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  • Dec 9

    Quote from Medic2RN_
    Usually Triage/do vitals when they first come in. IV's. Blood work. Help hold down to give shots. Let me clarify. I don't have a problem doing vitals and triaging and IV's. (I have PALS NRP and ACLS) during times when we get a rescue and do the EKG, all of that stuff. I do assess and hand off to the nurse and they choose either to assess for themselves or take what I give them. I don't have a problem doing my job, I love kids and I love my job. (My unit doesn't even transfer a lot. It's mostly kids with just fever or something else like strep) it just bothers me when I'm used like a pawn and I'm not called by my job title. It bothers me even more when people are sitting around gossiping and 4 nurses are telling me at once to recheck vitals and do a splint or whatever while they're all sitting, talking, gossiping. I think what I was posting didn't get accross to some people. I think whoever it is. The paramedic, CNA, MD whatever all of us need to work together. I shouldn't be abused and neither should the nurse by the doctor. I'm only one person. I can't do 4 kids vital signs at once and do this line for one kid and this other thing. It would just be nicer if one of them did like a part of that so I'm not running around like a crazy person.
    Maybe you could just calmly, courteously say to the people telling you to do all of these things "I have been assigned by Susie to do X, then by Nancy to do Y, and by Abby to do Z. It will take about 20 minutes. If you, Juliette or you, Romeo need D sooner than that, you will need to do it". Then stand by that a few times and they will start to get the message that you only have 2 hands.

    And just say "I need to eat because I feel faint from hunger" when you need to eat. Or "I'm about to wet my drawers" when the old bladder is bursting.

    In other words, communicate. Don't just bottle it all up and feel victimized without trying to change the work setting.

  • Dec 6

    Quote from anchorRN
    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the OP is a millenial. Touching a door without removing gloves is most likely a violation of hospital policy and very much a "big deal" in terms of infection control. A novice such as yourself should be called out for this behavior. I applaud your clinical instructor for this as he/she is ensuring you dont pick up bad habits such as this before you are even licensed. Learn from your instructor and quit playing the part of a victim.

    She should be corrected but not berated or yelled at, no matter what her age is.

  • Dec 6

    Quote from anchorRN
    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the OP is a millenial. Touching a door without removing gloves is most likely a violation of hospital policy and very much a "big deal" in terms of infection control. A novice such as yourself should be called out for this behavior. I applaud your clinical instructor for this as he/she is ensuring you dont pick up bad habits such as this before you are even licensed. Learn from your instructor and quit playing the part of a victim.

    She should be corrected but not berated or yelled at, no matter what her age is.

  • Dec 5

    Quote from Horseshoe
    I think it's very strange that you are framing your manager giving you feedback from your peers as "gossiping" or telling you "tidbits about other workers." That's not AT ALL what she did. Telling you "tidbits about other workers" or gossiping would be your boss saying that Janie has a drinking problem or that Joe is getting a divorce.

    Your manager is telling you what your coworkers have said while giving them anonymity, which given your reaction, seems very appropriate imo.

    Rather than being defensive and mischaracterising your manager's comments, it might do you some good to reflect on what she actually is telling you. Honest introspection is never a bad thing.

    And going over her head to report her " ineffective ***** management style" is not going to make HER look bad; it's only going to reflect poorly on YOU.

    I wouldn't ignore what she said, either. Again, introspection is a good thing. Everyone has weaknesses, including you, right? Maybe this is something you are indeed projecting, and you can work on either why that's the impression you are giving off, or talk with her again, saying you've thought about what she said, but would like some actual examples of this lack of confidence, and what she thinks you actually need to do to improve.
    The manager is not gossiping. She is also not being a good manager. She's a chicken, doesn't know the first thing about confronting a worker about problems. She ought to sit down the OP with her accusers, one at a time -without even her, the boss present. That way the chicken little coworkers will have to say directly to OP, as they should have to start with, what difficulties they have with or about her.

