What do your coworkers do to annoy you? - page 5

Last night when I got report from the RN who was leaving, he told me the doc had ordered a stat med for one of my patients. After report, I checked the chart, and found the order timed for a half... Read More

  1. by   Lausana
    LOL mamabear...that's some serious OCD, hehe

    Reading back over my post I think I sound like a bytch, lol, sorry guys it's been a long day
    :imbar :chuckle
  2. by   Brownms46
    Yeah definitely OCD...as some of his traits remind me of mine. Washing off fresh fruit is a very good thing! Even posting up notes is something I do...to remind my old brain something....but speading newspaper over everything...seems a little overboard to even me! But if I have a pt., who I know has bad handwashing habits...I will also put on gloves for po meds...and wash my hands immediately afterwards. But I don't get the part about hating pt. care...!!!???
  3. by   ernurse728
    Some of them just have to show up to work! No seriously I think the thing that bothers me the most is when you are working next to a nurse that can't do anything for herself/himself and you end up cleaning up all their messes and take care of all their patients plus your own.
  4. by   mlolsonny
    Brownms46: at the college I'm attending CNA registry is a prerequisite for the LPN program.

    I guess their trying to encourage nurses to work as CNAs before licensure to assure that they can do basic patient cares.

    Approximately 15/20 students in my program work as CNAs, and boy can you tell the ones that don't!

    This particular nurse doesn't believe that she should have to do much other than her med pass, treatments, and VS. She wouldn't know how to take a person to the bathroom if they were peeing on her shoes!

    I guess my point is, "If a CNA is allowed to do a task, an LPN should be just as capable (or more so)." Especially when it's something like taking out a waste basket liner!
  5. by   Genista
    Sounds like the folks who posted here are the considerate ones, but I work with a few real careless & selfish repeat offenders. Of course, I know we are all human & nursing is a 24 hr job, but some people are flat out lazy & careless!

    Some examples of things that drive me nuts: not thinking ahead to the next shift & leaving isolation carts empty (no gowns, no gloves), using the last line on the progress note and not bothering to stamp up a new one for the next person, trashcans overflowing, food & drink half eaten at the nurses station (I am not your MOM!), not reading the Kardex and giving lame excuses for why labs, EKGs, pre-op preps weren't done ("duh, I don't know").

    There's no excuse for not reading the Kardex! We do written report & I also hate lame reports that tell me nothing (please don't repeat pt dx & md name, then say "no changes" I can get it off the kardex...what happened on your shift???), and crummy nurses who don't even look at pt's vital signs...can't tell you how many times I come on to see Bp 64/40 graphed last shift or spo2 of 84% and no nursing action taken.Also hate it when significant change in tele occurred last shift (hours ago) & RN did nothing about it (yes I QA it , but for some reason these clowns still work there).

    Let's hear it for all the thoughtful, sharp nurses who do take the time to do a good job. I work with some of them, too. And I do like to tell them how great I think they are. We trust eachother, because we care enough to be a team. Thanks to all those who care enough to think ahead to the future!
  6. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by mlolsonny
    Brownms46: at the college I'm attending CNA registry is a prerequisite for the LPN program.

    I guess their trying to encourage nurses to work as CNAs before licensure to assure that they can do basic patient cares.

    Approximately 15/20 students in my program work as CNAs, and boy can you tell the ones that don't!
    I'm still ...because I thought the LPN program taught basic nursing skills??? The program I attended started at the basics, and progressed upward. The only thing I had to pass was an entrance exam..and an interview?? This makes no sense to me. Yes we had experienced CNAs in our class, and sure there was some difference, in that they knew how to take VS, etc, etc...where as I had trouble even reading the thermomter in the beginnning! :chuckle!! But as the class continued...you couldn't tell one from the other! I came into nursing with my only contact with pts ...being the time I volunteers as a candy stripe at 16!! I guess I still don't get the point of having basic skills taught twice! And seeing that there are at least five who aren't CNAs...makes me think this isn't a criteria for the program there either..

    One thing I must add, is that if a nurse sees a pt. needs help...and no CNA is available...by all means she should lock up her med cart, and help. But if there is a CNA available..than yes...I would delegate the task to that CNA. I wouldn't however leave the pt...who needs help to go find a CNA! If I'm there I will handle it..until the CNA is available! LPNs have a window of time to give out meds, and from what I have heard, and read...many have way too many pts...to try and do their job, and the CNAs also. Delegation... and teamwork is the only way to go....to ensure adequate care, and time for all to complete their designated tasks... JMHO.
  7. by   mlolsonny
    We don't learn it twice. That's why it's a pre-req. CPR for the Health-Care Provider is also pre-req, as is HHA. I guess they don't want to waste LPN program spots on students who can't pass all the pre-reqs.

