How to handle lazy LPN's on the team - page 8

by Nurse ABC 12,191 Views | 83 Comments

We do team nursing on our floor with an aide, LPN, and RN as the team leader for up to 10 patients. I'm new to this. We have a few LPN's who will ignore call lights and ask other people to take care of some of their work. A lot... Read More


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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Wow. You have waaaay too much time on your hands.
    My, my, my. Yes, but you see, I'm not robbing parking meters.

    I'm just kidding around. If your posts are any indication, you sound like an excellent nurse.
    redhead_NURSE98! likes this.
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    First, I am really glad that I do primary care these days.

    Second, in regards to the "my" debacle. Possession works both ways. When I was in "team" nursing, I was oftenreferred to as "my RN", "your RN", etc. Am i then "owned by someone.

    And as a note, when working team nursing, there is the phenomenon of "it all falls to the RN". When the RN has to eat/leave floor/etc, another RN covers meds that cannot wait and cares. However, if the CNA or LPN goes on lunch, there is rarely ever any attempt to have a fellow CNA or LPN cover that work - it all reverts to "their" RN, in most facilities in which I have worked.

    Things that seriously take the "team" out of team nursing.
    Wet Noodle and NursesRmofun like this.
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    Too much conversation on the word "MY". We have always been taught that "it is not what you say, but how you say it." Therefore, if someone is using the term "MY" to illustrate an association or pairing with other staff, why don't we leave it at that.

    Nursing can get petty, especially when we all get tired either physically, mentally, or emotionally. This forum is one of the best tools that anyone in the medical field can have - but if we can't be civil in here - it is no doubt why some may be having it difficult on the floor.

    Do your best to elevate the profession, but most importantly, to elevate each other as humans. There is no limit to what a kind word or expression can do for someone.
    bbuerke and proudauntie415 like this.
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    Good points, Caroladybelle.
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    I always kind of like the "My". Makes me feel like I'm part of the team. Our pm supervisor tells us "my nurses" all of the time and I still like it. I feel like she's got my back. I'll have to be a bit more careful.

    Right now, I have the opposite problem....the (boy that's hard) LPN wants to do my job as well. I wish she could just stick to hers as she has a ton to do now. I've been telling her to slow down and let me do my job or that pesky "working within your scope of practice" thing comes into play
    LPNnowRNhopefull and Wet Noodle like this.
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    "You don't, owwwwwwn meeeeeee.....
    I'm not just one of your many toyysssss.....
    You don't owwwwwwn meeeeeee, don't say I can't go with other boyyyyys

    "And don't tell me what to doooooo
    And don't tell me what to sayyyyyy
    And please, when I go out with youuuuuu
    Don't put me on displayyyyy......"
    chevyv and Wet Noodle like this.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    "You don't, owwwwwwn meeeeeee.....
    ...except for the 12 hours of your shift.

    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    "And don't tell me what to doooooo
    ...as long as what you do is within your scope of practice.

    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    And don't tell me what to sayyyyyy
    ...as long as what you say keeps up the Press Ganey scores.
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    Uh no if you read my post I said I was given an iv while standing because the person didnt want to be bothered with doing it the proper way. I still have pictures and it's still there if you want to see redhead_nurse. Smdh
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    Quote from mjaybx
    Uh no if you read my post I said I was given an iv while standing because the person didnt want to be bothered with doing it the proper way. I still have pictures and it's still there if you want to see redhead_nurse. Smdh
    I did read your post. "Nurses giving patients IV while standing up" does not specify whether the NURSE was standing, or is the PATIENT standing? I'm asking because I give patients IV's while I am standing up all the time (they would be lying in bed) and was curious if I was doing something wrong.

    ....not sure what the need was for all the smart mouthing.
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    Could you just talk directly to the nurse offending you? If someone has done something

    that offends you, maybe just bring it up to them. In a calm way, you can state your concerns.


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