Charge Nurse Ignores Me

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    How can I get a nurse to not ignore me. I will say her name and tell her something but she does not acknowledge that I am speaking. I only talk to her about valid work issues, this is not socialization. Thanks!

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    Make sure you have her full attention...stand next to her. When you are finished with your question/ statement and don't get a response, ask her if she heard you. (sometimes with all the chaos going on in our nurses' station I truly don't hear people when they say my name). I would guess you have tried these things but short of screaming her name its all I could come up with! Good luck!
    LexRaven likes this.
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    I have tried that, thanks though. I hope someone has something else I can use!
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    Tap her on the shoulder and have her face you and then make sure she is focused on you.
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    If its regarding a patient condition/issue change or problem tell her and note in the chart "charge nurse notified". When she's questioned on it she may start listening. Though you probably get on her bad side. How are you telling her? Standing behind, in front, on the side? Is she doing something? Perhaps lightly touch her shoulder and say her name?
    anggelRN likes this.
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    I will be standing at the desk. Shes sitting at the nurse station also and is usually speaking with another nurse. Tapping her on the shoulder would be a bit weird and probably not welcome. Any other ideas?
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    It will get her attention. Be assertive. Say excuse me if she is talking to another person then if and when she focuses her attention on you make your statement or ask your questions. Stand near her and if she doesn't hear you when you say this tap her on the shoulder.

    Or project your voice if you can without yelling. I have a loud voice naturally so I have to make an effort to soften it. But I can project it if I need too but I'm not yelling.
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    As a charge nurse people know if I am not looking at them I am probably not paying attention. I tell new staff to poke me if needed. Not recommending that but get into her personal space:......hard to ignore that!
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    Quote from qt2168
    I will be standing at the desk. Shes sitting at the nurse station also and is usually speaking with another nurse. Tapping her on the shoulder would be a bit weird and probably not welcome. Any other ideas?
    Usually speaking with another nurse? Maybe she's doing with you what I used to do to my kids when they interrupted people who were talking....ignore them.

    Really, if she's just chit chatting, I would say, "Suzy, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I need to talk to you." If she doesn't look at you then...um..well, that would be weird. I would probably say, "Can you look at me so I know you're listening?" I don't think anyone in their right mind would still ignore that.

    If she does.....ask your manager for a psych consult....on the charge nurse.
    Seas, nrsang97, WhereIsMyCallBell, and 4 others like this.
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    If she is speaking to another nurse, I would stand right beside the other nurse, and wait a moment for them to finish speaking. Either charge will get the idea you want to speak to her, or they will wonder why you are standing there listening to their conversation. When they stop speaking is when you would say "Sorry for interupting, however, ........" If they continue their conversation, and the extent is not professional, I would (still standing beside the other nurse she is speaking to) say "excuse me". Giving charge benefit of the doubt, if she is speaking to the nurse about patients, then you can only concentrate on one issue at a time. If she is speaking about personal chatty stuff, and continues to ignore you, is something else entirely. And needs to be brought to your NM attention.


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