Different Types Of Coworkers - page 6

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

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Letís 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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    Archetypes can be fun to recognize, as a group. When it's made personal at the workplace, not so much.

    Would you like to know that your colleagues call you "The Intimidated Nurse", or any other label?

    Name-calling, when it's personal, is never okay unless you are praising your colleague.

    We change and evolve each day. What name will you be tomorrow?
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    Quote from MotherRN
    The Inquisitor cracked me up because I had a 20 year veteran nurse rip my reports apart everytime I gave them and it felt just like that. I was calmer once I realized this was her MO and to just plan for it.
    Hmmm, haven't you ever told an on coming nurse "hey just shut up and listen to my report. When I am done you may ask any questions you may have".
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    No. I have not.
    I would never tell an oncoming nurse to shut up. I would never tell an off-going nurse to shut up.
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    Quote from nursefrances
    What about the end of shift report nurses, microwave and slowcooker? The microwave nurse- who gives report in 30 seconds-doesn't cover anything, it just seems to splatter about. Then the sloooowcooker-who puts everything in the pot, and has to simmer through report and goes on and on and on......
    Hehe, I go back and forth between these two. Just keep me off the stove or my report will boil over when I'm not looking!!
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    In LTC there's the "med cart zombie", the nurse who's so obsessed with her med pass that she misses more important things, like critically declining residents.
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    The "Big Mouse" is one who eats your food without asking or when your lunch or dinner is missing in the fridge.
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    The "unsure" nurse. Usually a new grad or someone who hasn't been a bedside nurse in a while, always asks if they are doing things right and they usually are. Asks a million questions that they already know the answers too, they are always second guessing themselves. They are so afraid that they will make mistakes, that they make mistakes. Usually end up being a pretty great nurse once they get some confidence.
    Last edit by lindseylpn on Oct 31, '12
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    The "my life could be made into a lifetime movie nurse" They miss a ton of work and are always late and always have some elaborate excuse but, never gets in trouble. Management seems to pity them. Their excuse for missing the last 2 weeks of work sounds like it is straight from a movie. Noone half believes a word that comes out of their mouth. Likes to play the victim and be the center of attention but, they are a nice person. They are usually pretty lazy and care more about socializing than working.
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    The the poster complaining about labels: I think any of us who aren't self-deluded and/or self-ignorant know which label or labels we fall under in the opinion of our coworkers. I can see not being a fan of labels and boxes for people, but the fact is labeling things and people along with recognizing patterns are part of some of our most basic survival skills as human beings. Welcome to the human condition; you can either learn from it (preferably laughing along the way at the utter ridiculousness of it at times) or be offended by it.

    I had to giggle at the whole "nurse perfect label" though. I thought the whole never being late, never missing a shift, never bringing your personal problems to work thing was simply called "professionalism".

    Here a couple of more:

    The Time Card Puncher: The nurse who OBVIOUSLY doesn't give a crap about her patients and is just there for the pay check. You seriously doubt this nurse is giving her meds, feeding her peg tubes, changing her dressings etc. My absolute least favorite nurse with whom to work (seriously, I'd rather work with the bully; I can handle her ).

    The Social Butterfly: This nurse is a family favorite because she is gives them so much attention and is such an expert smoozer. She leaves you wondering when exactly the families think she is providing pt care if she has all that time to smooze with them.

    We always called the nurse who thought she should be off for every weekend and holiday "nurse special".
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    haha, great post!
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