Hygiene Queen, RN Guide 25,133 Views
Joined Sep 13, '07.
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Sometimes you'll encounter nasty people who thrive from causing other people discomfort. They want nothing more than to see you react.
The best thing you can do is to not react at all. When you display calm indifference, you ruin their fun.
Don't give them the satisfaction. Don't feed the beast. Learn "The Poker Face". You win when you don't give them what they want... which is a reaction.
Remind yourself that they are saying that because they are a broken person. Don't waste your energy dwelling on it. This person's comment isn't worth your time.
I know your pain. My director alienated our subs and then made no effort to find a new one.
When the other nurse (with whom I job share) got ill, we jointly decided I wouldn't cover. There's a lot more to the story, but they now use an agency (which I had to find and set up! What BS). They are still too stupid to hire a regular sub. They treated the ones we had like crap.
They hounded me to find a regular sub... sorry... that's their job. I did ask all the nurses I knew (only becuse I thought they might enjoy the easy money) but
the pay wasn't worth their effort
We got fed up when we realized they couldn't care less if we had back up. Everyone else was calling in with hangnails and gas and the only two nurses had to still come in and wear masks because we were truly sick! No one else could do our job, so yeah! They think this is okay, I guess, ya know 'cause we're martyrs... not!
Maybe you need to force their hand. We did. We had to make them panic before they took any action.
I've only had one job before becoming an RN and that was working at a low class grocery store where someone paying in cash/credit/debit was a rarity. Learned there that you can live off the government and afford fancy phones and Michael Kors bags. :Shaking my head:
Oh, hands down, Dollar General.
You will be worked like a dog for minimum wage, no benefits and treated like dirt.
Now, I loved unloading the truck. I love a little mindless physical labor... burns calories but working the cash register was bogus!!!
I got stuck on the register because I was articulate, polite and could do math when the register went all to hell. Screwed myself because people can be nasty peices of work.
I had a "lady" threaten to come behind the counter and kick my ***.
I had an old man throw batteries at me and another customer (who smelled like booze, mold, sweat and urine... and looked just as good) make lewd comments.
Loved the time all the other employees left me there alone to go next door to the pub! I had a line wending its way through and back around BFE. When a customer complained, I apologized and told her she could find my coworkers next door. People left and no one left in the line blamed me. Minimum wage was not enough money to keep me from being so honest. At least I was gracious when I said it, lol.
We were in a seedy part of town. So much shoplifting! We had a huge group that would come in together and steal. No way we were going to confront those guys. We just let 'em go.
When I got my job in behavioral health, I ran as fast as I could. Thank god, I just missed being stuck there during the holiday season!
Soooo many bad stories from that place, but that's it in a mutshell.
I may put up with a lot of crap in behavioral health, but that place gave me a nursing degree for practically free... and I'm paid MUCH better.
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