How to handle lazy LPN's on the team - page 5

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... Read More

  1. Visit  heynurse1971 profile page
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    To stephanieshae27...Ha! Classic case of RNitis. Bet my license on it that you have never been a CNA, nor an LVN. 'Chip on their shoulder'?? Really? Inferiority complex? Why in the world would you assume that? And, of course we are nurses, too! Why would we not be?
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  2. Visit  mjaybx profile page
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    I have to disagree with the LPNs being lazy and having more credentials meaning your better statement. I know a lot of RNs who are rotten and lazy and could give 2 craps about the patient, I live in NYC and in the city hospital you see it all the time. Nurses giving patients IV while standing up ( Been done and have a nasty bruise from it) and a whole bunch of incompetent care so it doesn't matter what credentials you have. Also doing clinicals as an LPN student I asked an LPN if she could help me with dentures since I was new and didn't know how to place them , she looked at me and said "I DONT DO DENTURES" and walked away. So Lazy is Lazy and rotten is rotten no matter what title you have. Some people do nursing just to have a paycheck and have no feelings for the job and then you have people in the field who care for the patients. You have to look an at individual person not their title to assess if they are a good worker or not.
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  3. Visit  LPNnowRNhopefull profile page
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    @stephanieshae27 -- I'm a little surprised and taken a back by the tone you have chosen to use in your entries. I can agree that some sub-par LPNs may have contributed to tarnishing our image as LPNs, however, my instinct and personal observations are that the good outnumber the bad.

    I'm also a little mystified that you could harbor such distain for the nursing field being that you still in school - so you technically haven't assumed one of the positions for which you are critiquing. I hope for your sake - and the people who you will eventually co-work with - that you will adopt a less cynical outlook on the profession and look for ways to motivate people to do better.

    I wish you the best in school - just bring the positivity!
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  4. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I have to admit that I don't really get this. Yes, I refer to the CNAs I work with as "my" CNAs. I also say "my" boss, "my" patient, etc. Doesn't everybody say "my" when referring to other people they're connected to? I'm sure you say "my boss" all the time. The CNAs sometimes say I'm "their" nurse. None of this means literal possession. Maybe you're too sensitive?......
    I see where you are coming from. I'm not too sensitive. It was what they said but how they said it. The OP came across as demeaning LPNS, especially using the word " my". This is just my opinion and my feelings toward the word, you have your opinion as well and I respect that.
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  5. Visit  mc3 profile page
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    [QUOTE=Fiona59;6951483]I'm an LPN and quite honestly I'm not "yours". It drives me and the rest of the staff crazy when we are spoken of like this.

    Thank you!!!! I hate it when nurses say that! Same thing with aides - they don't "belong" to me! Geesh!
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  6. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
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    I really think the title of this thread should have been "how to handle lazy people on the team"

    Its been my experience that laziness can come from any member of the healthcare team whether CNA, LPN, RN, RT, PT, OT, MD, DON, clerk, you name it.

    On my last unit I tried my best to get everyone to work as a team. But the culture of the unit was not about to change, it was everyone for themselves regardless of how miserable everyone was. I stuck it out for a year then left.

    I'm in a supervisory position now and I am part of the team as well as the leader. I smile, I respect my co-workers and I help them when they ask. In return they smile, respect me and are more than happy to help me. We all like going to work and helping each other and our clients.
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  7. Visit  navyguyhm3 profile page
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    Sounds like she has a "superiority complex" with a "chip on her shoulder" and she's not even a nurse...God help the patients. I'm "just an LVN" and my self esteem is quite high. I love what I do and I will respectfully put an RN in his/her place. A degree doesn't mean jack except that you went to school longer, it doesn't mean you're smarter, more caring, have more common sense or respect...you stephanieshae just proves this point. The "im gonna get the best and worst of both worlds"...what a stupid statement, that isn't just about you, it goes for everybody, from LVNs that have to deal with RNs (or soon to be) who spew stupidity, to all involved in healthcare..and once she realizes there are more people in this world and not just her, maybe she'll fall off her imaginary pedestal and oh boy..with her nonsense..it's going to be a long fall..so..I'll make that bed..but it won't be for me..it'll be for her.
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  8. Visit  navyguyhm3 profile page
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    You have gotten wonderful advice. The only thing I want to add is to remember that RNS don't own LPNS or anyone else of that matter. Doctors don't go around saying "my RN".

    When I hear people use the term "my" when referring to others I get offended. I'm a RN that have been a CNA and LPN. That term used to get under my skin.
    I'm guilty...but I use that term in a respectful and caring manner, specially for the ones who are hard workers and put forth the effort, and it makes me somewhat proud to call them as such as we are a great team. They call me their nurse and we all get along.
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  9. Visit  mizfradd profile page
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    Still at bbuerke's coworker!!!
  10. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from mjaybx
    Nurses giving patients IV while standing up
    Sorry? I don't get this. Are you saying starting IV's while standing causes bruises?
  11. Visit  threebrats46 profile page
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    LPN's are not lazy! Maybe that particular one is. I have worked with LPNs who have done much more then I can say
    for some RNs.
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  12. Visit  Wet Noodle profile page
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    You have gotten wonderful advice. The only thing I want to add is to remember that RNS don't own LPNS or anyone else of that matter. Doctors don't go around saying "my RN".

    When I hear people use the term "my" when referring to others I get offended. I'm a RN that have been a CNA and LPN. That term used to get under my skin.
    How then should I refer to my boss and my girlfriend? "The boss" sounds like an affectation, and "the ball and chain" sounds just plain wrong.

    Quote from threebrats46
    LPN's are not lazy! Maybe that particular one is. I have worked with LPNs who have done much more then I can say for some RNs.
    Threebrats46, there are sixty posts between the first and yours that you might want to peruse.

    Suppose this particular one is lazy. What would you do if you were in the OP's clogs?
  13. Visit  Wet Noodle profile page
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Congrats.

    Now my advice to you is: Don't refer to LPNs as if RNs own them. LPNs are not "yours" neither are CNAs. LPNs have their own license and accountability.

    From a LPN to RN.
    Okay.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Honey, when you graduate you still may have a LPN that is your boss....
    My boss?

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Just like yesterday I requested fa bolus for my patient...
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    I love talking about work with my nursing buddies whether it was a good day or bad day. My peers often tell me what I could have done better or they validate my actions.
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Check with your company or the hospital to see....
    If it were her company....

    Quote from buytheshoes11
    My mom is a nurse.
    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    My mother is a nurse.
    Quote from xoemmylouox
    ...my father...
    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    ...your MIL...your MIL...
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    [FONT=comic sans ms]yesterday, my patient had his iabp d/c'd....
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Another girl I worked with, worked so close to work that her 4 year old grandson....
    Oops. And was the girl an adult?

    Quote from Esme12
    I use a name form twilight but that doesn't mean I am a vampire.
    I just thought I'd throw that in there.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Darn it, ! I have to say goodnight guys, my honey is patiently waiting ....
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    This was my first assessment so ofcourse my CI was watching me like a hawk.
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    I like when my pt. ....
    Oops.

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    ...my nursing friends.
    Umm....

    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    My hospital does not do this but this is an awesome idea.
    I can't think of a surer road to job satisfaction than buying your own hospital.

    "The hospital at which I work" is rather verbose. English is a funny language. Let's ease up on one another.


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