What do your coworkers do to annoy you? - page 9

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   longforseaair
    How about a young nurse who brings all of her personal life to work and expects us all to be enthralled. Or nurses who date each other and work together, or are married and whisper to each other all shift. Or the nurse who won't take report until she has her report sheet all perfectly highlighted and spaced. Or the one who puts her hand in your face if she's not ready to talk to you. Or the ones who habitually complain about others and commit the exact same infringements. Or the nurses who you think are on drugs or reek of dope smoke? Or the old nurses who like to rake you over the coals about some minor infraction/nuisance really in front of as many other staff and doctors as possible and as loudly as possible, even though you catch many things on them each night and quietly fix them.
    Sorry ...must have hit a nerve.
  2. by   mlolsonny
    Nurses and CNAs that b*tch behind people's backs, and don't bring the problem up to the offender, then get pissy when nothing changes.

    The charge nurse taking and transcribing orders into my MAR and not saying a word.

    One particular nurse that works nocs and wouldn't get off her butt if the roof was caving in around her.

    People who always have a gripe about something, who on a beautiful 75 degree day would say something like, "yeah, but we could really use some rain..."

    Calling in on weekends...

    People who take everything personally, get over it!

    A nurse who sits online for an hour then realizes that she has charting to do and gets an extra hour of pay to do it.

    Some of the same other stuff, not getting U/As, changing caths, checking a wound, etc.

    As for report, I have been known to start the tape whether everyone's there or not (Who said passive-aggressive?)...
  3. by   passing thru
    This is a true story. (I preface my comments with that statement because most nurses can't believe such a place exists.)

    Several years ago, I went to work at a hospital in their ICU. I was agency. The nurse who gave me my 5 minute orientation said: "Don't do any suctioning, respiratory takes total care of the vent and patients respiratory needs. Don't bathe, or turn the pt. the techs do that. Don't empty any cannisters or foley bags, or drainage bags, the nursing assistants do that. You do not need to check the chart or the orders. We have two secretaries 24 hours a day, they take off all orders & will notify you if there is anything you need to know. Don't call the lab for anything, you never need to pick up a phone on this unit....the secretaries will get anything you need...reports, results....they follow all that & will put the reports here on your desk as they come in. We have a satellite pharmacy on this unit. You will simply go to your pt.'s bin & get their meds...the pharmacist rarely misses having your pt.s meds in your bin.
    We NEVER empty trash here....housekeeping takes care of that.

    I said, "cool." "Sounds like a real cool place."
    She said: "The hospital firmly believes that RN's should only do RN work."

    It was a 21 bed unit. It was the most fascinating place I ever worked....total organization , professionalism, and expediency.
    I had two patients.



    This thread made me think of it, with the annoying things your co-workers do.......so many of which are housekeeping or nurse assistant duties; or a secretary's.
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Brita01
    What we call "loud and common" here. Nurses who talk and guffaw loudly at 3am while patients are trying to sleep. It's like they don't have a clue.

    When I worked nocs in a surg unit, that drove me crazy, too!
    When I asked them to quiet down one noc, you would have thought I'd asked each of them to hand over their first-born child, the way they looked at me.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by passing thru
    This is a true story. (I preface my comments with that statement because most nurses can't believe such a place exists.)

    Several years ago, I went to work at a hospital in their ICU. I was agency. The nurse who gave me my 5 minute orientation said: "Don't do any suctioning, respiratory takes total care of the vent and patients respiratory needs. Don't bathe, or turn the pt. the techs do that. Don't empty any cannisters or foley bags, or drainage bags, the nursing assistants do that. You do not need to check the chart or the orders. We have two secretaries 24 hours a day, they take off all orders & will notify you if there is anything you need to know. Don't call the lab for anything, you never need to pick up a phone on this unit....the secretaries will get anything you need...reports, results....they follow all that & will put the reports here on your desk as they come in. We have a satellite pharmacy on this unit. You will simply go to your pt.'s bin & get their meds...the pharmacist rarely misses having your pt.s meds in your bin.
    We NEVER empty trash here....housekeeping takes care of that.

