Different Types Of Coworkers - page 2

by TheCommuter 17,857 Views | 83 Comments Senior Moderator

Let’s face it: our colleagues are rather interesting people. Some of these individuals are awesome and, as a result, our workdays flow smoothly whenever we work with them. Other people are, well, not so awesome. I have assembled... Read More


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    What about the 911 nurse? Everything is an emergency, everyone is circling the drain, every family is a PITA, etc. Getting report from this type of nurse used to freak me out when I was new. After a little experience, I learned not to swallow whole everything I heard in report.

    Another reason I am learning to love bedside reporting.
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    I work with a chronic complainer.

    Thankfully though, most if not all are true team players and we have an unselfish nurse manager AND director
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    The nurse dipping into the narc box needs to be reported stat. I came upon a nurse who was carefully removing the contents of Dilauded and MSO4 supplies. He did it because he had a problem, and had the keys to the narc box because he was an RN.

    I caught him in the act, red-handed, and reported him immediately. I never saw him again.
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    Seriously. I'm the nurse who does her very best each and every shift. I'm the nurse who prays for my patients, staff and family members. I'm the nurse that has the upbeat bubbly personally on a unit full of uptight, ICU nurses. I'm the nurse that makes mistakes but learns from them. I may appear like a chicken little at times, but I'm truly doing the best that I can. I'm not the best nurse in the world but certaintly not the worse.
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    Don't forget the 'Queen Bee' Nurse. Every ICU/ER generally has one. These bullies can make their coworkers' shifts miserable with their bossy meddling, negative attitude, and constant mean-spirited gossip and criticism.
    g8sushma, dapc, OnlybyHisgraceRN, and 9 others like this.
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    Loved,loved loved your article.We need to laugh more!



    The Documenter : The one who charts everything,does nothing and can't understand how she still ends up in court.

    The Beacon : The nurse who takes pleasure in teaching others how to shine
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    Try to have a little sympathy for the second career nurse. Not all of us feel as entitled as your example. Some of us had the calling to enter nursing and resisted it (for whatever reason.) I intend to be a nurse who loves my job. I switched careers because I wanted to do something meaningful with my life. I'm an LPN now. I see my co-workers roll their eyes when they find out I'm pursuing my RN degree. Is wanting to work in acute care instead of LTC such a huge sin? I'm happy to be a worker bee, but I would rather do my bedside nursing in an ICU. Sorry. I just want that, and I can't do that as an LPN.



    The Second-Career Nurse Who Hates Her Job

    She earned a BA degree in creative writing ten years ago, and after finding nothing but low-paying temp jobs, borrowed $90,000 to complete a direct-entry MSN program at a prestigious university because nursing is so ‘recession-proof.’ This nurse has $100,000+ worth of student loan debt, works a bedside nursing position when she expected to go straight to management, and struggles with the concept of the ‘worker bee.’ She gripes, “I didn’t go to nursing school to wipe butts!”
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    I am Chicken Little also ... and I do not want to be : (

    Two months as a nurse and pushing on ...
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    Quote from ElizaW
    Try to have a little sympathy for the second career nurse. Not all of us feel as entitled as your example. Some of us had the calling to enter nursing and resisted it (for whatever reason.) I intend to be a nurse who loves my job. I switched careers because I wanted to do something meaningful with my life. I'm an LPN now. I see my co-workers roll their eyes when they find out I'm pursuing my RN degree. Is wanting to work in acute care instead of LTC such a huge sin? I'm happy to be a worker bee, but I would rather do my bedside nursing in an ICU. Sorry. I just want that, and I can't do that as an LPN.
    *** YOU are not the second career nurse the OP was talking about. I knwo exactly the kind of 2nd career RN mentioned in the OP. For a while my hospital was all hot and bothered to hire all the direct entry masters grads they could. Too many mached the description in the OP. Now they aren't even considered for employment.
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    Great article. It helps keep us mindful to focus on the positive traits...and remember how "not to be." We can all gripe and moan, at some point, and sometimes the sky does seem likes its falling. Keep a straight head, and focus on patient care. It's not all about me when I'm on duty...it's about my patients. That's one thing I like about nursing.
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