    If "these onpenly stating the issues" sessions don't work, then they can dump the issues on the boss .

  • Dec 3

    Quote from CalArmy
    I would let HR know too. Even though this is outside of work it makes you feel threatened about your license. Call the police too and let him know two can play that game. He is a scumbag and needs to be shut down!
    Don't say a word to anyone at work if you can possibly avoid it.

    HR is not your friend. If they see you as a problem, a distracted worker or student who has a problem, they will get rid of you so fast you won't know which end is up.

  • Dec 3

    I don't know the answer to your question, except that Nursing has a long history of expecting nurses to be well-rounded and do Med-Surg first.

    And it is a good idea to have a back-up plan. Learn everything you can in every area of Nursing to which you are exposed. It can all come in very handy some day.

    And whatever you do, do not let other students or instructors or anyone know of your desire to be a NNP because some people are vicious and jealous and just live to rain on your parade.

    So keep your heart's desire to yourself unless you super trust whoever you're dealing with - like your closest family or friend. Just be a student and learn all you can. It will all help you reach your ultimate goal.

    Plan now for some bland, run of the mill response when you interview or tell why you want to be a nurse. Don't shout from the housetops about NNP.

    But I definitely wish you well on whatever path your journey takes you.

  • Dec 2

    Quote from Medic2RN_
    Usually Triage/do vitals when they first come in. IV's. Blood work. Help hold down to give shots. Let me clarify. I don't have a problem doing vitals and triaging and IV's. (I have PALS NRP and ACLS) during times when we get a rescue and do the EKG, all of that stuff. I do assess and hand off to the nurse and they choose either to assess for themselves or take what I give them. I don't have a problem doing my job, I love kids and I love my job. (My unit doesn't even transfer a lot. It's mostly kids with just fever or something else like strep) it just bothers me when I'm used like a pawn and I'm not called by my job title. It bothers me even more when people are sitting around gossiping and 4 nurses are telling me at once to recheck vitals and do a splint or whatever while they're all sitting, talking, gossiping. I think what I was posting didn't get accross to some people. I think whoever it is. The paramedic, CNA, MD whatever all of us need to work together. I shouldn't be abused and neither should the nurse by the doctor. I'm only one person. I can't do 4 kids vital signs at once and do this line for one kid and this other thing. It would just be nicer if one of them did like a part of that so I'm not running around like a crazy person.
    Maybe you could just calmly, courteously say to the people telling you to do all of these things "I have been assigned by Susie to do X, then by Nancy to do Y, and by Abby to do Z. It will take about 20 minutes. If you, Juliette or you, Romeo need D sooner than that, you will need to do it". Then stand by that a few times and they will start to get the message that you only have 2 hands.

    And just say "I need to eat because I feel faint from hunger" when you need to eat. Or "I'm about to wet my drawers" when the old bladder is bursting.

    In other words, communicate. Don't just bottle it all up and feel victimized without trying to change the work setting.

  • Dec 2

    Quote from Garden,RN
    I think we have a major issue in that we can't figure out how to feed hospital personnel. Yes I have put things in refrigerators and had it missing, but I also have wandered in the wee hours of the night searching for a bit of cream to put in my coffee or had my stomach be physically hurting because I need a cracker. ( I have IBS) so my relationship to food is already different. it is because of this that if someone takes something I put in the refrigerator I am ok with it. It is just a little food and I really don't mind sharing. I figure is someone takes food it must be a need.

    I notice too that prior to working in the hospital, extended care areas, nursing specifically, my coworkers and I rarely worried about things like that. We usually ordered out and shared. Maybe there was an occasional comment or joke about who brings the coffee or a little fund was started for such ,but it never really an issue.
    Cost can be a problem for some people. Ordering out gets costly.

    It is just plain stealing to take someone else's food.

    If you work Nights, good luck in some facilities finding somewhere to easily obtain food once yours is stolen.

