is your efficiency misinterpreted as lazy ? - page 4

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Do people take your efficiency as you're lazy. Lol. I'm too good at this, tho and I think that is why this Job is affecting me so harshly. 3 hours into my shift, my assessments, documenting, and chart checks are done. this is... Read More


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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I think people are interpreting this in very different ways. I don't think the OP meant "I'm more efficient, so it's ok of I sit and chat on Facebook because I'm done with *my* work". of course you should help out those who are overwhelmed. But some nurses
    seem to think that being constantly on the brink of a nervous break down is part of being a "good" nurse. In nursing, being caught up with your work seems to be synonymous with doing a half-a**ed job. Why?
    No what rubbed me the wrong way were 2 things the OP said "Do people take your efficiency as you're lazy. Lol. I'm too good at this, tho" and "Any way, I often am seen sitting around"
    I don't think that could be taken more than 1 way

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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I think people are interpreting this in very different ways. I don't think the OP meant "I'm more efficient, so it's ok of I sit and chat on Facebook because I'm done with *my* work". of course you should help out those who are overwhelmed. But some nursesseem to think that being constantly on the brink of a nervous break down is part of being a "good" nurse. In nursing, being caught up with your work seems to be synonymous with doing a half-a**ed job. Why? And sometimes lines like "I'm behind because I'm very thorough." or "I'm behind because I spend more time talking with the pts" are just excuses for having poor time management skills And I have to admit, I feel less inclined to help out a nurse who's spent too much time chatting or dawdling. And, yes, sometimes that includes chatting with patients or their families. When there's tasks that need to be done, there's tasks that need to be done.
    In her second post she did say she was watching everyone run around like chickens with their heads cut off...
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    I really don't care if they thought I was lazy when I worked that floor in the small hospital where I backed up ER. Many times I would come back to the floor and they'd tell me things my patients requested that they didn't do- yet they were terrified of ER. The Policy was actually to "rotate" who went to ER, but the DON assigned out floor patients, so,...

    She didn't trust the other two nurses with high acuity(I got em') and charged, backed up ER, had my own load of acute cares (equal load to their's or heavier), was night supervisor over entire facility, had to make a 24 hr assessment entry on all LPN patients(including all 40 bed LTC), (plus, do admission and IV's on every other LPN admit/Half her IV Meds), EMS rides with critical patients to Larger Facility (48 miles away), and relieve ER nurse for 1 hour lunch nightly.

    So, that night really ticked me off my patients were neglected (and I had family members breathing down my neck), I just stated, "Well then, this isn't working out me doing all ER back-up, and my patients being without a Nurse- we are going to rotate out ER just like the other shift- this is unacceptable to my patient's and me. They were terrified- I never had that problem again!

    All the quiet nights they sat at the desk while I was running like crazy in ER, I never minded watching them run awhile from the desk at my quiet times. Taught them some team work- and it kept them out of ER(they knew when they were hired the ER deal). So, if you have a nurse with poor time management skills "gossiping" at desk early while your getting it done, and calls you lazy later because your done at desk and not assisting her; if you did get up and help- I would call that enabling poor behavior and bad judgment if you didn't call him/her on it. Some people only learn the hard way. Team work is a totally different thing entirely. I'm not one for facilitating "social time."

    Always willing to help, but with discretion
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Jan 14, '13
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    When I first started my job, I noticed that a certain co-worker always had time. To a point, she is more efficient, simply because she's experienced. However, after a few months, we realized that this person passes on half of her work for the next shift. Not saying you are like this, OP, but if you always have extra time, something is not right with this picture. Aside from helping co-workers, you could ask the Charge for an extra project now and then. That shows initiative. Given how busy the floors are, there are always tasks that need to be done.
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    It is hard to watch my coworkers chat and laugh their mornings away like we used to be able to. I would love to join the fun, drink my coffee and eat breakfast, and be a listening ear too. As much as our patients need us to give them great care, we need this time to bond too.

