Quote from Peppermint_RN
I absolutely love everyone else I work with, including my charge nurse & nurse manager. But I know they've already had problems with this guy and there isn't much they can do about it because of the Union (from what I've heard), so I'll probably stick with the "keeping my head down" tactic & just let it go in one ear & out the other. Hate rocking the boat! Plus I won't really be working with him much once I'm on my own, or even that much after the next few days when I get with another preceptor (I'm being floated around the unit & different groups of patients on the LTC floor).
It is rarely "because of the Union" that people like this are allowed to continue behaving inappropriately. Most union contracts have progressive discipline. Should the manager start the process of progressive discipline, and the employee doesn't improve per the steps, then they can be let go.
I am curious as to why this person is precepting, if they have had problems with him in the past. That seems very odd to me. By giving this person such an assignment, they are confirming that his behavior is not only ok and tolerated on the unit, but that he can continue said behavior with a new orientee.
With all that being said, is he a good nurse? Are you learning what you need to from him? Is he a good reference for your questions?
We are not going to like everyone. If nothing else, a reminder why one should keep personal and professional seperate. If he is not asking leading questions related to your personal beliefs--(ie: Are you a fan of President such and so?) I would think that it is not like in your personal life where not saying something somehow seems as if you are in agreement--learn whatever you need to from him, do not get into lively political debate with him, and go about your day.