What is your biggest nursing pet peeve?? - page 40

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  1. by   LeahJet
    Quote from Tessa4RN
    I'm a pre-nursing student , but my biggest pet peeve is listening to RNs $*^#@ about their jobs! If you don't like listening to families or providing a compassionate service that you are trained to do, then do something else. I am an intelligent woman who is working towards my degree in nursing. I'm currently doing volunteer work and loving it. But, I can honestly say I have encountered people who need a reality check themselves. They have bad attitudes and it is a shame they are RNs. You should all be ashamed of talking bad about families and patients. Until you have experienced grief first hand, you have no business &*%^&$! I chose to go into nursing because I lost both my parents by the time I was 27. My dad to a serious car accident and my mom to breast cancer. I saw both extremes of death and illness. I appreciate all the loving doctors and RNs that helped my mom and I was inspired by them. I am mortified to hear that there are RNs out there that hate and despise assisting people. I've worked over 16 years in the Customer Service world so I have seen every wretched human being as much as anyone else has, BUT I have a great outlook on life and I treat people fairly. I will make a great RN one day. I only wish those of you that hate your job so much, do something else!
    Tessa~
    Well, my my.....aren't you special? :chuckle I know that you don't mean to come off as a self righteous pollyanna type, but well....you sound like a self righteous pollyanna type. As far as nurses that "hate and despise assisting people", yes, they probably are burned out and need to consider something else. But Honey, I don't care how many wretched human beings you have seen in your "customer service" experience....NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING will prepare you for your experiences in nursing. Am I saying that it is OK to be bitter and cold hearted? Absolutely not. I love my job and I would never do anything else. But talk about pts and families? Um...absolutely. I can't even begin to go into what some of these people put you through. Only people who are NURSES can relate. It's not like volunteer work where you pass out magazines to the cute little patients and their sweet families and briefly chit-chat. I am sure you have read other posts where we horrible complaining nurses tell horror stories about families and patients. It's so easy to sit there in your little ivory tower and "tsk tsk" and judge. When I encounter these extremely difficult people, I try to plaster a smile on my face and take care care of the patient. I get in the "Zone". No matter what they are saying, I just smile and say "alrighty then". I work in the ER and people can get very rowdy there. You take unprovoked verbal assaults all the time. So when these people leave, do I vent to a co-worker friend out of earshot of pts/family? You bet your hiney, Tootsie. This posting board is kind of like that co-worker friend. And you'll do the same thing. You have to vent. You can't do it with the pts or family.....unless you are planning on Prozac. If you are still "tsk tsk'ing", you are either super clueless or super human....the only other person I know like that walked the Earth about 2,000 years ago.
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    No reason to be condescending.
  3. by   davascana
    :hatparty:
    Quote from stbernardclub
    I would say the biggest pet peave I have in nursing are the nurses who feel they are superior to others, even though they may in fact be wrong many times. If I were to listen to one of those head strong nurses who insisted our private home duty case was in c.h.f, even though there were no new s/s of this and directed all of the other nurses to decrease his water intake, he could have ended up with a significant deadly urinary infection and dehydration which would have probably killed him. Lets leave the orders for the physicians, let them be resposible for the diagnosis. And lets be more excepting of others and not feel we are the "Super Nurse". When you do or say something wrong or wrong somebody, take time and say your sorry, and that you have learned from this. Always set a good example, its when you think no one is paying attention to you, that they are! sandy, r.n.
  4. by   Calfax
    Quote from LeahJet
    Well, my my.....aren't you special? :chuckle I know that you don't mean to come off as a self righteous pollyanna type, but well....you sound like a self righteous pollyanna type. As far as nurses that "hate and despise assisting people", yes, they probably are burned out and need to consider something else. But Honey, I don't care how many wretched human beings you have seen in your "customer service" experience....NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING will prepare you for your experiences in nursing. Am I saying that it is OK to be bitter and cold hearted? Absolutely not. I love my job and I would never do anything else. But talk about pts and families? Um...absolutely.
    Take it easy on the little dude, dude. She's brand spanking new....you know? There's this word.....uh, oh yeah. Inspiration. Could change your life, you know? Maybe invent a machine that showers, de-Marlboros, Motrinizes, and collects urine from all patients as they walk in the door (and wouldn't they think twice about it?)
  5. by   LeahJet
    OkOK.....maybe I was a bit too harsh. And I do know inspiration. I absolutely love my job and have that rare experience that few do of actually looking forward to going to work. I guess I just slightly overreacted to being chastised re: talking about pts. and families. I think she said that we should "be ashamed" and quit nursing. I guess I should have considered the source. An inspired person without the experience wanting to go into hospice or oncology...yes...I could see how the nurses taking care of those patients should be ashamed if they behaved badly. But I dought you see too many "drug seekers" and abusers of the system in those areas. I encounter those MANY times every night in the ER. I have found that those are the people that give you the most crap and the ones that REALLY need to be there are appreciative...they are the ones that make my job rewarding. The abusers just waste the time I could be spending with those that really need me. So do my co-workers and I talk/vent about this? Again, ummm, yeah. If we all should be ashamed and need to quit, oh well, we'd be short a lot of good nurses.

