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  1. 0 I've been a nurse for 25 years and been in management for about 20 of those. I am amazed at the new nurses these days. We had to counsel a nurse for not doing her nursing summaries on time. I heard the way the ADNS spoke to her. She said "you need to get your summaries done." That was it. She didn't yell or raise her voice or anything. I was there. I looked at the nurse who appeared to be chewing something....she had 3 kinds of food on her med cart. I quietly went over and told her she couldn't eat or have food on the med cart. Next thing I know, she's down in the administrator's office turning in her resignation because the ADNS was 'mean' to her.
    So, how do you all deal with this? We were not mean or disrespectful-we simply stated the fact.
    I am relatively new to the building and am trying to set some standards.
    I can't imagine acting that way as a new nurse. We have gone out of our way to accommate her schedule, have offered help with her personal issues, and have been very supportive. I don't know what else to do. I can't let her continue to not do summaries and eat at the cart. I am beginning to think I should throw my hands up in the air and let the chips fall where they may.
  2. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page

    About CapeCodMermaid, RN

    CapeCodMermaid has '30+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Gerontology,med surg,home health'. From 'It's not on any chart....'; Joined Nov '02; Posts: 5,535; Likes: 8,029.

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  3. Visit  nightmare profile page
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    You try to guide new nurses by telling them what to do and the standards expected of them and the next thing they are crying 'harassment/bullying'I totally agree with you CCM,we wouldn't have dared act like that as new nurses,you were at the bottom of the pecking order and knew you had to work your way up.You did not go into a job demanding that 'you can't work this or that'
    changed days now......I think we are just getting old!!!
    As to how to deal with them......if I find out I'll let you know!!
  4. Visit  suanna profile page
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    Sounds like she was doing you a favor! I can live with a nursing shortage as long as I don't have to put up with a bunch of half educated primadonas who think a RN license entitles them to royal treatment. Give me three nurses with professional intergity, commitment and some common sense over 6 "fluff chicks" who think the job is a chance to do thier nails, catch up on thier e-mail, and flurt with every MD that strolls through. More nurses dosen't equal better care, better nurses usually does. I'd like more and better but the profession can't afford to lower its standards any further.
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  5. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    Amen sister!
    marina17 likes this.
  6. Visit  RNinfamily profile page
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    Hi!
    Sounds like she was having personal problems and just one more thing was going to push her over. It probably was for the best, she needed time to regroup and the patients need someone to provide quality care.
  7. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Anyway you look at it she saved you a lot of trouble and work. Hopefully her replacement will be more mature and work oriented. Perhaps this young lady believes the statement that nursing jobs are there to be picked off the ground after falling from the trees. One of these days she will find out that she won't be able to get the next job so easily. Hope she grows up before then.
  8. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    I hired an 'old' nurse today to fill that slot. She has 30 years of experience, and doesn't believe that nurses are entitled to anything. woo woo
    pixie120 likes this.
  9. Visit  noc4senuf profile page
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    Even though it may mean hours put in working the floor, I do not keep a nurse that does not complete her job just to have the warm body around.
    marina17 likes this.
  10. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    Some of us do not have that luxury. There are a group of nurses who have contracts and I have been told I am not at liberty to fire them without going to the top of the company.
  11. Visit  noc4senuf profile page
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    Contracts? I guess I have never heard of that. All new hires, are in a 3 month probation period in my facility. We determine in that timeframe if it will work out or not. We conduct 30, 60 and 90 performance evals so the documentation is there when they fail. IF they make it past that period and we then start having problems, the disciplinary tract starts. A verbal warniing, 1st written, 2nd written, suspension and then termination. Everything is thoroughly documented. I rarely get to the point of termination since they seem to correct the problem before that.
  12. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    If you have trouble with any of your "contract" nurses I would suggest keeping a paper trail of counselings for the time that you have to go to the head of the company. I would also ask to see those contracts. It is quite possible that someone is pulling your leg about this matter. It is not a good idea to put one over on your DON. No DON I've ever worked for lacked the ability to get rid of poor performers. This doesn't smell right.
  13. Visit  HannasMom profile page
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    If we eat or drink anything at the nurses station we get written up, if it continues, we can get fired. She sounds like a spoiled brat. Anyway eating should be saved for lunch break. Also think of the contamination, she puts her food in her mouth, then touches the pills? Even if she wears gloves, all I can think of is yuck. I bet she would have had lots of complaining to do if she had our dress code, nurses in our facility wear white, and our patients know who the nurses are and who the CNA's are. Works well for me, anyway.
    Hospice Nurse LPN likes this.
  14. Visit  eccentricRN profile page
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    Quote from suanna
    sounds like she was doing you a favor! i can live with a nursing shortage as long as i don't have to put up with a bunch of half educated primadonas who think a rn license entitles them to royal treatment. give me three nurses with professional intergity, commitment and some common sense over 6 "fluff chicks" who think the job is a chance to do thier nails, catch up on thier e-mail, and flurt with every md that strolls through. more nurses dosen't equal better care, better nurses usually does. i'd like more and better but the profession can't afford to lower its standards any further.
    ouch, that hurt a little... i'll however get over it. i'm a new grad & i'm not sure what some are taught in school, but it was stressed... that we should not expect to just walk into a new job just because we were now a nurse. we were told to dress properly, blah...blah...blah to get hired & that we should expect the off shifts as the norm. i'm sorry that there are so many new nurses out there making us look bad... we're not all bad.
    Hospice Nurse LPN and vashtee like this.


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