
    Out of place! She should be glad it was you who said something to her instead of the NM or supervisor.

    One night, one of the nurses on our floor was sitting there plucking hair out of her chin. None of us could believe that. She's not a young nurse, obviously since she has hair in her chin. Also, she's been a nurse for about 30 years. Definately long enough and old enough to know better.
  14. by   Tweety
    I know I'll get flamed, but nurses for a long time would think nothing of doing their nails at the nurses station, or at least filing them (isn't that dirty?). The secretary was doing that the other day. Of course now that polish is banned it's a moot point. But polishing nails, getting out a mirror to put on more makeup, etc. has been done as long as I've been a nurse.

    I went to ICU once a long time ago and one of the nurses was shaving the supervisors head. He was bald and she thought he'd be cute completely shaved. (They were both middle aged folks, not that age matters in unprofessional immature /teambulding behavior).

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