What Is Your Biggest Weakness? - page 4

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

  1. by   ClaireMacl
    Mine is sarcasm! Coming from Scotland, its virtually second nature, but noone in London seems to see the difference between sarcasm and rudeness... even worse with Filipino nurses whom I have many friends/collegues, its just beyond them. I've got better as the years have progressed
  2. by   Fonenurse
    I have teleponephobia real bad, so my solution? I now work in telephone triage!

    Think a lot of nurses seem to have simlar traits - there's nothing wrong with perfection, we should all be striving for that in our role as patient advocates.

    My biggest weakness of all time is - FOOD, hence my 199lb portly frame - and weight watchers has reduced it by about 12lbs so far. Think I am in for the long haul!!!
  3. by   UM Review RN
    My biggest weakness is that I don't like to help elderly residents or ETOH'ers OOB to the john in the middle of the night. This is because they can fall and hurt themselves and me.

    They fall for various reasons. They lie and tell me they're OK to walk when they're not. They think they're OK to walk when they're really too confused to know which end is up. They want to go into the BR to pee when they have a Foley.

    I hate to be mean, so I wind up making the majority of the poor souls wait till I find a tech to help, just in case the patient doesn't make it.

    Also, I view this next one as a strength; others see it as a weakness. I talk with my patients. To me, that's good nursing care to get to know your patients. They're scared. Their lives are spinning wildly out of control. Doctors are telling them incomprehensible and unbelievable things about themselves. Sometimes we just don't get it.

    So I engage them. I listen to them. Half of the physical complaints just disappear once you really pay attention to what your patients are saying. I explain what's going on and I translate what the doc's been telling them. As a result, I get done a little later, which gets me in dutch with the boss. But I carry with me the knowledge that we avoided a full-fledged MI because I was able to calm someone down and reassure them.

    Then day shift comes in and gets all bent outta shape because I haven't gotten my charting done yet and it's 0700. Of course.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Aug 22, '05
  4. by   dinkymouse
    I hate filling out 6 different forms for one patient where you could get it all on one if you did it right. I spend more time on paperwork than on patient care some days. I also have that distraction problem. I hate it when it happens during a med pass. I think my worst pet peeve is nurses who don't take action on a pt problem and pass it to the next shift that passes it to the next shift.
  5. by   amnesia
    Ever since transfering to PACU I find I have less and less tolerance for pt.'s families. I'm glad I don't have to deal with them all day. I really like just doing direct care for my pt.s and there is great diversity from ambulatory to ICU/BURNS etc. I just do not seem to have the patience with their families as I used to. oh well...
  6. by   teeituptom
    Mine is that work interferes with my golfing
  7. by   CEP10492
    Stopping in the middle of chaos- taking care of other nurses emergencies, trying to get 3 pt's ready for surgery, trying to locate CNA's who have disappeared from the floor, distraught family members because their loved one wants to be cremated if he dies- to "chat" with the DON and CEO pleasantly as the ask how the day is going and is everyone going get off of work on time. All I really want to say loudly is "WHATEVER AND NO AS LONG AS YOU STAND HERE AND TAKE UP MY TIME" which is not a good thing to say to administrative personnel.
  8. by   CEP10492
    Quote from JeannieT
    Speaking of computer charting....for those of you that have went to it....does it help with the paperwork? Our hospital is supposed to be computerized by the time I graduate (woopee).

    Not with the system we are using, but all of the print is legible. I still end up charting the same thing in 3-4 different places.
  9. by   Nurse Valium
    ClaireMacl Mine is sarcasm! Coming from Scotland, its virtually second nature


    FINALLY!! My long lost heritage!!!!
  10. by   itsy-bitsy
    mine is dealing with all the bloody paper--duplicate charting and care-plans that are almost as lengthy as the H&P. on one patient, i might chart VS on four or five different forms. we have care plans that are the thickness of short novels. we spend more time wading through reams of paper than laying hands on our patients.
  11. by   grace90
    Quote from 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.
    You know what? This *is* another weakness of mine. I do find pt. families to be a tad intimidating at times. They do make me quite nervous when they get in my face. :uhoh21:
    Oh, yeah, and another weakness of mine is my sloppy handwriting- when I take telephone orders I usually have to rewrite them before scanning them to pharmacy. My report sheets (my brain!) is quite sloppy, but I'm working on fixing that.
    And another weakness of mine- conflicts with particular coworkers that drive me batty. I imagine I probably drive others batty, too, tho.
    I love nursing, but man is it overwhelming sometimes!!!
  12. by   itsy-bitsy
    Quote from grace90
    You know what? This *is* another weakness of mine. I do find pt. families to be a tad intimidating at times. They do make me quite nervous when they get in my face....
    i suspect families who behave that way have seen one too many episode of "ER," or more than there share of lifetimeTV movies. they have the idea that being overbearing and treating us like the enemy is the way to operate. true, there are some who deal with anxiety/fear by resorting to anger--those, i've found, usually escalate rather than initiate.
  13. by   elthia
    Quote from JeannieT
    Speaking of computer charting....for those of you that have went to it....does it help with the paperwork? Our hospital is supposed to be computerized by the time I graduate (woopee).
    I know this is months later, but I don't know if I could survive in a hospital without computerized charting and bar code med administration. Orders are written on the computer, dont' have to decipher handwriting. Med program interfaces with pt chart, don't have to go to MAR to find exact time med was given, when entering Telephone order for med pt's last pertinent lab results pop up. Don't have to wait for records to bring up previous hospital records, it's all in the computer, including outpatient clinic records if they are in the same system as my hospital.You can find out what meds a patient is prescribed from the clinic. It's much easier calling an md and saying, "he's c/o pain 8/10 and according to the computer he is normally on MSIR 30 mg q 6 hours at home", trust the MD will usually say give him what he takes at home unless it's medically contraindicated. We have templates, so some is point and click, with areas for comments at the bottom of the template.

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