Opinion, WWYD? - page 2

by beeker 1,740 Views | 19 Comments

I am a fairly new nurse, but can't help but want to speak up when I see something unfair. I am rather annoyed with something that goes on regularly on my floor. We have one nurse, lets call her Nurse K. She has worked on the... Read More


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    Quote from MunoRN
    Actually up until you said this I would have assumed this was a union facility, in my experience one the downsides to unions is they protect Nurses like this at the expense of everyone else (including patients).
    Did I miss your advice, or did you somehow wish to my question into your own union/nonunion debate? There is a forum for that if you feel the need.
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    It is just going to be really hard to keep quiet knowing the ridiculousness of it. I think for now, when working with this other person, I will continue to refuse an admit until they have a fair patient load. If I am called to the office, which seems unlikely from what I have seen on my floor, I will explain my stance. I simply do not think I can ignore it. Floating terrifies me still, no way am I going if this nurse doesn't have to. I think my manager has a " as long as it doesn't bother me" policy, she ignores all the problems. That is what I have seen so far. It is hard to be taken advantage of and watch others be taken advantage of. I can't help but wonder who Nurse K must be related to in order to get away with this garbage.

    I like the idea of occurrence reports. Of course with 7 patients Ill have no time for those, but some things we make time for.
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    "The world is not fair" was drilled into me as a child.
    Guess what? It's not. When you get old enough, and have seen all kinds of inequalities, you simply float with the current. Sure you can fight the good fight, but you'll probably lose. Consider all the energy and stress involved with that fight. In my younger years I would have fought. I'm alot smarter now.
    You're right. If every other nurse on the floor, stood up and refused to float you might have a chance. That's not going to happen in a million years.
    My advice to a job situation that is bugging you is to 1) Accept it 2) Quit 3) Transfer.
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    I don't understand how your manager can ignore this. Why would your manager want to employ someone who isn't a team player and increases the workload of others. Has anyone actually went to the manager and complained in person? I think every person (and the charge nurses) need to start going in her office and give her the facts everytime this Nurse K does this. Then she can not ignore it.
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    Quote from beeker
    Did I miss your advice, or did you somehow wish to my question into your own union/nonunion debate? There is a forum for that if you feel the need.
    As long as people follow the terms of service and are not rude or harrassing, they are free to express their points of view. I didn't perceive that this poster was trying to start another debate. I did think you were a little rude, however.
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    I think I would have to say something and put my own little "patient safety" spin on it. It is a patient safety issue because you can't provide as good of care with 7 as you could with 5 and I would put that kind of a spin on it to make sure I didn't look like I was just tattling (not that this isn't something that deserves being tattled on, but I'm sure you get my drift). With 7 patients you can easily make mistakes if you are running back and forth like a chicken with your head cut off and some of those possible mistakes could jeopardize your license......just a few ideas if you want to throw it at your boss.
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    Quote from MunoRN
    Actually up until you said this I would have assumed this was a union facility, in my experience one the downsides to unions is they protect Nurses like this at the expense of everyone else (including patients).
    *** I work at a union hospital and this nurses behavior would never be tolerated. Though union stupid, lazy or incomptetent nurses are not tolerated.
    To the OP, your nurse manager is a loser and useless and should lose his/her job too.
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    sweet gig she has there. . .I think I'll start refusing admissions and see what happens! lol (next week you'll see my post titled "I was FIRED - not fair! What do I do NOW!?!?")
    ALavallee likes this.
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    happens where i am- it;s because the squeaky wheel gets the oil.Same way that the loudest and most obnoxious patients get what they want.
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    I'm a male, and I've worked in mostly-male environments for my entire career (non-nursing), and I can't picture an environment where that would be tolerated. Is there a gender issue here?

    From the hospital's perspective, the nurse in question is half as productive as the other nurses, yet gets paid a full salary, and is a drag on unit morale as well. How is that acceptable to upper management?


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