I was wondering if any of you have had this problem and what you did to address it: When I come in to work I make it a point to arrive 10-15 min early to count off and get report. For whatever reason, it takes on average 45 min for me to get report and count off. Sometimes longer. The off-going nurse will stay at the desk with it still exploded so I have nowhere to begin my shift. Most nights the off-going will linger at least an hr if not longer d/t wandering around having personal conversations with other staff. I have seen them just sitting there texting as well. Irritating. Days comes in when they feel like it. Sometimes up to 20 min late with no phone call to make me aware that there is a delay. I just sit and hope someone is coming. I have the desk cleaned up and am ready for report by no later than 15 min til end of shift because I am ready to go home. I have left the building almost an hr past shift because of day shift wants to talk to every single person that happens by.
I feel that coming in a little early and being prepared to get/give report and count off are common courtesies in a work environment. I have addressed the problem directly with the staff involved, and have seen some improvement, but it still continues. I'm not one to run to management unless my attempts to address the situation are unsuccessful, but I'm willing to take that next step if necessary.
Comments have even been made about me wanting to "get out of here as fast as possible." Well, yes. Yes I do. Why is that a problem? I have explained that the longer that I am there, the more fatigued I become and therefore the more likely I will have issues driving home. I have a 30 min commute in the dark at high speeds. I have scared the crap out of myself driving home fatigued d/t being delayed so much on some days. Not good.
I am not a chatty person and am not there to make friends. I am friendly enough but am not interested in your drama. I just want to take care of my people and go home. Is that too much to ask?
At my hospital we tape record our reports so that every nurse leaves and comes in right on time. Only if ***** hits the fan at 0630 or 1830 do we give a verbal report, and then of course someone ends up staying late. Could you suggest this method to your manager if the problem doesn't improve?
Last edit by VickyRN on Jan 10, '14
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