    They're even considering an accelerated program for CNAs with more than one year of experience.

    In our first semester we spent very little time on the basics, VS, transfers, occupied beds, pericares, etc. It was assumed that we knew all those skills and we were tested out of them (competency testing for the state).

    This particular nurse could teach classes on delegation. Because I'm also a medication aide, this nurse sends meds with me for me to administer to residents; She dishes them and signs them off as given, even though she didn't give them. It would be absolutely beneath her to lend a hand, even in a situation that clearly warrants help.

    She never praises, but is the first to point out any little thing we may have missed, "One of you dropped a sock down the hall there", pointing to the sock. Never mind that she just walked past it!

    Sorry, she's the one nurse I'm learning the most from. The things not to do if I want cooperation from the CNAs. Even on my med passes, I have time to lend a hand. Of course, I'm not sitting down to chit-chat with every resident either.

    I understand that nurses have too many residents to pass meds to, but good time-management is essential. I was showering a resident at 7 PM the other night when this nurse brought her insulin that was due at 4:30. IMHO, this nurse is dangerous, and I'm glad she's not in critical care.

    Sorry this is so long, but I feel strongly about safety, and it is being beaten into my head in school also. She doesn't personify safety to me. Or courtesy for that matter.
    Last edit by mlolsonny on Jun 20, '02
  8. by   rebelwaclause
    there's one nurse where i work who i swear is the winnie the pooh cartoon character "eeyore".

    i say, "hi ____...how are you?" she responds about how she's been mistreated all her life, abused and beaten by boyfriends, and that she should be more aggressive and on and on. she recently was slightly rude (passive-aggressive?) to one of our ancillary department staff and was taken to the union about it. now this is the new "incident" in her "pitiful" world. this happened over three months ago and is still always bought up someway, somehow in the simplest of contact with her.

    her stance is always "woe is me". while others either ignore her or give her free therapy, i despise being dumped on all the time. its one thing to occasionally mention how jacked up life can be. but every shift the same ole bubble buster...it's not really healthy for me. i can empathize with her plight in the hardship boat, but how do you say.... knock it off.....????
  9. by   rebelwaclause
    there's one nurse where i work who i swear is the winnie the pooh cartoon character "eeyore".

    i say, "hi ____...how are you?" she responds about how she's been mistreated all her life, abused and beaten by boyfriends, and that she should be more aggressive and on and on. she recently was slightly rude (passive-aggressive?) to one of our ancillary department staff and was taken to the union about it. now this is the new "incident" in her "pitiful" world. this happened over three months ago and is still always bought up someway, somehow in the simplest of contact with her.

    her stance is always "woe is me". while others either ignore her or give her free therapy, i despise being dumped on all the time. its one thing to occasionally mention how jacked up life can be. but every shift the same ole bubble buster...it's not really healthy for me. i can empathize with her plight in the hardship boat, but how do you say.... knock it off.....????
  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    It just drives me up a WALL when someone is scheduled to take the first admission and drags their feet on their own patient load, thusly looking swamped when said admission shows up. "Good nurse" who has dilligently gotten her stuff done is then invited to take the admission "since you're all caught up." Sometimes it seems like your reward for hard work is ...more work lol. And it is not as tho I sit on my thumb once caught up - I'm busy stocking the carts, emptying trash, etc., because I'm right with you all with that as a pet peeve.

    Gosh I feel better "saying that out loud."
  11. by   grouchy
    Heather, I loved your comment! I actually logged on after a horrible 12-hour shift to destress, and your joke made me smile! I was psyched that this was one of the topics "du jour", because I was fuming about this driving home. Why,why,why go into health care if your primary goal in life is to avoid work and you don't give a darn if the patients suffer due to your laziness? I know we all have bad days, but there are always those repeat offenders in every job category; nurse, cna, doctor, etc. Sometimes we all cannot give the care we'd like to due to understaffing. But there are others that I swear just do not care. I mean, it sucks when your coworkers dump on you(which is kind of indirect patient neglect), but what really gets me are these bozos that have the audacity to flat out neglect the patient! Many of the comments people have already made on this thread reflect this attitude. Sorry to whine, you guys, but it felt good to get this off my chest. Oh well, maybe these "sinners" will suffer eternal torment in unanswered-call-bell-hell!
  12. by   cactus wren
    the messy break (haha) room really bugged me so......using my han dandy puter i printed up this nice sign
    NOTICE
    The Maid Quit !!!!
    Do your owned durned dishes
    workied for a bit, then the night slob quit !! hahaha
  13. by   anotherRNinCali
    I am with a lot of you. Following a lazy nurse is one of my biggest issues! Starting out your shift already behind is the worst. And yet somehow, it seems to be the same nurse who ends up complaining about the amount of work I have left them after I have had a horrible night and STILL got 99% of my work done!!!

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