    I said, "cool." "Sounds like a real cool place."
    She said: "The hospital firmly believes that RN's should only do RN work."

    It was a 21 bed unit. It was the most fascinating place I ever worked....total organization , professionalism, and expediency.
    I had two patients.



    This thread made me think of it, with the annoying things your co-workers do.......so many of which are housekeeping or nurse assistant duties; or a secretary's.

    Sounds like a dream!

    As an RN, I empty trash cans, wipe up spills off the floor, fill paper-towel dispensers, refill the soap dispensers, etc., etc., etc. on a daily basis. Imagine, being able to put all your efforts into CARING for your PATIENTS!

    Wow.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Apr 22, '03
  6. by   Rapheal
    I hate it when every supply needs to be restocked. But the thing that bugs me the most is coworkers who are mean. The one's who consistantly put on a superior attitude and act like any minor infraction on anybody's part is a huge, loud, hairy big deal.

    When I see someone like that- I know they try to draw attention to how inferior others are so that their very own weaknesses are hidden. If they act like the best defense is a strong offense-I know they are probally screwing up and are trying to draw attention away from themselves.
  7. by   imenid37
    see my 3 co-workers from hell thread under ob. i have to teach a skills lab tomorrow w/ the one old bag already complaining there are too many stations. we should close the hospital for several hours perhaps and hold the skills labe at 5 a.m. to make sure she gets to go at the time that she wants. oooh too close to the end of the shift. maybe at three o'clock. no that would interrrupt her lounging in the chair w/ her feet up reading her harlequin romances. no right time to please her. if we didn't have the skills day, then she'd c/o that we never teach her anything. grrrrr. this woman annoys me along w/ two other hemmorrhoidal types!
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by Rapheal
    I hate it when every supply needs to be restocked. But the thing that bugs me the most is coworkers who are mean. The one's who consistantly put on a superior attitude and act like any minor infraction on anybody's part is a huge, loud, hairy big deal.

    When I see someone like that- I know they try to draw attention to how inferior others are so that their very own weaknesses are hidden. If they act like the best defense is a strong offense-I know they are probally screwing up and are trying to draw attention away from themselves.

    I TOTALLY agree with your assessment of those types of people,
    Rapheal
  9. by   Morganskylar
    i work in the er and to me the biggest pet peeve is when other nurses and residents pad their rooms so they don't have to get another patient, and they do it all the time...come on its not like the patients are going to go away, you just make it harder on everyone else. man i really hate that.
  10. by   rebel_red
    courtaneyRae,

    What is "padding" a room??? Having images of geomats hot glued to the walls....

    Tres
  11. by   BBFRN
    It's making the room appear to be occupied, not clean, etc., so that Bed Control won't assign a patient to it. Our House Managers make regular rounds to the floors to prevent this.
  12. by   ceecel.dee
    Staff nurses sleeping (roughly 3 hours) on the night shift...

    ER nurse who is in ER (very rural) with one patient for more than 3 hours, brings patient up to floor for admit WITHOUT THE DATA BASE DONE!

    Ward clerks getting to 0830 orders at 1400 (should I say very rural again?)...

    Spending time on-line during your shift to enter in your on-line Mary Kay orders...them complain about the "big brother" memo being distributed...

    ...anyone warming a chair at the nurses station while everyone else is running...

    ...any med nurse who asks "what is --- for?". That med book should be in your back pocket! Repitition is how you will learn it!

    Tardy employees, and the passive-aggressive reporter who waits for them, only to complain about them for 3 weeks afterwards....unforgivable!
  13. by   Vsummer1
    The one who takes on the fake "brittish" accent and says "Oh, I am sorry, I didn't realize...". I ignored it for the first few times, then out of pure frustration asked if she had ever been to England. Of course not! I find it so rude, and "not jolly good" as she seems to think.

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