Is there always that one nurse.....? - page 4

by Queen2u

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Nurses, I want to know if it's just me? Am I going crazy or does anyone else notice this: Do you notice that there is ALWAYS that ONE NURSE that you can't give a good enough report to during change of ****? ALWAYS that one... Read More


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    Yes, I think we've all been there, along with the nurses who sigh, roll their eyes, cross their arms, and don't make eye contact - essentially showing that they don't care one wit about what you have to say.

    While I agree that nitpicking is a way for someone to exert power/control over another, I firmly believe it comes from anxiety. There are nurses out there who are total witches when getting report, and then when they leave for the day they're all happy and proud of the work they've done, and it shows. It's almost as if they're secretly terrified of what the day may hold, and once it's over without all hell breaking loose, they can breathe a sigh of relief. While this does not excuse the rude/ignorant behavior during report, I do feel a sense of empathy for these nurses - they lack adequate coping mechanisms, and are probably slipping swiftly towards burnout. My technique for dealing with them is to kill them with kindness, and make sure I have my **** together for report. If there is too much rudeness I will speak up and say something. Not easy, but so far it's actually improved my professional relationship with the individual, and we were able to move forward with a better understanding for one another.
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    These posts are hilarious. Working 7 years night shift in a LTC facility, there's alot of details I really don't need to know to get through the shift. Most of it pertains to being the middle man between PMs and AMs, honestly. But I listen to it and pass it along.

    I will get a report, forgetting to tell me that a resident is in the hospital, or that a resident is supposed to be NPO after midnight. Or that a resident has to go out to an appointment, and I need to order a room tray for him and that my CNA needs to get him up and dressed and be in the lobby at 0700. Stuff like that I need to know.

    I cannot stand the nurses who inject more of their personal opinions about the familes, or want to complain about the CNA who forgot to take down their trash from 1st shift, so they're leaving it for them to take out in the morning. Which would mean if they want to leave it for them, my shift would also have to neglect it...leaving the trash sitting there for 3 entire shifts?? Ummm, no. Or telling me about the patient who is being discharged to home next week. I will work again before next week so you don't need to tell me about it now. Uggghh.. When they start up with that, I just say give me report by exception.
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    Quote from bbuerke

    There are nurses out there who are total witches when getting report, and then when they leave for the day they're all happy and proud of the work they've done, and it shows. It's almost as if they're secretly terrified of what the day may hold, and once it's over without all hell breaking loose, they can breathe a sigh of relief.
    This is absolutely brilliant and spot-on!!
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    Quote from nursedirtybird
    she would never ever restock the cart or take out her garbage. so when i worked before her, niether did i. i also would not replace the prog note in the chart, haha.
    to the op, yes, there is always at least one everywhere you go. you can cope by acting like an adult and letting it roll off like water off a duck's back, or you can go the childish route like me and others here, which i find more fun.
    so you're just as bad?

    years ago, i worked with a nurse who had a propensity for giving laxatives, suppositories and enemas about five minutes before shift change, giving his report in as hurried a fashion as he could muster, and then exiting hastily calling over his shoulder "i can't miss my bus!" i tried talking to him about it. i asked the assistant manager to talk to him about it. even the patients talked to him about it. but he persisted.

    and then one morning, i saw an opportunity to get my revenge. the assignment sheet had him listed to follow me, the patient was ordered a boatload of laxatives. at five minutes before shift change, i gave the meds. and then was horrified when the nurse who showed up to take report was the assistant manager, someone for whom i had a great deal of respect. there was nothing for it but to stay and help her clean up the mess.

    better to act like an adult and a professional than to act as childish as the person who annoys you. because when she complains to the manager that you never restock or take out the trash, she'll be correct. and won't you look like a fool standing there and trying to say "she started it!"?



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    I make no excuses, my behavior was unprofessional. And yes, had your scenario popped up, I would have looked like an idiot. When the professional route wasn't effective, I should have just let it go. But I didn't. In all fairness, this was a long time ago, and I have since matured.


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