Where has the caring gone?

  1. Does anyone who has been around for a while noticed a difference in the caring, and concern some nurses show for their pts.? I'm not talking about not having the time, or being too overwhelmed to do what is necessary to provide good pt. care. I'm talking about those who do as little as they can for those assigned to them.

    Yesterday I worked with an agency nurse, who made me embrassed to be one also! This nurse spent more time sitting on his Tukkus most of the shift. He had a pt, who was total care, who he wanted to stand up for a while, instead of sitting. The pt. only required miminal assist to stand, but couldn't do it without help. I had three total care pts, and I ended up having to remind him twice about his pt.'s request. I finally had to go, and "help" him do what I could have done myself! I also answered a light for one of his assigned pts. Only to find a very upset pt., who felt that the hospital was the worse ever! This pt., had put his light on for help, only to be told by this nurse, that HE (the pt.) had put his light on twice, so what did he want now! I ended up cathing this pt., who hadn't voided since 12am, when he had a PVR done. I ended up having to leave the foley in, and the poor pt., was grateful for the relief! All day this nurse made nothing but excuses as to why he hadn't did this or that! It finally just made me ill!

    Brownie
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  3. by   cmggriff
    Brownie,
    Over the years I have had the good luck to work with a few nurses like you describe. I work with one now who is not far from there. But I don't see a trend. I can't say there are more like that now than there were 15 years ago. So drop a rock on that loser and maybe the replacement will be better. Gary
  4. by   Mijourney
    Hi Brownsms46. As long as I can remember, I've always worked with mediocre practitioners of different backgrounds. As cmggriff indicated, I don't see it as a trend or anything new. I also don't see it changing. Work ethics, in my opinion, is measured in different degrees. Some of us go over the top, and others of us get by at the expense of others. You did something about the predicament you were in by helping the victims of this nurse's patient care apathy. You posted they were relieved by your help. Whether you take this further or not, you can go on knowing that someone was "blessed" by your actions. You will receive a blessing in return.
  5. by   duckie
    From where I sit, this nurse was neglectful of his patient and it should be reported as so. If he wants to sit on his butt all day, he should apply for a desk job. Perhaps if this is reported, he will not be brought back to work in your area. I, for one, could never live with myself knowing I shirked my responsibility and gave so little compassion to the people I was supposed to be caring for. He is a poor excuse for a nurse.
  6. by   mustangsheba
    I would report him. Usually these malnurses are requested to not return by the facility, but the charge or supervisor has to be aware of his behavior. Which you covered. That was a GOOD thing, but might have obscured his neglect. I too do not see a trend. Just the same old story of one rotten apple spoiling it for the rest of us. As an agency nurse, I think I try harder because I want us to have the reputation of going the extra mile (sometimes literally!) Just hope you don't have to cross this guy's path again. Too bad it was a guy as well. Those patients are going to judge all nurses who happen to be male by this one.
  7. by   fergus51
    I have only been nursing for a few years so I can't comment on whether it's a trend or not, but I was shocked when doing my clinicals for school at how lazy some nurses were and I haven't noticed anything change. We are in the middle of an OT ban so patient census is WAY down. Some of the gyne units in our hospital were at half capacity but staffing hasn't changed, meaning a lot of nurses have half the patients they usually do. But a lot of them don't do the little things for the patients now that they have time, they sit at the nurses station and blab. It pisses me off. For all the ******** we do about nurse patient ratios hurting patient care, a lot of nurses don't improve patient care when the ratios are lower.
  8. by   Brownms46
    Thanks to all you guys for your supportive responses ! I work the day shift, as you can see by the time of my post, I had a very hard time going to sleep last nite. It just eat at me! I don't know what bothered me more..his lack of caring, or his constant excuses! THANK GOD he DIDN'T come back today ! They floated a nurse from another unit, and tried to work her to death! This irritated me even more! Made me wonder why? No wonder some reg staff doggs agency nurses at times! I have never had most of the pts assigned to her, but after assisting her, I can't for the life of me figure out how he could have any kind of heart at all!

    There are times when I'm just tired or sick, or whatever. I think...I could just not do all the things this person needs today. Then I remember, that could be me in that bed, or someone I love. I think there but for the grace of God go I! And I do all I can, and always ask if there is anything else I can do. When I said that to one pt., a quad...he said...bring me a blond.. ! I went back in the room with a blond teddy bear...he didn't say blond what..hee hee!

    I have seen some pretty lazy people lately, and sometimes I attribute it to being just plain tired of being tired. When I work on a unit I do whatever needs to be done, no matter whose pts it is, if that pt.'s nurse is too busy. If I see a light I answer it. If the pt. needs something, and it's ok with his nurse, that I take care of it..cool! If I see a nurse who is overwhelmed I help! But this guy took the whole cake!

    Thankfully my nurse manager was on the unit at the time, and got an earful! Believe me, I'm just as vocal in real life, as I am online..sometimes too much so. I believe that everyone has an off day. But I just had seen more than I wanted to in dealing with this nurse, and felt he should have done better. Especially for those who were totally dependent on his care!

    Ok off soap box, and thinking good thoughts again Thanks for letting me unload

    Brownie



    [ June 10, 2001: Message edited by: Brownms46 ]
  9. by   kjmta57
    I guess evry business always has tha one employee that drives everyone crazy with their lack of respect for their co-workers.the I wont get off my ass worker,is one of my most pet peeves.especially if they wont even answer a light what if the patient is having chest pains?its a good thing you spoke up I get hostile with my fellow employees when they pull that.One time I sat my butt down in the chair and told a co-worker now that she has had her 4 hour break I was taking mine for the next 4 hours.
  10. by   Cindy_A
    People like taht really make me MAD!!!
    Especailly when they are agency nurses, they give all of us agency nurses a bad name, especially when so many people think taht agency nurses are just in it for the money!
    I've worked with a lot of people like taht who seem to want to do as little as possible. I wonder why they wanted to become a nurse. Nursing is about PEOPLE, and HELPING PEOPLE! I believe that there are more caring nurses, than non-caring. Hopefully, you will work with a more caring person in the future!
  11. by   ComicRN
    I agree with all of you. Brownms46....do yourself and your patients a favor and report this guy. At the least, he won't come back to your facility. At the most, he will be reported for neglect and won't be able to work anywhere. I don't know how it is where you are, but in my area the agency nurses make a lot more $$$ than I do. It seems a shame that this guy could come in to you agency and get paid for doing nothing. Please report him.
  12. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by kjmta57:
    <STRONG>I guess evry business always has tha one employee that drives everyone crazy with their lack of respect for their co-workers.the I wont get off my ass worker,is one of my most pet peeves.especially if they wont even answer a light what if the patient is having chest pains?its a good thing you spoke up I get hostile with my fellow employees when they pull that.One time I sat my butt down in the chair and told a co-worker now that she has had her 4 hour break I was taking mine for the next 4 hours.</STRONG>

    I don't blame you, but something gives me the feeling, that you didn't sit there for very long..:-). Some of us aren't missing our hearts! Thank goodness!

    Brownie
  13. by   kjmta57
    actually brownms I did go to another yard to help someone else and that left her on her own.
  14. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by kjmta57:
    <STRONG>actually brownms I did go to another yard to help someone else and that left her on her own.</STRONG>
    LOL...good for you!

    Brownie

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