New Grad LPN causing problems - page 2

by Lovely_RN 2,854 Views | 17 Comments

This is pretty long because I've got some things on my chest and I've had a very rough shift today. :crying2: I tried to talk to my spouse but of course he isn't a nurse and just doesn't get it so I am venting here. We have... Read More


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    In our facility, unless the resident has a ' may self administer' order, it is a BIG NO NO to leave meds at the bedside. I would have had to report her smart little butt for that one alone.If not to the DON,then to at least my unit manager. Just continue to "cya" . She'll shoot herself in the foot soon enough!
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    Consider addressing the new Lpn directly as teachable moments. She is new and needs mentoring. Since you found things you liked about her before, mix in some positives too. But, there are Safety concerns that need to be discussed. Explain the policies or guidelines, rationales and importance for consistency within the staff. Also, the issue of teamwork and cooperation vs staff splitting. Help her to realize the difficult position she putting you in...that leads to aggravation and frustration for you. Gently framing it in broader discussions of Diabetic management or med admin safety for example, may make it easier for her to accept and feel more secure.
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    wow, this girl is a little nightmare. ok...maybe not a nightmare..but a huge huge huge stress!

    i know there are some of us who don't like to say anything...tell on the new nurse..be firm...let the nurse fall...and i wish it didn't have to be that way..but i think for your own good, you better cover your back because if it comes down to it, no matter how nice you think she is, i guarantee she will burn you.

    i would be discreet about it...but tell your don, boss, etc. tell them nicely that you are concerned about the new lpn and would like to know what you can do to "help". this way there is record of it. i seriously wouldn't help this nurse at all or associate with her if she is already displaying this type of shady behavior. let her struggle...let her suffer for her own mistakes...force yourself to have a selfish attitude when it comes to that. just think about yourself and what you can do to make things less stressful for you.

    i know i'm not one to preach about this..because all too often, i just want to be human with people. i wish i could be nice, personable, helpful and trusting with them...but more than not, it ends up "screwing" me. forgive the lango.

    you sound like a really great person and an awesome nurse, so i would hate to see you take the suffering for her mistakes. i don't want to make a general stereotype..but i have seen this kind of behavior all too often amongst women.

    i'm sure you are not offended by that because....well...you're a female..and i think all of us, as females, understand how working with other women can be. unless i'm the only one that can barely stand it. and look...i'm dying to be a nurse! lol. oh boy..what i'm getting myself into .






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    BTDT....these type of nurses normally dig their own hole. I've been at the same place for years, but only work part time. I tend to be more "by the book" but also have learned to pick my battles too.
    I would probably have to say something to the DON and ask if there has been any P and P changes because XYZ nurse has been doing things this way and the residents don't like it when I'm doing it the old way (proper procedure)
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    Quote from cocobella
    wow, this girl is a little nightmare. ok...maybe not a nightmare..but a huge huge huge stress!

    i know there are some of us who don't like to say anything...tell on the new nurse..be firm...let the nurse fall...and i wish it didn't have to be that way..but i think for your own good, you better cover your back because if it comes down to it, no matter how nice you think she is, i guarantee she will burn you.

    i would be discreet about it...but tell your don, boss, etc. tell them nicely that you are concerned about the new lpn and would like to know what you can do to "help". this way there is record of it. i seriously wouldn't help this nurse at all or associate with her if she is already displaying this type of shady behavior. let her struggle...let her suffer for her own mistakes...force yourself to have a selfish attitude when it comes to that. just think about yourself and what you can do to make things less stressful for you.i know i'm not one to preach about this..because all too often, i just want to be human with people. i wish i could be nice, personable, helpful and trusting with them...but more than not, it ends up "screwing" me. forgive the lango.

    you sound like a really great person and an awesome nurse, so i would hate to see you take the suffering for her mistakes. i don't want to make a general stereotype..but i have seen this kind of behavior all too often amongst women.

    i'm sure you are not offended by that because....well...you're a female..and i think all of us, as females, understand how working with other women can be. unless i'm the only one that can barely stand it. and look...i'm dying to be a nurse! lol. oh boy..what i'm getting myself into .







    i agree with most of this post...except for what i put in larger font. (bold didn't work! )the nurse is not going to be the only one to "suffer for her own mistakes". the patients will suffer in the end. the example about the chinese food and the coke is a prime example. i think that the rn has a certain obligation to those patients. sure, she may be the favorite nurse because she bends the rules to make the patients love her...but that's not really what we're here for.

    i would definately be in the don's office and (tactfully) suggest that this nurse needs a bit more training in protocol.

    then, i would make a voodoo doll of her and stick pins in it when i got home...you know, just to make myself feel better!
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    Wow I feel for you, this girl needs to get a grip. What goes around comes around so she will get whats coming to her. I would keep eerything documented that involves you so you can cover your self when things start to hit the fan. I would also report what she is doing with the residents, this can really put them in danger. Good Luck.
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    Quote from cherybaby
    i agree with most of this post...except for what i put in larger font. (bold didn't work! )the nurse is not going to be the only one to "suffer for her own mistakes". the patients will suffer in the end. the example about the chinese food and the coke is a prime example. i think that the rn has a certain obligation to those patients. sure, she may be the favorite nurse because she bends the rules to make the patients love her...but that's not really what we're here for.

    i would definately be in the don's office and (tactfully) suggest that this nurse needs a bit more training in protocol.

    then, i would make a voodoo doll of her and stick pins in it when i got home...you know, just to make myself feel better!

    definitely! i should have specified that this should not be at the patient's expense .

    lol @ vodoo doll! i wish those worked...i would have a few...perhaps a nice collection?
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    I had a similar situation. We had a cna 2 who was in nursing school.....the DON just ate her up and was convinced that she would be the most excellent nurse.....yea...right. I got wind of how slack she was one day when I found a dsg not changed on one of my residents..it was nasty and it stunk....that shouldnt have happened since it was a daily dsg change. So here she was....up at the desk chit chatting and laughing and I look at the tx book....she signed out that she changed the dsg..I called her out on that one and her jaw hit the floor. Once she passed boards...she worked with us on 2nd and while a very friendly person...and smart....she is one of the worst nurses Ive worked with. Lazy doesnt begin to describe her.....she was always on her phone texting the entire time, she barely got any meds passed, her charting was a joke, she didnt do any other paperwork that the rest of us do, and she called in alot. I cant tell you how many skin issues were on her hall that she just fixed and did NO documentation whatsoever on. Then we'd get grilled by families wanting to know why that dsg was on moms leg and how it got there. On top of that...she would disappear for an hour or more at a time...now shes just prn and doesnt show up when she volunteers to work as do 3 out of the 4 prns we have. Id say document your findings and notify your superior. She wont last long with the way shes going . She is headed for a major med error...let state walk in and watch her do what shes doing...she sounds just dumb enough to do it in front of them.


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