Things you wish you could say to your co-workers... - page 8

Ugh! Feeling a little frustrated today with some other newbie nurses (I am one myself). As part of orientation, we have several tasks that we have to complete and classes to attend. I find them... Read More

  1. by   EarthChild1130
    1. I wish you'd wait until AFTER the med pass to call your boyfriend...talking to him on the phone in the med room while trying to get stuff out of the Pyxis is not only dangerous, it's HOLDING ME UP!!

    2. If the IV bag only has about 30cc of fluid in it, CHANGE it! Don't leave it for me to do after report...odds are the bag's empty now, and the IV is occluded because *somebody* kept pushing the 'hold' button to keep the pump from ringing!:trout:

    3. This is for your safety AND mine...If that patient was restrained and given a load of Haldol in the ER and is asleep just now, it might be safer to let him sleep than release him AND wake him up...we may want to see how he feels once he wakes up, don't ya think?? He's a LOT bigger than you or me and I don't feel like doing a takedown just now.

    4. Okay...I get it...I'm from Alabama, and I live here in Oregon now...I have a funny accent...that's cool...but please don't ask me to quote 'Forrest Gump' any more...it's really not THAT funny.

    One thing to add to report: I always like to know the ambulatory status of my patients...just a quirk...like to know how well they move!
  2. by   mstigerlily
    To the OP:

    Our hospital has an excellent new grad program, for 12 weeks we had class once a week from 8-5. We had a different system to study each week and while our quizzes weren't graded, we were expected to pay attention to the films, guest speakers and participate in activities. For this we were paid our regular new grad hourly rate PLUS they fed us a nice catered breakfast and hot lunch for free. So say if new grads are making $30/hr, one 8 hr day once a week for 12 weeks means you earn yourself $2880 before taxes and get 24 free meals. Plus along the way you got to learn things, ask questions and meet the mentors, managers and ancillary staff who work in each department.

    I didn't see the behavior you witnessed, all my classmates were very professional and attentive, however I did hear some groans, see the occasional eye rolls and nearly everyone said they were glad those classes were over. However, I was so grateful for this opportunity and "class day" was my favorite day of the week and I was a little sad when it was over. Getting paid to learn things plus free food sounds good to me.


    Quote from asoldierswife05
    Ugh! Feeling a little frustrated today with some other newbie nurses (I am one myself). As part of orientation, we have several tasks that we have to complete and classes to attend. I find them very beneficial. However, it seems there are one or two immature individuals that insist on complaining, degrading, disregarding, and disrespecting every lecture, inservice and instructor/guest speaker that we have. It was easy to ignore at first, but now it seems it is spreading to other previously satisfied new grads who want to be part of this little group. Sometimes, I wish I could just speak my mind, but it would not be very professional...

    - Yes, it is important that I know how to read EKGs forwards, backwards, and sideways in case my pt has a rhythm change and I need to intervene. :trout:

    - Yes, I do need to know how to interpret ABGs even though we always have a respiratory therapist, because there are other assessment findings that I must take into consideration when providing treatment.

    - Yes, I do want to learn how to read a 12 lead even though the diagnosis is generated at the top of the page...it is not always accurate.

    - No, I don't want to have to move closer to hear the instructor/speaker because you want to gossip about how much you drank this weekend, your friend from highschool that got arrested, or which doctor you think is hot. I happen to think hemodynamics is an important aspect of critical care.

    - No...I don't chart before I do something, I do follow the 'stupid' protocols, and I do take notes during these classes and read up on the newest recommendations outside of work. That's because I value my license.

    - No...I don't know how you made it through nursing school either. :trout:


    I guess I am just having a bad day. But being around this group for a few days reminds me of highschool too much. It's like watching an episode of the hills on MTV. :trout: It appalls me that some people lack such maturity and professionalism, yet choose an advanced area of practice. And then claim, they are going to apply for CRNA school after a year. Good luck with that when you don't even know the oral care protocol or why it's done.:spin:
  3. by   burn out
    Please Take The Job At Walmart, I'll Even Give You A Good Reference Anything To Get You To Shut Up And Quit Complaining.
  4. by   LeahJet
    When I am in Triage and taking a patient to one of your rooms.... do not yell across the ER asking me what is wrong with the patient so you can yell back a reason why the patient needs to go to another room. A room that is not yours. It is obvious that you are being lazy and trying to get out of getting a patient.
    Everyone notices when you come up missing about 3 minutes after an ambulance call with a 4 min ETA. (going to your room)
  5. by   jamminworld
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Ok, this isn't the same, but to answer the question titling this thread....I wish I could say "is this report you're giving me on this patient what I'm really going to find? Or is this the report YOU got and you haven't actually seen this patient in the last five hours?" All too often I'm told a set of facts that aren't anything like what I find in the room ten minutes after report.

    I love going into a room expecting to see a R TKR and finding it's the left. And that instead of being elevated, there isn't a pillow to be found for it. How was it elevated all day? That the "keep ice on the wound" order for a fresh post op, emphatically given in report, yields a patient who has an ice bag so old that it's HOT WATER from his body heat. I got a patient at midnight who had very literally a bag of hot water on his abdominal wound; when I asked him about it he said it was the bag he got THAT MORNING in PACU.