  • Dec 2

    Quote from Medic2RN_
    Usually Triage/do vitals when they first come in. IV's. Blood work. Help hold down to give shots. Let me clarify. I don't have a problem doing vitals and triaging and IV's. (I have PALS NRP and ACLS) during times when we get a rescue and do the EKG, all of that stuff. I do assess and hand off to the nurse and they choose either to assess for themselves or take what I give them. I don't have a problem doing my job, I love kids and I love my job. (My unit doesn't even transfer a lot. It's mostly kids with just fever or something else like strep) it just bothers me when I'm used like a pawn and I'm not called by my job title. It bothers me even more when people are sitting around gossiping and 4 nurses are telling me at once to recheck vitals and do a splint or whatever while they're all sitting, talking, gossiping. I think what I was posting didn't get accross to some people. I think whoever it is. The paramedic, CNA, MD whatever all of us need to work together. I shouldn't be abused and neither should the nurse by the doctor. I'm only one person. I can't do 4 kids vital signs at once and do this line for one kid and this other thing. It would just be nicer if one of them did like a part of that so I'm not running around like a crazy person.
    Maybe you could just calmly, courteously say to the people telling you to do all of these things "I have been assigned by Susie to do X, then by Nancy to do Y, and by Abby to do Z. It will take about 20 minutes. If you, Juliette or you, Romeo need D sooner than that, you will need to do it". Then stand by that a few times and they will start to get the message that you only have 2 hands.

    And just say "I need to eat because I feel faint from hunger" when you need to eat. Or "I'm about to wet my drawers" when the old bladder is bursting.

    In other words, communicate. Don't just bottle it all up and feel victimized without trying to change the work setting.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from CalArmy
    I would let HR know too. Even though this is outside of work it makes you feel threatened about your license. Call the police too and let him know two can play that game. He is a scumbag and needs to be shut down!
    Don't say a word to anyone at work if you can possibly avoid it.

    HR is not your friend. If they see you as a problem, a distracted worker or student who has a problem, they will get rid of you so fast you won't know which end is up.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from Medic2RN_
    Usually Triage/do vitals when they first come in. IV's. Blood work. Help hold down to give shots. Let me clarify. I don't have a problem doing vitals and triaging and IV's. (I have PALS NRP and ACLS) during times when we get a rescue and do the EKG, all of that stuff. I do assess and hand off to the nurse and they choose either to assess for themselves or take what I give them. I don't have a problem doing my job, I love kids and I love my job. (My unit doesn't even transfer a lot. It's mostly kids with just fever or something else like strep) it just bothers me when I'm used like a pawn and I'm not called by my job title. It bothers me even more when people are sitting around gossiping and 4 nurses are telling me at once to recheck vitals and do a splint or whatever while they're all sitting, talking, gossiping. I think what I was posting didn't get accross to some people. I think whoever it is. The paramedic, CNA, MD whatever all of us need to work together. I shouldn't be abused and neither should the nurse by the doctor. I'm only one person. I can't do 4 kids vital signs at once and do this line for one kid and this other thing. It would just be nicer if one of them did like a part of that so I'm not running around like a crazy person.
    Maybe you could just calmly, courteously say to the people telling you to do all of these things "I have been assigned by Susie to do X, then by Nancy to do Y, and by Abby to do Z. It will take about 20 minutes. If you, Juliette or you, Romeo need D sooner than that, you will need to do it". Then stand by that a few times and they will start to get the message that you only have 2 hands.

    And just say "I need to eat because I feel faint from hunger" when you need to eat. Or "I'm about to wet my drawers" when the old bladder is bursting.

    In other words, communicate. Don't just bottle it all up and feel victimized without trying to change the work setting.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from anchorRN
    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the OP is a millenial. Touching a door without removing gloves is most likely a violation of hospital policy and very much a "big deal" in terms of infection control. A novice such as yourself should be called out for this behavior. I applaud your clinical instructor for this as he/she is ensuring you dont pick up bad habits such as this before you are even licensed. Learn from your instructor and quit playing the part of a victim.