    I do have this advice for the lady considering oncology nursing.....while it's essential to be tender...you also need to develop a tough skin. Maybe being less judgemental about future co-workers would be good too. While it is deplorable to treat patients or family cruelly or without compassion.... try having a little compassion yourself when you hear other nurses talking/venting about bad experiences. Just because their coping mechanism is not living up to your standards....there is no reason to believe they should be ashamed or quit. So, again, I apologize if I came off too harsh. I wish you the best.
  6. by   mamabear
    Quote from BandEmom
    Having been taught in school to refer to hospital patients as "clients"!
    Amen!! I graduated in 1982, back in the day when they were referred to as "patients". When my newer-to-nursing coworkers started that "client" drivel, I was honked big time. :angryfire It makes no sense whatsoever, and some of us posed the question: are we healthcare-dispensing waitresses, or something equally inane? :flamesonb
  7. by   MistyDawnRN06
    Change of shift admissions - need I say more?

    Lack of leadership from our leaders.

    Hospital management. They need to spend time at the bedside!

    Management that doesn't appreciate nurses/support staff. Do not cut nurses when the hosptial is in debt. Our salaries are not the problem! If you want customer service you need nurses at the bedside to provide it!

    Underestimating a person's value or education. Just because a person is a clerk (secretary) or a tech, it doesn't mean that they're uneducated and stupid. That person just might have a Bachelors in Microbiology and Cell Science with a minor in Chemistry and be in Nursing School while working as both a clerk and a tech. (Sorry about the rant. I just hate being treated like I'm stupid. I don't know it all, and I am experiencing a huge learning curve, but I can talk circles around some of the people who won't even bother to look me in the eye when they're ordering me about!)

    Residents at a teaching hospital. People aren't rodents. You need to see your patients and lay hands on them! You cannot treat a piece of paper! Also, to some of the new residents, just because you are now an MD does not mean that you are GOD. Your degree doesn't necessarily teach you common sense or even good judgement. I know you have a wonderful education. But you need to get the chip off your shoulder!

    Laziness. YOU ARE HERE TO WORK!!

    RUDE people - co-workers, families, patients, etc. (Okay, we all have bad days, but this should NOT be a lifestyle!)

    Lack of cohesion. We should have each other's backs, people!!

    :angryfire Infallable and ever courteous docs who always write clear, intelligent, and legible orders. NOT! :angryfire

    Answering services. You're an MD, we're a hospital - JUST GIVE US YOUR PAGER ALREADY!

    Liars. Own up to what you do!

    Blame shifters. If you did something wrong, fess up! DO NOT shift the blame to someone else because YOU don't want to get in trouble.

    Okay, as a nursing student:
    1. I have to say one of my pet peeves is a nurse who obviously doesn't like students. If you don't want to teach me/precept me, please tell my instructor so that you don't ruin both of our days! I want to learn, not tip-toe around you!
    2. Nurses and techs who won't allow me to work on their patients as a student. If you're too concerned about someone other than you touching your patient, again, please tell my instructor so that you don't ruin both of our days! I need to learn how to do hands-on things!
    3. If you don't agree with the way I'm doing something, or if I'm not doing something right, TEACH ME, don't jump in or yell (unless I'm being dangerous, of course). Again, if you don't want to teach me/precept me, please tell my instructor so that you don't ruin both of our days!

    ( I love, love, love both nurses and techs that are willing to take time to teach students. You don't know how valuable you are and how much you influence young nurse's attitudes about nursing!! )
  8. by   TTM01
    HAHHAHAA Yes I am super human, Super Caring that is. Yes, I don't know you and you don't know me. But I am tired of the RNS who truly don't like what they are doing. It is rather obvious and sad. I guess my years as a pyschology major helped me understand people much better than the average. But I will not dicredit my talent and abilities. I WILL make a great RN. I have a heart of gold and tough skin HONEY. So you don't scare me with your silly post. I guess I let this silly thread get under my skin. I will stay away now from the useless gossip that will never amount to much in my life....so thanks for letting me see that side. I'm learning about nursing everyday...this is the side I hate.