    I would love to tell my co-workers to stop copying the previous nurse's charting notes on the care plans, and write their own observations. Don't know how many times I've seen a pt noted to have an IV all day, and it was d/c'd the day before. Or noted to have a "clean, dry, intact" dressing and the thing is bloodstained--and has been for a long time. Dear co-worker...did you LOOK?
    I have to agree with you 100% I couldnt have said it better myself. Although I am guilty of saying left when I mean right but I am one of those people that are pointing to the exact area so when questioned I can correct myself.

    I also wish I could say to my coworkers that nursing is a 24 hours job not just 12 hours. I do my very best to complete everything but there are times I just cant get to something. I try to change IV's if they will expire the following day, I try to change dsgs even if they are daily to make it easier for day shift, I attempt to fix any problems that I see but give me a break if I cant. I had a nurse yell at me just today because an IV was due to be changed TODAY. I know she was just frustrated because the floor we work on has not been staffing enough nurses and the pt loads are really too heavy but it still bothered me.
  6. by   time4meRN
    Most of what you said here would be concidered professional. Don't know if I'm just one of those "old nurses" many talk about. But, I would have no problem saying most of those things to some one. There's nothing wrong with knowing skills to improve your care. That's the kind of attitude that will make you more likley to move on . The other nurse will just work one floor after another, never finding peace. Look at it like this , it's the other person who truley had a bad day and will carry that bad day with them until they change their attitude. You on the other hand can move on with pride. GOOD JOB, from a nurse with 30 years critical care , ER, management etc...
  7. by   crissrn27
    1. Why, exactly, did you give me 3 new babies that need q4 hour assessments, baths, lots of education for mom, and oh, all 3 are breastfeeding, and gave yourself 2, 36 hour old babies and look at that they are bottle babies.
    2. Yes, I can take care of 3 babies with ease, but have you ever heard of "fair"?
    3. No, I will not go to the next delivery, I went to the other 2 we had tonight and I don't really care if you feel like you don't need to go to another one, cause you went to "your delivery" last night.
    4. Please come back from lunch on time when we have 12 kids to feed.
    5.Please don't get "stuck in a room, teaching" when we have a mom-to-be that is 10cm/pushing when you know it is your turn to go to delivery.
    6. Please be on time, dressed in scrubs, and SHUT UP while I am giving report, I want to get out of here just like you did yesterday when I got here, and I didn't make you wait while I talked to my co-workers about my lastest problems, talked to my boyfriend on the phone, or got "stuck in traffic" for the third time this week.


    whewwww, I feel better now..........thanks, great thread!
  8. by   NickiLaughs
    Not everyone at work is "out to get you" No one likes you because you are incompetent, and when you are at work, you're finding a way to avoid doing any work.
    No one likes you also, because whenever we try to address these issues with you, you run and cry to the director, and make the people who have been here years look bad when you're the newbie and have the only reason you still have a job is because you and the new director are friends!
  9. by   banditrn
    Just because it's nite shift, and it's LTC, could you PLEASE talk a little softer, and STOP using so much profanity!! Like, every other word?!! You'd make a longshoreman blush!

    And for my day replacements - I realize you have a life, and I don't - but could you just try getting to work on time for a change? And when you ARE late, please stop acting like I'm inconveniencing you when I insist on giving a full report and counting narcs?
  10. by   CseMgr1
    Stop biting my head off every time I ask a question,

    Don't write a derogatory remark on my Performance Evaluation that is a bald-faced LIE, AND:

    Don't accuse me of not reading something, when you won't even read my Work Journals, OK? :angryfire
  11. by   jill48
    How about: I know this is LTC and there is not much going on on night shift, but I don't get to nap, so neither do you. :angryfire
  12. by   mim-o
    1. Do NOT expect to stand in my face "talking" down to me about my faults from the shift before EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU work behind me because "this is not my old hospital" NO KIDDING CAUSE YOU WOULDN'T SURVIVE ONE SHIFT THERE!!!!

    2. When I finally have had enough CRAP and let you know about it-don't go running to the director and have me called in to the office like I was in highschool!!

    3. Do not assume anything about me-you don't know me, and furthermore I don't want to know anything from you but report.

    4.Just because I come from a much larger facility don't go out of your way to show EVERYONE how "dumb" I am even though i worked there before I lost my mind and come to your lovely work place.

    5.MOST IMPORTANTLY----GET AWAY FROM ME AND GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...........

    (NOT THAT I HAVE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT I'D LIKE TO SAY )
  13. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from meownsmile
    I can relate. But you know whats sad is these people will have a very unhappy life no matter where they go or what they do. I think as a service to others we need to do what we can to prevent their attitudes from spilling over to others. If that means pointing out the problem then so be it.
    Actually, they'll probably become her boss. :uhoh21: Just kidding. Sort of.

    Somehow, jerks seem to rise to the top. They sleep around, they bully everyone, etc. They seem to always smell like roses.

    To the OP: you either have to find a tactful way to address them or, better, just move far enough that you can't hear them. Or you could anonymously let the teacher know that you can't hear and that the teacher needs to take back control of the classroom.

    To the poster who says the water bag was hot and the dressing was
    bloody - I hope you notify the boss. Or gently let your coworker know that you found the pt in a condition different than she told you you would.

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