How in the freaking world are you a nurse??? - page 4

by Daisy_08

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I work with a nurse who is not a new grad, she had been nursing for 5+ years and is 40+years old. She is just plain incompetent. Doing narc count with her is like doing narc count with a monkey who is trying to be bad at it, I... Read More


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    I know this post went off on itís own, which is fine. But I wanted to add that this woman is crazy, but not the kind that would hold up in court. But quite frankly I donít give a flyín fig! I quit! hasta la vista, baby! I have a great job now that I love. I will not miss that place.
    Thank you and goodnight!
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    I dont think I'd want to work the same shift with her for sure! I work with a few sort of like her, but not to the degree that she is. We have a really old nurse who's always had others to basically do her work for her....so she's clueless and gives you report from several days ago if the report sheets are left where she can see them.
    Some others I work with are just plain mean. When I say mean....they are mean in and outside of work. Hateful, spiteful, obnoxious, and do a seriously sloppy job.
    yet......because they can pass boards......here they are....out and about all over the place working taking care of sick folks.
    I keep telling myself....."these idiots will get the same care they give in their careers. Hopefully worse.".....and I truly hope they get back what they give others.
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    Quote from Rob72
    Perhaps making NCLEX a 1, or not more than 2, time pass affair? Raising the entry GPA to a 3.4 or 3.8? I think that is a more credibly realistic measure of potential and performance than paying 3 times as much for a degree with the same scope of practice.
    I agree.
    Anyone can get the 2.5 GPA required to get into our program. I think that is ridiculous!
    Let's face it, prereq's are not that hard!!
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    Originally Posted by Rob72
    Perhaps making NCLEX a 1, or not more than 2, time pass affair? Raising the entry GPA to a 3.4 or 3.8? I think that is a more credibly realistic measure of potential and performance than paying 3 times as much for a degree with the same scope of practice.
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    I agree.
    Anyone can get the 2.5 GPA required to get into our program. I think that is ridiculous!
    Let's face it, prereq's are not that hard!!
    The prereqs are a lot like Federal taxes. Although it's the same class (and the same rate), they're really actually different depending on where you go to school (live).

    Some schools' prereqs are a cakewalk. In others, the teachers don't believe in giving A's at all. In some, 86% will get you a C, and in others you have to be in the "below 80" range. Just like taxes. there are places in the country where $60,000 is a lot of money, and others where you couldn't afford to live in the most inexpensive home, or even a studio apartment for that.

    And as to the NCLEX, although they put a lot of effort into it, I'm not sure it is an indicator of a safe nurse. So I'm not sure that I agree with the thesis that a person who fails it twice would not be a good nurse (or that someone who nails it in 75 would be).

    Regards,
    Mukfay
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    What in the devil? Sounds like a sociopath. I would not be able to tolerate her ignorance.
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    Quote from Daisy_08
    I work with a nurse who is not a new grad, she had been nursing for 5+ years and is 40+years old. She is just plain incompetent. Doing narc count with her is like doing narc count with a monkey who is trying to be bad at it, I mean come on second graders could do a better job. She does not get treatments done, is pathetically slow to respond, sometimes does not respond at all (a pt was found on the floor at shift change with a head injury and she wanted to finish report and count narcs while the pt was on the floor) I told this nurse her pt was asking for nitro and having chest pain-she didnít know what nitro spray was!!!! And said the pt was lying about the chest pain, she never did VS or any assessments. For two person changes she just stands there, I have to tell her what to do, once she even asked me what to do with a dirty pad! I noticed one pt had 4 med patches on one night and asked her if she takes one off before she put on another, she said its not her job (maybe she thinking of the little nurses fairy who comes around and does things like take of patches, gets water and warm blankets).She can be very nice, always greeting me nicely, but she can turn on a dime. If you question her on anything, or tell her she missed something she blows, yelling and screaming about how we are all equals and she knows how to do her job half the time I donít even know what she is talking about her words are English, but her sentences are incomprehensible. The next day its like nothing ever happened. I refuse to work with her now if I can help it, if they call me I always find out if she is one before I say yes.

    So, have you ever worked with anyone who you are shocked made it through middle school let alone nursing school???
    What shocks me is that, although you're a nurse, it hasn't occurred to you that there might be some pathology here. Does this lack of judgement and knowledge seem normal to you? Why is the first response (and apparently later responses too) anger and chagrin rather than concern?
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    Quote from Mukfay
    It's easy to criticize and complain about this dangerous situation. I recognize your need to vent about it. It's terrible and difficult, and it must be very frustrating for you. As nurses, it's important to recognize possible pathology in our coworkers. If it is pathology, it has to be addressed.

    As others have said, it might be a mental illness for which the nurse is not taking medication.

    But it also might be... an undiagnosed psych issue. In this case this person needs help and not anger. We're in this together, and we have to take care of one another.

    I see that you've tried to help this nurse by correcting mistakes. If it's a psych issue, this nurse may need more than just bringing mistakes to this person's attention. This person may be afraid or unaware of his/her own situation, and therefore defensive.

    It's a lot of responsibility that you never asked for, but it has to be addressed.

    Good luck with the situation, and try to hang in there. We'll be thinking about you.

    Regards,
    Mukfay
    WELL SAID!
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    Quote from Mukfay
    What shocks me is that, although you're a nurse, it hasn't occurred to you that there might be some pathology here. Does this lack of judgement and knowledge seem normal to you? Why is the first response (and apparently later responses too) anger and chagrin rather than concern?
    Our co-workers are NOT OUR PATIENTS! I have enough to do without having to worry that about my co-worker's issues. Sorry if it's harsh, I'm sorry if there IS an issue, but please, tell me why I must be the one to deal with it. This does not sound like the OP noticed a sudden change in condition, it sounds like a chronic failure to function as a nurse.
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    Unintelligible English? I wonder if she is having TIAs. I'm surprised her supervisors haven't required that she get a medical checkup. Maybe a little hint to the right person would be in order.
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