What Is Your Biggest Weakness? - page 3

Just wondering, to all the nurses out there what do you deem your biggest weakness??? :coollook:... Read More

  1. by   StNeotser
    I don't mind doing anything really. What I do find difficult is attitude. The patient who expects me to fix their television set and will "report" me if I don't, the families who sit around thinking they are at a 5 star hotel for the sick (don't mind getting drinks/cookies for family members if the patient is very sick/dying but in normal circumstances ) patients who call their lights because they are "testing it"

    The thing is, I would attempt to do a lot of non nursing stuff if they had been asked for politely.
  2. by   AuntMeggie
    I had this great tell me your weakness story for my first RN interview last week and they didn't ask me. My biggest weakness as a novice nurse is not being able to advocate for my patients. I'm educated and slightly experienced, but whatever the problem is, I'll always second guess myself until I have more experience.
  3. by   Celia M
    SPUTUM, hate the stuff, love my vent patients with their closed system suction. My worst experience was when a confused patient said she wanted to give me something and I foolishly held out my ungloved hand into which she placed a large gob of green sputum, yuk! Give me a Code Brown any day!!!
  4. by   Tweety
    I love ADLs, shaving and bathing and all that stuff. I love starting IVs, inserting NGs, love trached patients and suctioning sputum and total care patients.

    My weakness is my charting. I get so boggled down in patient care I rush through my charting. Some days I'm so burned I know I wouldn't withstand a lawsuit. I'm doing better at charting as I go.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Tweety
    I love ADLs, shaving and bathing and all that stuff. I love starting IVs, inserting NGs, love trached patients and suctioning sputum and total care patients.

    My weakness is my charting. I get so boggled down in patient care I rush through my charting. Some days I'm so burned I know I wouldn't withstand a lawsuit. I'm doing better at charting as I go.
    Well than I need to follow you around for awhile because in 7 years I've done 3 NG tubes. I hate them . . . . because I don't do very many.

    If I was good at it, I'd feel better. I'm so afraid to hurt the patient.

    steph
  6. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from earle58
    another weakness i thought of and mean seriously.....my damned standards are too high.
    i become extremely exasperated if i see shabby nsg care (nurses and cna's).
    when i ran a floor, i would (diplomatically) point out various 'oversights' that hadn't been done. some of the nsg staff grew to resent me but after a few months, the cna's were performing top-notch care when i was on duty; they knew my expectations and standards of care.
    so i must consider it a weakness but am still unwilling to lower my standards. i have high expectations and presume everyone feels as i do, which is not the case. and i still choose not to be more flexible.
    I don't see this as a weakness at all. Shabby nursing care is not nursing.
  7. by   barefootlady
    deep seated anger and resentments at facility CNO and CEO who will take a unit, a unit that functions well, has a good experienced staff, has its routines down and decided to change everything, either type of patients, new skill added, some new, longer form, or some such stuff. Soon more and more changes are demanded, and then the unit starts losing good people. Not everybody likes to work where their input is totally ignored about everything. This has happened to me twice, both units ended up closing because staff would not stay. Now nurses are leaving the place in droves, all because a new CNO knew a better way to do things. NOT!!!!
  8. by   mstigerlily
    So far as a new grad, I would have to say time management but I guess that improves with time.

    Other than that, phone calls. I hate calling doctors, the pharmacy, the lab, answering the phone, hate it hate it. I am the type of person who would rather email than phone if calling a store or even a friend. I don't know why.

    Melissa
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from mstigerlily
    So far as a new grad, I would have to say time management but I guess that improves with time.

    Other than that, phone calls. I hate calling doctors, the pharmacy, the lab, answering the phone, hate it hate it. I am the type of person who would rather email than phone if calling a store or even a friend. I don't know why.

    Melissa
    I used to suffer from 'telephonophobia' myself. Didn't like using the phone, especially when I had to talk to someone I didn't know. Although I still would rather e-mail, or talk face to face, being in nursing has certainly gotten me over my fear of phones.

    Now, if I could just figure out those multi-lined contraptions and stop disconnecting people when I'm trying to transfer a call....... I SO was not cut out to be a secretary---I can never find the hole-puncher, I don't know how to print out lab reports, and you might as well have a monkey working the desk, I'm such a klutz with the phones. Last week I even managed to knock the damned receiver off the hook AND disconnect the caller (an MD, of course!) with one smooth move.
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from stevielynn
    Well than I need to follow you around for awhile because in 7 years I've done 3 NG tubes. I hate them . . . . because I don't do very many.

    If I was good at it, I'd feel better. I'm so afraid to hurt the patient.

    steph

    Actually, I hate torturing the patient. I think it's one of the most horrific things we have to do to patients. For some reasons I'm good at it....hmmmm....perhaps I'm a bit of a sadist and don't realize it. :chuckle
  11. by   Mystery5
    LOL, I see myself in a lot of these posts.

    1)Telephonephobia! That describes me perfectly!:chuckle

    2)Baths! I hate them, since I never work days. Truthfully, I'm not sure where the showers are located, I don't pay attention to it, even though I've been 4 years at my hospital.

    3)Meaningless forms. Well, that describes quite a few of them!!! Also, Care Plans. They are acedemia trying to still make our lives miserable, even after we are out of school.:angryfire
  12. by   grace90
    My weakness would have to be intestinal fistulas and GI bleeds! Second after that, sputum!
    On a professional level, my weaknesses are standing up to docs who are being poops- although I have done it a couple times when they refused to order something I thought a crashing patient needed and I got in their face and got what I wanted for them- but most of the time I am too chicken. And I am also easily distracted and forgetful and disorganized. And I lay awake at 9 am (I'm night shift) and wonder what I didn't do. I also get anxious sometimes at work that I'll do something really harmful to a patient. Sometimes I almost get panic attacks thinking about how much responsibility I have as an RN- I've only been at this for 14 months. :selfbonk: :behindpc:
  13. by   fireflyLPN
    Going through this thread I was surprised that no one mentioned pt's families. I understand that alot of them are scared, but I have more than a few get in my face upon literally walking in the room for the first time. I don't like having my personal space violated, especially by someone I do not know, so this is a tad awkward for me.

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