Originally posted by dosamigos76
. Any suggestions?
My suggestion is report her
Like someone said this drunken student may very well pass and turn into a drunken nurse. I have had first hand experience with this and it was pure misery for all involved.
It started with lies, I was a (former LPN) new RN and she, an LPN was hired as med nurse in LTC facility. Told me SHE was an RN too-but liked to push meds so therefore worked under her LPN
Never did see her actually intoxicated at work but definately hung over quite a bit. Sad to say she was a decent nurse when she wasnt rushing around to get done and have a cocktail. She lied like a rug.................. Many feel that this is a touchy situation and rather ignore it than to do something about it and thats what happened here. One DON did put a sort of write up in her file that she had smelled like alcohol but after that one left nobody else would face the fact that we had a drunk amongst us.
At a dinner for a coworker she MADE me and another nurse TASTE her "soda" to prove she wasnt drinking ? Then went and get the bartender to top it off- shortly afterward she was stumbling around telling her tall tales. She broke a few glasses by hitting tham with a knife and was nominating ME for nurse of the year ??? Began to offend just about everyone with racial/religious/sexual jokes then stumbled out with the untouched dinner and someone elses pocket book that she insisted was hers and it was basically a tug of war to get the purse back.
They eventually made her MY charge nurse- lucky me. She would get LOADED (not on duty) and begin to call her coworkers at home or call the facilty asking for someone or anyone. Once she told a terrible lie that her mother died. Then 2 years later when my father passed away- her mother really died and she couldnt tell us- She showed up at my dads wake LOADED, stumbled in and made me very very uncomfortable. She worked that day and showed up at 3:20 (in uniform) so my guess is she pounded down a few on the short ride there.
Once I was on eve shift and she called to tell me her husband was "beating" her and that the police were coming to get her, naturally my first thought was "where are the kids?" (2 teens)
Couldnt make sense of what she was saying and she called every 10 min. and I had to tell the receptionist to "hold" her calls. The worst was when she called the facility one SAT AM to say she just found her husband DEAD. Concerned coworkers wanted to leave and help her and I was accused of being uncaring and cold hearted because I wouldnt let them leave and said it's all a BS line- shes drunk. Well the calls went on for many hours, She fell and was locked in the BR, ems came and took "her best friend" away, he WOKE up at the morgue- he wasnt dead after all, a helicopter was coming to transopt him to a hospital with no heliport- on it went till I guess she passed out and the calls stopped. Another nurse who knew her from elsewhere said no- he died a few yrs ago.......the man is aliveto this day.
She tried to scam all of us into signing a "monitering" sheet for her ( apparently she did have previous trouble elsewhere) Oh someone gave her a "bottle" for Xmas and it was on her med cart- never drank any "on the job"- but was being monitered anyway !!?? Shows up at a coworkers house that she had these papers sent to without permission (who wouldnt sign them) 2nd story apartment and fear that she would fall down leaving and there was dead husband behind the wheel of the car !!??
She got to be paranoid and one eve all mgt stayed late to do a chart reveiw. The calls from her began and most times she would hang up. Think she got paranoid, thought we were there digging the dirt on her and resigned the next day. The letter was so self incriminating and also bizarre- had I been DON I would have hand delivered it to the DOH. No action was taken, she wasnt reported and went on to work elsewhere..............Im sure her behavoir hasnt changed.
sorry to ramble...........
report the student so they could get some help