    But I can feel the clock ticking and I have been at this long enough to spend every minute of the morning preparing for the storm of a day that is just beginning. Over the past year our workload has doubled and less nurses are doing more. Thats just how it is. No amount of complaining is going to change anything anytime soon. So I just had to figure out ways to condense my work and do more in less time so my patient care and documentation remains priority.

    Right around ten a.m. my coworkers start scrambling and the stress level goes up all day because they can never catch up. I always help where I can but with all the documentation, tasks and actual patient care, I have more than enough to keep me busy at a steady pace. I started doing all my charting standing up or in the patients room because if I go to the nurses station and sit down to do it, I get asked for help and then I get behind on charting that I am ultimately responsible for at the end of the day. I have to mentally remind myself not to get sucked into the drama of it all. Every evening I think, - wonder if tomorrow morning everyone will prepare better so it is an easier day on us all.
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    Quote from beckyboo1
    No what rubbed me the wrong way were 2 things the OP said "Do people take your efficiency as you're lazy. Lol. I'm too good at this, tho" and "Any way, I often am seen sitting around"I don't think that could be taken more than 1 way
    Ok, good point. I wasn't paying attention to that part of the post. It was the title "is your efficiency misinterpreted as lazy?" that caught my eye.
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    As long as you check in with co workers and everybody is on an even keel, especially on night shift, taking the downtime to learn or do quiet stuff like stock and tidy, it's really no big deal. Just always offer your free time to help first.
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    When I was a nurse about as long as OP, I reached a point where I was very efficient. Even doing a lot of things that I could delegate to the techs (which I don't like doing if I don't have to, they're generally busier than I am in most cases) I'd learned to get everything done in a very timely way. And then I had a breakthrough in my nursing practice. I realized that I really was doing the bare minimum. There WERE things that could be done. Not stocking. Not cleaning the unit. Things for my patients. A big thing was checking the notes, really looking at the chart. And thinking through what needed to be done that wasn't. What was missed in the chaos that is patient care these days? It's made a big difference for my patients. Other things that I added to my repertoire as well. But that's a good place to start. Get good at that, get "efficient" with it, and you'll soon find other things. Then you end up being the experienced nurse on the floor that has to be efficient so you can keep up with what the new folks are doing and make sure they don't kill anybody.
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    I'm very efficient as well and what I've noticed is that there are two categories of efficient nurses. There are nurses who truly are efficient and then there are those who think they are but really they just leave a lot of work undone. As far as those nurses who complain that you are lazy because you finish your tasks quickly they too fall into two categories. There is the nurse who is truly overwhelmed and just works a bit slower than everyone else and then there is the the nurse who is disorganized.

    Prime example. I worked with a nurse who always showed up late because she was coming from her other job. This woman was never less than 15-30mins late for every shift. When she finally made her appearance she would lolly-gag in the break room after getting report instead of immediately assessing her patients and entering some of her assessments into the computer. She would order dinner and go eat it about 10pm and then do her meds late. She took a 2 hour break every night because she was exhausted from working two jobs. In the mornings she would be groggy and routinely still be sitting at the computer charting 1-2 hours past her shift.
    She was always the first to complain about a lack of teamwork but I refused to help her and would just hide after getting sucked up into her inefficiency a few times. Sorry but it's not fair if you arrive at work early or on time. It's not fair when you jump right to work and bust your butt while she shows up late and works as slow as molasses. I refused to help her out and stay past my shift because she wants to show up late and work slow. As long as the patient wasn't in danger I left it alone...sorry they got a bad nurse that shift but it happens.
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    I think the down time you have could be better spent helping a nurse who's struggling, and help teach her/him your efficiency skills so they can get better and more efficient. This will have the added benefit of people not thinking you're lazy, and quite the opposite, look up to you. Share your knowledge fellow nurse!


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