Do you tattle on your co-workers when you find something missed? - page 3

by squatmunkie_RN

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I work in an environment where everyone smiles to your face while they are stabbing you in the back. With nurses who will lie and exaggerate the truth telling the NM on you in emails and phone calls, then smile and joke to your... Read More


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    In many jobs most people oppurate under the "the best defense is a good offense" mentality. i have to say my manager loves this and seems to encourage it.
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    Quote from KelRN215
    If you find an error that compromised patient safety, reporting it is not "tattle-taling", it is doing your job.

    OK, I think, once again, some clarification is needed.

    I don't think the OP is talking about reporting critical errors and such. We all have to uphold safety and ethics.

    This is NOT what OP is referring to. It's making issues when they are not really issues and can be addressed directly without a lot of nonsense--it is doing so for the purpose of getting one up on someone or somehow undermining them, sabotaging, them or somehow getting a leg-up, being malicious, or getting even.

    All of that is equally unethical and unsafe.

    That is indeed the point.
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    Quote from samadams8
    OK, I think, once again, some clarification is needed.

    I don't think the OP is talking about reporting critical errors and such. We all have to uphold safety and ethics.

    This is NOT what OP is referring to. It's making issues when they are not really issues and can be addressed directly without a lot of nonsense--it is doing so for the purpose of getting one up on someone or somehow undermining them, sabotaging, them or somehow getting a leg-up, being malicious, or getting even.

    All of that is equally unethical and unsafe.

    That is indeed the point.
    Yes you probably right about that.I have seen floors other than my own engage in this. Running to the manager for petty things just to even a personal score.Sometimes all it takes is one person with this mentality to make the whole unit a nightmare to work on.Thankfully my floor doesn't have this culture.
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    Quote from squatmunkie_RN
    I work in an environment where everyone smiles to your face while they are stabbing you in the back. With nurses who will lie and exaggerate the truth telling the NM on you in emails and phone calls, then smile and joke to your face. How can you work like this? When you're constantly looking over your shoulder worried about what mistake will go in your permanent file? If I find something wrong, something missed by the previous nurse I fix the problem and move on. (the shift is WAY too busy to stop and write emails on what the previous nurse missed by accident) But, now that writing emails and vindictiveness is what the NM wants from his staff, I guess I will give him that.

    I learned something last week. Trust NO. ONE. EVER.

    Please give me your thoughts!
    I'm to the point where, if I have let someone know before that XYZ is against policy, or pointed out that they did not follow protocol orders, etc., the second time I'm going to start writing incident reports on them. I'm actually pretty sure it's against policy to NOT write an incident report when policy hasn't been followed, for example, a patient has had someone ignore their potassium/mag for 2 days (actually, 3-4 nurses have been responsible for the pt, had protocol orders, and did nothing)...now I'm looking at a 1.1 mag level and spending the whole day supplementing and having the patient get lab sticks when if someone had followed protocol orders this wouldn't be an issue.
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    I am fortunate the unit I work on is nothing like that. If I find something I tell the nurse about it. Or if it's during report I tell them. It's usually a new grad. If they're not receptive and the issue is significant enough I will talk to my manager or do an incident report. But I do attempt to talk to the person first and have it taken from there.

    There used to be a nurse on my unit who would write up "everything". My manager knew that and took her write-ups with a grain of salt. I was once written up for putting restraints on a pt and neglecting to tell that nurse and there was no order. Except I didn't put restraints on the pt and it was the caregiver at the bedside who did it and it wasn't the first time on that admission. Had I known that I wouldn't have had the restraints at the bedside. I did however tell the nurse how the patient started acting beligerent near the end of my shift but was ok and didn't have to do anything further. Luckily this nurse is no longer there. Everyone hated giving report to her.

    I will admit I don't do incident reports as often as I should. I'm just not going to stay any later throughout my shift to do them. I'm usually ready to go home. I do less than one incident report per month.
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    I dont thin we're talking about patient safety- if someone is doing something wrong then yes that is an issue and should be addressed. We all can agree on that. I'm referring about what we do to each other. The backbiting, back stabbing, name calling resentments. That really doesn't need to happen. Why do we do it??? who can say?Jealousy,pride? Whatever. I try and stay away from all of that negativity. BUT when you smile in my face and call me everything BUT my name behind my back, and try and make it seem I'm not a good nurse? We have issues. Tha's why I come to work, do my job, and go home.The ONLY person I put my trust in is Jesus!
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    Tsk,,seems to be a serious problem... I could not also thrive in an environment like that, because aside from the stress you get from the work itself, you still have to deal with these people!
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    I'd rather talk with my coworker first and work things out. Most issues result from miscommunication and different values. There is nothing that I would say about someone behind their back that I haven't said to their face. I detest tattling just for the sake of causing trouble.
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    Do we work on the same floor? I work with 1 nurse who tattles EVERYTHING. Example? A person refused a stool softner and I chart that the med is refused, the reason and returned it in the pyxis. She found a stool softner laying in the station and somehow I'm staying over on the clock waiting until management gets to work for a hour long meeting! When said nurse saw the pill all she had to do was ask if it was mine. I could have said no and she could have moved on...instead of having me stuck in a meeting, struggling to stay awake to drive home, just to come back to work that night! However, if it is a safety issue, such as the wrong medication is found hanging, then of course that needs to be brought up to management.
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    I think this is common in the nursing profesion. Could it be because this is a female dominated profession and we are known for being catty and petty. I mean you never see doctors doing to each other, half of what we do. That is why I prefer night shift. We all work together and don't have time for the nonsense. Maybe because we are too tired to be stressed. I don't see the need to try to tell on someone unless they are not doing their work and leaving things to be dumped on you.
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