Different Types Of Coworkers - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
    11
    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.
    sleepdeprived1, cp1024, lorirn58, and 8 others like this.
  2. Visit  VickyRN profile page
    12
    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.
  3. Visit  echoRNC711 profile page
    8
    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
    dapc, noyesno, tnmarie, and 5 others like this.
  4. Visit  ElizaW profile page
    5
    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!"
    StudentNurseKitteh, kphill21, WesF, and 2 others like this.
  5. Visit  roughmatch profile page
    6
    I am Chicken Little also ... and I do not want to be : (

    Two months as a nurse and pushing on ...
    sleepdeprived1, cp1024, natnat122, and 3 others like this.
  6. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
    6
    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.
    lorirn58, dapc, tnmarie, and 3 others like this.
  7. Visit  darmis profile page
    2
    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.
    dapc and roughmatch like this.
  8. Visit  Luv2BAnurse profile page
    2
    The Purposely Inefficient to Get Overtime

    Ha! there used to be quite a few of those! Someone finally caught on and nixed that!
    gummi bear and dudette10 like this.
  9. Visit  NF_eyenurse profile page
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    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......
    SunDazed, dapc, noyesno, and 11 others like this.
  10. Visit  2bFNP4ME2015 profile page
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    Forgot a couple of others:The Dansel in Distress: The nurse who constantly displays poor time management and priortizing skills. in due time, she sets herself up to get rescued by her peers. The one who you hate to rescue but do so because you feel sorry for her and her patients. You vow to never do it again but see yourself doing it again and again.The Sabotager: The nurse who will undermine any new nurse or new seasoned colleague to deflate their confidence, while inflating her low self-esteem. Pretends to be the best preceptor, but is really your frenemy who sees you as a threat. AKA....the workplace bully.
    kermitlady, lorirn58, kphill21, and 7 others like this.
  11. Visit  lindseylpn profile page
    9
    The "tries to do as little work as possible" nurse.- won't give prn meds because they are too lazy to mix them up and walk them back to a patient's room, tries to tape up a leaking colostomy bag instead of changing it, it's obvious they don't do treatments but, sign the mars anyways, stops up peg tubes because they are too lazy to flush then leaves it for the next shift to deal with, all the foley changes, weekly treatments etc get mysteriously changed on the mars to days they don't work, won't order meds, stock the med cart/cabinet, tries to delegate nursing duties to cnas, say they don't do "cna work", deaf to the sounds of call lights beeping or yelling, does as little charting as possible and its says the same thing for each patient, all their patients vital signs are somehow 98.6 70 18 120/80 and accu checks 100 (with small variations) every time they take them, they are packed up with their purse/bag in hand and all work "done" 1 hour before shift change, sighs and looks inconvenienced while giving their crappy report because they want to leave.
    Usually has a "holier than thou" attitude, complains about all the other nurses and brags about how great of a nurse she is.
    catlvr, dapc, tnmarie, and 6 others like this.
  12. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
    6
    The lone gunman. The one who never asks for help even when they should. Prefers to work alone. Looks at you like you have grown a second head if you ask for their help.
    dapc, gummi bear, hecallsmeDuchess, and 3 others like this.
  13. Visit  Indy profile page
    2
    The Witch I Wish I Could Be: She's my mother's age and she says all the things I want to say, but somehow makes them sound funny or interesting instead of crass and rude, which is how they would sound coming out of my mouth.

    The Twin: This is a nurse I run across very rarely, and would move mountains to work with. When we go into a mess of a room, we work together, we don't have to talk, the one does what the other isn't without thinking, and somehow the work, no matter what the work is, gets done and fast. We didn't spend time figuring out how to work with each other, it just happened.

    The [expletive]: There is no word for this nurse. Well there is but it will get my post deleted or edited. This nurse has mania and hypermania as her two states of being, a mouth that never stops, brags about her or someone else's accomplishments till your ears bleed, and always manages to get someone else to do things for her, without ever coming into anyone else's rooms to help them. This is the nurse that I wish would dip into the narc box so she could shut up once in a while! It is also one of two things that I keep in mind when doing my schedule, the other being my family.
    Last edit by Indy on Oct 30, '12 : Reason: my my, even the initials are ***'d out!
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