Is your colleague a mind reader? Or just plain lazy - page 2

Everybody around me at work reacts to situations by becoming angry, retaliatory, vindictive and mean. Nobody I work with and I mean nobody I work with looks at the whole picture with their work... Read More

  1. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    I love the nurses who complete all their work on four easy walkie talkies while laughing/comaining at the nurses who cant handle their own assignment of 4bed ridden complete care trachs and pegs and q30 orders if some sort. yes this has happened often
    Ir15hd4nc3r_RN and sistasoul like this.
  2. Visit  nurseladybug12 profile page
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    I think it is really sad that many medical professionals do not believe in teamwork and have a "fend for yourself" attitude. I wonder how you treat your patients!
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  3. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    I have been working for about 18 months, and I have never gone running to mommy about colleagues or anything for that matter. Your employees need to grow the **** up.

    Also, I've never been a nurse manager, so take this with a grain of salt or contemplate it. Your choice. If this happens often, maybe some root-cause analysis about the culture of the unit needs to be done. Because you are the leader, some changes can start with how you handle the complainers and what you do with the results of your root-cause analysis.
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  4. Visit  nurse4sale profile page
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    Quote from nurseladybug12
    I think it is really sad that many medical professionals do not believe in teamwork and have a "fend for yourself" attitude. I wonder how you treat your patients!
    It is a shame, nurseladybug12, but it's not like that in every profession. Take the doctors for instance. Not only do they have each others backs, you never hear them talk bad about one another like the nurses do. Some nurses just never grew-up past grade school.
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  5. Visit  madwife2002 profile page
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    Quote from dudette10
    I have been working for about 18 months, and I have never gone running to mommy about colleagues or anything for that matter. Your employees need to grow the **** up.

    Also, I've never been a nurse manager, so take this with a grain of salt or contemplate it. Your choice. If this happens often, maybe some root-cause analysis about the culture of the unit needs to be done. Because you are the leader, some changes can start with how you handle the complainers and what you do with the results of your root-cause analysis.
    What you say is very true, except where I work it has been a slow process of 2 steps forward 1 step back.
    In the past couple of years we have made great strides if I look back at the whole picture. We are just not where we need to be yet.
    If I could just focus on the culture it would be great, but there is a much larger picture outside the man management aspect.
    I encourage each member of staff to look at themselves and decide what they can do to make a change because you can only change your own behaviors.
  6. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    If you are getting daily complaints on nurses by nurses, then this is an issue that needs to be addressed in a staff meeting with all present. And as a manager whos job, in part, is to foster a better team--bring it to them. Include the CNA's in this as well, and the clerks. "what can you do, what will you do, I expect that you do" What ideas do they have? Are the assignments evenly divided? Would it be feasible to have partners--2 nurses who help each other, spot for breaks, lunch breaks that type of thing? Have you worked your floor? If you have not, then this is another way to look at how the floor runs itself, and a better understanding of where things go awry. Include CNA's in group report. Everyone has a game plan. You could round and be present and sure that all are doing what they need to for patient safety and care. If you have a charge nurse (especially one who doesn't take an assignment) what can that person do to help if your partners are both busy with a patient? Once everyone is on the same page of the needs of the floor, and it can vary day to day, patient to patient, perhaps it is then easier to say "what can I do for you right now, I have a few minutes". When everything becomes a critical emergency all at once, then is when stress becomes overwhelming. Your charge nurses need to be pro-active. With all due respect, you need to be pro-active. Make assignments according to strengths, partnerships that compliment each other, and if you are an IV expert, rapid response proficient, or have a keen eye on subtle changes in condition, be part of your team. Often people will bring things to managers that they don't feel the managers are well informed on. Be present, be absolutely clear on chain of command, what to do if you are in the weeds, and who your go to people are. If the employees are empowered to problem solve independently, then they most often are more willing to do so.
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  7. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    Sometimes peopel assume that you know what their thinking , which is not the case all the time. Hopefully we can make them understand that they need to speak up to be heard.
  8. Visit  SCSTxRN profile page
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    When I worked acute care, I noticed that there were three groups of people who were consistently behind:
    - Newbies
    - Smokers
    - Gossipers

    Everyone gets slammed from time to time, but these three categories were ALWAYS behind. My response varied according to what I saw and what I was asked to do.

    I'd always get a pump, whether to replenish IV solution, flush a line, or disconnect. I'd always answer a call light, unless I was in the middle of my own patient care. With the newbies, I'd help them do pretty much anything they asked. With the other two groups, I had to be completely not busy to add to my load. I had coworkers spending 2 out of 12 hours on smoke breaks, and there were days I didn't get a lunch... team work does not flourish in such an environment.
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  9. Visit  chicagonurse89 profile page
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    I think everyone should just have good communication skills, initiative and common sense! good communication skills to convey to others that you already need help, and not just assume that they can read your mind; initiative and common sense to offer help even if you're not asked to.. Especially if you already saw that your co-worker is already struggling


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