Issues @ work with coworker - page 5

Hi! I'm currently working a case f/t. We have a new nurse that I oriented that is new to private duty. I spent a few days with her teaching her about trachs, feeding tubes, and all the basics about... Read More

  1. by   Nursula_rn
    Keep your nose out of it. No no no no. If we are professionals, with a duty to ourselves and our clients, we would not adopt a head in the sand approach. A coworker with potential substance abuse issues and boundary issues needs to be checked. These rules were not in place by the BON to only apply if the employer stumbled across the information. We are not being snitches by reporting it (we are not snitching, we are being accountable). To suggest a shut up and mind your own bees wax policy is detrimental to nursing and this woman's sense of fair play. No boundaries and substance issues? Bad combination. Best to anonymously pass along info to correct BON and hope for the best. And yes- even the employer, if only at the national level, outside of the local chapter. Put a little more objectivity on this situation. Certainly this company at least pays lip service to the idea of accountability and professionalism in nursing. Clip this policy to the information/factual account and send it along to the national nursing adivisor or whoever.
  2. by   79Tango
    She couldve done any # of things to hide or cover up her background.. You can tell if its the same person by comparing the birthday on public record & seeing if its relatively close to your "friends" age.
  3. by   nola1202
    Quote from bugsy2902
    To those nurses out there working home care or private duty is this jockying for position with the patients and family a common problem among coworkers?

    The other day I had a patient that let me know she wanted a different nurse who wasn't on that night because she had given her a long neck and back rub. I didn't feel very wanted, and I'm just not a touchy-feely kind of person to give out back rubs, not to mention I was much too busy anyway. Funny patient was complaining she had no one to help her at home, but admitted she was estranged from her family for being unkind back when she was healthy and independent.

    We did eventually hit it off and she was talking my ear off and making me laugh in the end. She did have quite a sense of humor after all!

    Sometimes you feel like work is a popularity contest with the patients, but I know my fellow coworker didn't set out to do this. She is just a new overachieving RN, but it sure does take the wind out of your sails when a patient lets you know they prefer someone else!
    Careful! This patient is manipulative. She will be saying something to the other nurse to see if she will try to win her favor by "doing what the other nurse" does for her. It's helpful to smile blandly and say "well isn't that nice of her." "or I'll make sure to tell her you complimented her when I see her next."
    I find it amazing how many people and patients are experts at splitting and stirring the pot.
  4. by   nola1202
    Quote from diva rn
    Actually, if the drug charges were 10 years ago, she could have been in a program and completed it, it's usually around that may be irrelavent now, but still, the DUI is a big thing. She certainly should not be taking care of little kids in their homes without supervision...(she needs the supervision)...
    It's not a DUI, it's a DWI which means a lower level of alcohol in the blood (driving while impaired, vs. driving under the influence. It's a lesser offense. I can't imagine the BON would ignore a DWI. Common opinion among drug/alcohol rehab people is that by the time you are driving impaired, you've been drinking a long time and have a problem with alcohol. I am an idiot so I would tell the Nurse she could self report, which is looked on more favorably by the Board, or you will tell them. Give her overnight to think about it. I do know all the Boards say trying to hide something from them will be met with the worst consequences. If you can't be honest about that, what are you doing at work?
  5. by   SDALPN
    I did choose to say something to my supervisors after getting a nasty note from this nurse. The nurse accused me of not training her on something....funny thing that it took weeks for her to mention it when its done every shift. Another funny thing, she signed off saying I trained her on it! Either way, I'm now the bad guy and they want to talk to me. How do people like this get away with so much? I go in and almost never call out and give 100% effort. If I find a way to go above and beyond, I will. I'm not perfect, but I sure don't have a drink and get behind the wheel or do other illegal activities. But yet I'm the bad guy?
  6. by   diva rn
    According to my research the DWI is the more important offense...however, the state I live in doesn't really differentiate...they are equally serious and referred to as DUIs....and by the way are NOT the bad guy here...she is grasping at straws. I can't believe how brazen this chick is!