Cure for whiny negative nurses - PET PEEVE game. Always read first post before entry. - page 2

I could whine and complain about how these negative nurses are extremely depressing and ruining nursing for those of us that actually enjoy our jobs.:wavey: :nono: :smackingf Or I could think of a... Read More

  1. by   nurseangel47
    As it's been pointed out often on here, this is also an (encouraged!) place to come VENT, RANT, OR RAVE if the need is there for us nurses. Sometimes this forum is the ONLY place we have to ventilate a bit about a bad shift, a bad week, or a bad unit or coworker....so....you shouldn't expect roses and rainbows in all posts in here.
    NOT the forum for YOU if that is what you expect.
    We are not whiners in general in here. That is ONE very important reason we are nurses. Not many whiners make it in the nursing arena.
  2. by   sanctuary
    Pet peeve: Co-workers who complain about a person behind their back, to every body they know, while doing nothing constructive to address the problem.
    Alternative behavior: TALK to them. Directly inform them of the undone, poorly done or incorrectly done task. Then if the problem is not resolved, go to your supervisor.
    Catch phrase: Chronic whinitis is cured only through direct action. Take It.
  3. by   EmerNurse
    Pet peeve: protocols that aren't.

    Don't tell me that I shouldn't have ordered XYZ from triage, when the protocol says so, then tell me it's been changed but we don't take the old info down because so-and-so "does the wall" and will get annoyed. And don't tell me I didn't write something on the form, when I wrote it where it is supposed to go, but not where you're used to seeing it, so you didn't see it!

    Catch phrase: For God's sake!! COMMUNICATE!
  4. by   llg
    Pet peeve: New nurses who think that anybody who doesn't bend over backward to make sure they have a good day is "eating their young."

    2/3: A. Try being nice (and showing some respect) to your senior co-workers. They have been doing the job for years and can probably teach you a few things if you would be open enough to take some of their advice. B. Understand that some people are tired and grumpy for good reason. C. Some people just aren't very nice and it has nothing to do with you. D. The world doesn't owe you a pleasant day. E. You are not paying for your orientation: your employer is paying you. F. All your employer owes you is a decent chance to succeed and fair treatment in relationship to the other employees -- not "special treatment" because you are God's gift to humanity. G. You said you knew nursing would be challenging. Managing yoru interpersonal relationships is a part of the challenge.

    Catchphrases: Get over yourself! Grow up! Get a backbone! Get over it!
  5. by   RNfromMN
    Quote from llg
    Pet peeve: New nurses who think that anybody who doesn't bend over backward to make sure they have a good day is "eating their young."
    :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll
    Last edit by RNfromMN on Dec 20, '06
  6. by   bethin
    Pet Peeve: nurses, who after starting IV's leave the plastic caps, sharps, etc in the bed leaving marks on the pts butts.

    A: you know you started an IV, so pick up after yourself. Just because I'm an aide doesn't mean I should see a surprise when I roll a pt and I'm not talking about poo. Also, I don't want to get stuck by one of those surprises.

    Catch phrase: Do you want an IV up your arse?
  7. by   SteveNNP
    Pet Peeve: Patient's extended family asking round the clock for free snacks, drinks from the peds refrigerator.

    A> Don't act all huffy when I tell you there's a vending machine down the hall....for the last time, the jello and sprite is for the kids!!! And NO I do not mean the 6 filthy rugrats you brought in with you! Get a job, off state-funded aid, and at least attempt to control your HTN and diabetes. Telling me you're a diabetic and need food or a pepsi doesn't go far when you've got a KFC bag under each hefty arm, and grease stains on your shirt. Just because you're on medicaid doesn't mean you get free food 'cause your nephew is a pt on our peds floor.

    Quit mooching, you slob, control your diabetes, and get a JOB!!!

    Man, I feel a LOT better!!!! Thanks!

    Steve
  8. by   LargoLPN
    pet peeve: nursing home incontinent pt. in bed, diaper wet, sheets under diaper wet. you tell the CNA pt needs changed. Her response, well the pt is a heavy wetter, if I change her bed now it will just be soaked again next time I come in and I don't want to do two complete bed changes.


    You get paid to keep them clean and dry. would you like to lay in your own urine for hours? If you have to do it again later so be it, that's your job. Don't like it, quit and find a job that you are better suited for. No I really don't know where you can find a job where you can talk on the phone to your friends, stand around and gossip, read magazines, and eat all night sorry.

    catchphrase: @&#$ or get off the pot
  9. by   rnsrgr8t
    Pet Peeve: Parents who look me dead in the eye and tell me "I don't smoke" as their asthmatic child (who smells like a chimney and so does Mom) is wheezing in front of my eyes (and is back in clinic for the 5th time in 2 weeks with asthma exacerbation).

    MMM... do ya think your smoking is maybe aggravating your childs asthma and do ya think I am so stupid that you can lie to my face and I won't figure it out? Maybe your child will get better if you actually listen to our advice?

    catch phrase: just say no to smoking! (or at least don't light up around your kids)
  10. by   SherRN
    Quote from sanctuary
    Pet peeve: Co-workers who complain about a person behind their back, to every body they know, while doing nothing constructive to address the problem.
    Alternative behavior: TALK to them. Directly inform them of the undone, poorly done or incorrectly done task. Then if the problem is not resolved, go to your supervisor.
    Catch phrase: Chronic whinitis is cured only through direct action. Take It.
    Bless you. I could not agree with you more. Be person enough woman/man enough to come to me or anyone else face to face. Enough already with the back stab bit.
  11. by   Ubernurse
    Pet Peeve: Patient who complain of "Chest Pain" but don't want Nitro because it gives them a head ache.

    "So you are having chest pain? How would you rate it? OH a 3/10? (I think if I were having actual chest pain it would always be 10/10) Well let me get you some oxygen...you don't want it because it will dry up your nose? OK....well I need to give you a SL Nitro to get rid of it....No? It gives you a head ache? (I now wonder why they even pressed the call light). So all you want is some morphine???

    Catch Phrase: Chest Pain....As real as Doctors who change bedpans.
  12. by   SaraO'Hara
    Pet Peeve: Anybody who won't follow standard precautions.

    I'm sure that Mrs Smith is totally cool with the idea that you are brushing her teeth after having changed Mrs Brown's poopy briefs. What? You didn't wash your hands because wearing gloves made that unnecessary? Well, isn't that just sweet! Mrs Smith will be sure to agree when you give her a nice case of E. Coli.

    Don't bite the hand you wipe with!
  13. by   emmycRN
    Pet Peeve- Docs who expect you to know labs, exam results, eccetera from memory while he/she stands there holding the chart. Or wants you to write labs on front of chart, nurses notes, progress notes, ect so they don't have to actually open the chart and flip to appropriate section.
    constructive suggestion- Somebody should write a book called "Reading Charts for Dummies or Doctors" and a copy should be placed on every unit in the hospital.
    Catch phrase- You have the chart and I can't look it up.
    Last edit by emmycRN on Mar 5, '07

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