Why do mean/crabby people become nurses?? - page 6

by R!XTER 8,829 Views | 54 Comments

I work in a large busy ED so I have many co-workers, many of whom I love and some who just make me feel like my head is going to explode. There are a handful who are downright nasty people, and it just makes me wonder why a... Read More


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    I'm confused- the above poster stated she is being disciplined for"mouthing off"to the nurses. I noted you identified yourself as a new LPN( 4 months experience as an LPN) and a CNA for 11 yrs before that. First of all- CNA, patient care technicians, medical assistants medication technicians are NOT nurses. So do not refer to them as such. That is my pet peeve.

    Who did you mouth off to? other LPN's who are supposed to be precepting/orienting you. RN's? ?. I want to alert you- The RN's are your boss and that is insubordination. That is something you can fired/terminated for. You also could be terminated for mouthing off to another LPN who is supposed to be orienting you and teaching you the nursing homes policies and proceedures.

    "Mouthing off" is not "taking up for yourself". It's just plain old mouthing off because you feel "I have this new LPN license and move over because I have arrived all you lucky people" JMHO- but just because you have a newly gotton LPN license after being a CNA for 11 years doesn't immediately or instantly give you the keys to the kingdom. You kind of have to earn that right. It's called being a team player, being cooperative and fitting into the group you are working with. No one owes you anything.

    No one owed us old nurse(RN's and LPN's) anything either in our younger day. We had to work at it and prove ourselves. You may not like those"mean/crabby "people in nursing but you do have to learn from them. You didn't graduate from LPN school with all the wisdom of the ages. One graduates from a nursing program with the bare essentials, the basics to get them to pass a NCLEX exam- that is only basic entry level, not master chef!!.That is something you will learn every day, for many years, if you are open to it and not pouting and complaining "all these people are mean/crabby people". Maybe they are mean and crabby at you because they cannot teach you anything- you may have a know it all attitude just out of the starting gate. Which will only keep you- a entry level LPN. If you want to earn you place amongst the ranks of other LPN's(licensed nurse) and be respected as an LPN, you have to first stop the "scrapping " You are not an CNA( unlicensed assisitive personel anymore)- stop acting like one.

    If it was RN's you mouthed off to- well , you may have cooked your own goose on that one. All the RN's in that facility are your bosses, your superiors. They are not your peers, buddies, chums or bff.

    I'm sorry to tell you, but, every new job you have, no matter if you have 4 months or 40 years, you are going to be the newbe learner when you arrive there and have to learn a whole new set of ways of doing things and thinking. stop mouthing off.
    Last edit by kcmylorn on Jun 15, '12
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    Quote from sapphire18
    Yes, yes, yes, and YES! Haha. I'm glad that I'm not the only one!!!
    I suspect trolling for that particular post, managed to spell compassionate correctly and use words like demean but can't construct a sentence?. The mistakes were a little bit "accidentally on purpose", and it was the first post from user. Hmmmm....... I hate poor spelling and grammar also, I was mortified the other day when I realised I made a mistake in one of my posts and I couldn't go back and fix it!. Intense dislike = loose instead of lose, makes my blood boil. A funny one to add though, my friend (who is hopeless at spelling and grammar) spelled Venus, as in the planet "venous". I told her it was very cool that she managed to medicalise a planet.
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    Quote from kcmylorn
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    "Mouthing off" is not "taking up for yourself". It's just plain old mouthing off because you feel "I have this new LPN license and move over because I have arrived all you lucky people" JMHO- but just because you have a newly gotton LPN license after being a CNA for 11 years doesn't immediately or instantly give you the keys to the kingdom.<br>
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    I have to snicker at this in particular as I've seen this behavior in persons who aren't even a nurse yet. I had a classmate that in the end had great difficulty passing the exit exam and nearly didn't graduate. Well this lovely belle managed to on her 2nd day of clinicals mouth off to a CNA with the words " I'm the NURSE your just a CNA." Yes as a student. Oh yeah and she was completely wrong in whatever point she was making. Can't remember the details only the reaction.
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    Quote from R!XTER
    No, she is not my manager and is not *making* me do anything however she is all about herself and honestly does not give a lick about the patients so long as it doesn't effect her or her license. Knowing her, she would never do the fingerstick, and then if something happened to the patient, she would say "well the finger stick was the responsibility of the previous nurse, not my fault!" Technically, yes we do finger sticks at 7a ( I work 8-8) but she has no concept of nursing being 24/7. We pick up where the previous nurse left off. I do that for all my coworkers with the understanding that most of them make a good faith effort and it is not always possible to finish all orders by 7:59...
    I you work 8-8, you report off to her at 7? Or at 8? In any event, you need to do and treat the finger stick if you are the primary nurse at 7am. If you are not, then document accordingly--you can't assume this RN is "never going to do the FBS"-- And it doesn't matter what she says, it is what you document. I get that it gets crazed first thing in the morning. However, like your meds, if it is to be done at 7, you need to do it at 7. Do as many orders as possible, but this is where the 24/7 comes in. Priority orders are those I would think that are due between 7 and 8 am. This is all depending, of course, if you report at 7 or at 8. Once you report off to the next nurse, she needs to organize her own day. And this is two entirely different things--you are responsible for timely interventions (FBS) while the patient is under your care. You are responsible for orders taken off in a timely fashion on your time (and there are "rules" about this in most facilities that is within a certain time frame), if it is an admission, or something that needs finishing up, then do as much as you can, prioritize, as it is a little overwhelming to have it be 7:59, and labs were due to be drawn at 0700......
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    This sounds so much like a co-worker of mine that I gave report to this morning (3 hours ago) my head still hurts!!


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