    She should be corrected but not berated or yelled at, no matter what her age is.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from That Guy
    Listen to your instructor, duh. "I did something wrong and was told not to do it and now Im being abused" No its called they are trying to teach you and your little know it all attitude isn't helping. Get over yourself and take the lessons.
    Why do you think her attitude is "know it all"?

  • Dec 1

    Quote from Medic2RN_
    Usually Triage/do vitals when they first come in. IV's. Blood work. Help hold down to give shots. Let me clarify. I don't have a problem doing vitals and triaging and IV's. (I have PALS NRP and ACLS) during times when we get a rescue and do the EKG, all of that stuff. I do assess and hand off to the nurse and they choose either to assess for themselves or take what I give them. I don't have a problem doing my job, I love kids and I love my job. (My unit doesn't even transfer a lot. It's mostly kids with just fever or something else like strep) it just bothers me when I'm used like a pawn and I'm not called by my job title. It bothers me even more when people are sitting around gossiping and 4 nurses are telling me at once to recheck vitals and do a splint or whatever while they're all sitting, talking, gossiping. I think what I was posting didn't get accross to some people. I think whoever it is. The paramedic, CNA, MD whatever all of us need to work together. I shouldn't be abused and neither should the nurse by the doctor. I'm only one person. I can't do 4 kids vital signs at once and do this line for one kid and this other thing. It would just be nicer if one of them did like a part of that so I'm not running around like a crazy person.
    Maybe you could just calmly, courteously say to the people telling you to do all of these things "I have been assigned by Susie to do X, then by Nancy to do Y, and by Abby to do Z. It will take about 20 minutes. If you, Juliette or you, Romeo need D sooner than that, you will need to do it". Then stand by that a few times and they will start to get the message that you only have 2 hands.

    And just say "I need to eat because I feel faint from hunger" when you need to eat. Or "I'm about to wet my drawers" when the old bladder is bursting.

    In other words, communicate. Don't just bottle it all up and feel victimized without trying to change the work setting.

  • Dec 1

    Quote from Medic2RN_
    Usually Triage/do vitals when they first come in. IV's. Blood work. Help hold down to give shots. Let me clarify. I don't have a problem doing vitals and triaging and IV's. (I have PALS NRP and ACLS) during times when we get a rescue and do the EKG, all of that stuff. I do assess and hand off to the nurse and they choose either to assess for themselves or take what I give them. I don't have a problem doing my job, I love kids and I love my job. (My unit doesn't even transfer a lot. It's mostly kids with just fever or something else like strep) it just bothers me when I'm used like a pawn and I'm not called by my job title. It bothers me even more when people are sitting around gossiping and 4 nurses are telling me at once to recheck vitals and do a splint or whatever while they're all sitting, talking, gossiping. I think what I was posting didn't get accross to some people. I think whoever it is. The paramedic, CNA, MD whatever all of us need to work together. I shouldn't be abused and neither should the nurse by the doctor. I'm only one person. I can't do 4 kids vital signs at once and do this line for one kid and this other thing. It would just be nicer if one of them did like a part of that so I'm not running around like a crazy person.
    Maybe you could just calmly, courteously say to the people telling you to do all of these things "I have been assigned by Susie to do X, then by Nancy to do Y, and by Abby to do Z. It will take about 20 minutes. If you, Juliette or you, Romeo need D sooner than that, you will need to do it". Then stand by that a few times and they will start to get the message that you only have 2 hands.

    And just say "I need to eat because I feel faint from hunger" when you need to eat. Or "I'm about to wet my drawers" when the old bladder is bursting.

    In other words, communicate. Don't just bottle it all up and feel victimized without trying to change the work setting.


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