Okay, I HAVE to get this off my chest as I'm not ever going to say this to someone at work: I do not like one of my shift supervisors! We (my co-pm shift nurse and I) have a weekend supervisor and a weekday supervisor. Our weekend supervisor is super cool, laid back, friendly, and easygoing. Our weekday supervisor is uptight, rigid, disciplinary, and critical. Weekend boss is a woman, weekday boss is a man. I see weekday boss being super chummy with the other male nurse on my shift, but when it's me and my female co-nurse, weekday boss is not as involved in our station. Weekend boss seems to spend an equal amount of time on all 4 stations regardless of who is working that evening.
I understand people have different personalities and whatnot and I really don't mind rigid, strict, exactly by the book style of management - rules are there for a reason with pt. well-being & safety being #1. But there's something about the weekday supervisor that just rubs me the wrong way! He seems to subtly condescend to me and it feels like sometimes he's trying to establish his "role" as my boss. I like my co-workers and even though I'm new, I already have a sense of belonging. And I really like my patients and try to be a really good nurse to them. And today I was there doing my thing, happily going along when I got reprimanded for something relatively minor.
Here's the minor thing: I was doing my 5pm med pass. I got 2 bottles of meds out and set them on top of the med cart. I needed a 3rd med and for some reason our new pharmacy doesn't send a bottle of this med, it comes in individual little containers which are kept in our locked med room. I left my med cart with the 2 bottles on top to retrieve a container from the med room. And YES I know that's a no-no. But the hallway was clear of any patients and my cart was maybe 10 feet from the med room. I went and came back in a matter of seconds. And wouldn't you know it, weekday boss magically appeared out of nowhere and saw my "no-no". He reminded me that this is not state compliant and I replied, I know, I just needed a med from the med room really quick. He said "don't let it happen again" in some strange authoritative tone while crowding my med card so I couldn't resume my med pass. Maybe I was upset that I got "busted", maybe I just really don't like him and couldn't stand to be reprimanded by him.
He does stuff like tell me something while walking by me (his voice is naturally quiet) and when I ask him to repeat what he said (politely of course), he looks at me like "how dare I ask him to repeat himself". He always insists that I carry a portable phone on my cart and pages me incessantly to let me know there's a phone call for my station. And the reason why I can't get to the phone is because I'm doing patient care (I'm not going to interrupt giving meds via g-tube to answer a phone call that isn't urgent). I've seen him cut corners and "sweep things under the rug", but when he catches me (or my other female co-nurse), we get lectured and scolded and told the correct and proper way to do whatever we didn't do correctly. And one other thing that really gets under my skin: we have a patient that is strictly Spanish speaking. There isn't always someone available to interpret what the Spanish speaker is trying to tell us. I speak minimal conversational Spanish and I try very hard to communicate the best I can with her. When I see that she is really trying to communicate something important, I try to get either my female co-nurse (who is bilingual) if she's on that night or another staff member that is bilingual. I did this once while weekday boss was sitting at our station. Spanish pt. was upset about something and trying to tell me about it. I asked for assistance from someone who speaks Spanish and was able to get down to the bottom of the situation and resolve it. Weekday boss said I should have checked her blood sugar to see if that what was causing her to be upset. (yes she's diabetic). Wow. She was actually upset for a legitimate concern over something that wasn't related to her health. I just thought that was so insensitive of him. What was so wrong about asking for an interpreter so I could figure out how to help MY patient?!
Overall, this weekday boss seems to care more about if the paperwork is all filled out completely and correctly, dotted the i's and crossed the t's, and followed every step to the letter. He doesn't seem to really care about patient care, or their needs/concerns, or the patients themselves in general.
I know that's his job to make sure the administrative aspects of nursing are done correctly, but that shouldn't mean patient care & involvement should be pushed to the side.
Well, feels good to get that off my chest. Overall, I'm very satisfied with my job - still a little too green to say happy.
How do you all deal with a boss that is less than desirable? This has always been my achilles heel - I have such a hard time "taking orders" or being "bossed around" by someone I don't respect or that I sense doesn't care for me.