    SUPER HUMAN TESSA~

    Quote from LeahJet
    Well, my my.....aren't you special? :chuckle I know that you don't mean to come off as a self righteous pollyanna type, but well....you sound like a self righteous pollyanna type. As far as nurses that "hate and despise assisting people", yes, they probably are burned out and need to consider something else. But Honey, I don't care how many wretched human beings you have seen in your "customer service" experience....NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING will prepare you for your experiences in nursing. Am I saying that it is OK to be bitter and cold hearted? Absolutely not. I love my job and I would never do anything else. But talk about pts and families? Um...absolutely. I can't even begin to go into what some of these people put you through. Only people who are NURSES can relate. It's not like volunteer work where you pass out magazines to the cute little patients and their sweet families and briefly chit-chat. I am sure you have read other posts where we horrible complaining nurses tell horror stories about families and patients. It's so easy to sit there in your little ivory tower and "tsk tsk" and judge. When I encounter these extremely difficult people, I try to plaster a smile on my face and take care care of the patient. I get in the "Zone". No matter what they are saying, I just smile and say "alrighty then". I work in the ER and people can get very rowdy there. You take unprovoked verbal assaults all the time. So when these people leave, do I vent to a co-worker friend out of earshot of pts/family? You bet your hiney, Tootsie. This posting board is kind of like that co-worker friend. And you'll do the same thing. You have to vent. You can't do it with the pts or family.....unless you are planning on Prozac. If you are still "tsk tsk'ing", you are either super clueless or super human....the only other person I know like that walked the Earth about 2,000 years ago.
  9. by   Teachchildren123
    Hey! I truly wish I would work with you, we probably could change the world, well, you know... try.
    Just to say that wherever you work is just the same as in Buffalo NY. It must be a hospital mentality!!!
    Thanks for answering! :yeahthat:
    Quote from MistyDawnRN06
    Change of shift admissions - need I say more?

    Lack of leadership from our leaders.

    Hospital management. They need to spend time at the bedside!

    Management that doesn't appreciate nurses/support staff. Do not cut nurses when the hosptial is in debt. Our salaries are not the problem! If you want customer service you need nurses at the bedside to provide it!

    Underestimating a person's value or education. Just because a person is a clerk (secretary) or a tech, it doesn't mean that they're uneducated and stupid. That person just might have a Bachelors in Microbiology and Cell Science with a minor in Chemistry and be in Nursing School while working as both a clerk and a tech. (Sorry about the rant. I just hate being treated like I'm stupid. I don't know it all, and I am experiencing a huge learning curve, but I can talk circles around some of the people who won't even bother to look me in the eye when they're ordering me about!)

    Residents at a teaching hospital. People aren't rodents. You need to see your patients and lay hands on them! You cannot treat a piece of paper! Also, to some of the new residents, just because you are now an MD does not mean that you are GOD. Your degree doesn't necessarily teach you common sense or even good judgement. I know you have a wonderful education. But you need to get the chip off your shoulder!

    Laziness. YOU ARE HERE TO WORK!!

    RUDE people - co-workers, families, patients, etc. (Okay, we all have bad days, but this should NOT be a lifestyle!)

    Lack of cohesion. We should have each other's backs, people!!

    :angryfire Infallable and ever courteous docs who always write clear, intelligent, and legible orders. NOT! :angryfire

    Answering services. You're an MD, we're a hospital - JUST GIVE US YOUR PAGER ALREADY!

    Liars. Own up to what you do!

    Blame shifters. If you did something wrong, fess up! DO NOT shift the blame to someone else because YOU don't want to get in trouble.

    Okay, as a nursing student:
    1. I have to say one of my pet peeves is a nurse who obviously doesn't like students. If you don't want to teach me/precept me, please tell my instructor so that you don't ruin both of our days! I want to learn, not tip-toe around you!
    2. Nurses and techs who won't allow me to work on their patients as a student. If you're too concerned about someone other than you touching your patient, again, please tell my instructor so that you don't ruin both of our days! I need to learn how to do hands-on things!
    3. If you don't agree with the way I'm doing something, or if I'm not doing something right, TEACH ME, don't jump in or yell (unless I'm being dangerous, of course). Again, if you don't want to teach me/precept me, please tell my instructor so that you don't ruin both of our days!

    ( I love, love, love both nurses and techs that are willing to take time to teach students. You don't know how valuable you are and how much you influence young nurse's attitudes about nursing!! )
  10. by   analiezel
    coworkers, with long, dirty fingernails...
  11. by   mmeow
    1. Anyone who thinks that nurses are super humans or angelic creatures who don't and should never get pissed off at their work or their patients!
    Heaven forbid a nurse not get along with or dislike one of his/her patients....

    2. Anyone who thinks that ALL it takes to be a good nurse is to be caring, when competence, courage, humor, and realism are just as important !

    3. Badges, buttons, bags, banners, that play on the public's emotions for propaganda and say "Love a nurse" ....... sorry but I didn't come into the profession to be loved lol what I really need for my job is to be respected "Respect a nurse"

    Purrrrr
  12. by   LPN1974
    Quote from mmeow
    1. Anyone who thinks that nurses are super humans or angelic creatures who don't and should never get pissed off at their work or their patients!
    Heaven forbid a nurse not get along with or dislike one of his/her patients....

    2. Anyone who thinks that ALL it takes to be a good nurse is to be caring, when competence, courage, humor, and realism are just as important !

    3. Badges, buttons, bags, banners, that play on the public's emotions for propaganda and say "Love a nurse" ....... sorry but I didn't come into the profession to be loved lol what I really need for my job is to be respected "Respect a nurse"

    Purrrrr

    Well, you might have just hit on a money maker there, dear.......
    You could come out with your own line of mugs, cups, sticky note pads, and ink pens/pencils with the slogan "Respect a Nurse".

    I'd buy a mug from ya.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Someoen at work HAS a mug that says "Respect a Nurse" with the word "love" crossed out. Have no idea where they bought it.

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