Is this the norm or unfair? thoughts and opinions needed!! - page 2

place: cardiac icu scenario: bob is working an 8 hr shift and has two patients. one pt is expected to transfer to stepdown unit. the charge nurse tameka just learned that an patient must be... Read More

  1. by   nursingpower
    Quote from fmf corpsman
    bob, i'm not saying this happened in this case, but i've witnessed it happen time and time again throughout my career, where you may find that as a male nurse, your own workload may be heavier than that of your female peers. sometimes it may be intentional, others not, but it is just that many expect that males are capable of dealing with a heavier load than females. it has gotten much better over the years, but when i first started nursing it was horrible, the men were called upon to get patients in and out of bed, to turn the heavier patients from side to side and still today, subdue the rowdier patients in house and mental health. this was in addition to completing a full patient load. working 1500-2300, sometimes it was 0200-0300 hrs before we'd ever get out of there. all those years of lifting heavy patients, not necessarily practicing the best body mechanics, and a war, are what put me in a wheelchair today. maybe a combination of a couple of other things added to it as well, but lift with your legs young man, and make sure your teams are even.
    my name isn't bob and i am not a male nurse. lol this scenario had nothing to do with anyone's ability to lift. our job requirements is to lift, push, pull 50 lbs regardless of age, gender and size. my scenario refers to how new nurses or less favored nurses in the unit are treated. charge nurses that unevenly distribute the work load so than them and their "friends" don't have to do much work while others are swamped.
  2. by   Piglet08
    Okay, if it's happening with that kind of pattern, that's different. I'd go up to the desk and state I need help, and since you clearly have time, come here and help. And if I had to keep doing that over and over and the situation never changed, I'd be lookin' around for a more team-oriented workplace.
  3. by   longdistancerunner
    Quote from nursingpower
    place: cardiac icu

    what are your thoughts and opinions on this scenario?
    This sounds bad...If it keeps happening you need to notify your director.
  4. by   SpEdtacular
    If you work in an environment where you feel that certain nurses and new nurses are "less favored" than I would imagine that it's normal for nurses to have uneven workloads because of favoritism. If you feel like everyone is treated equally and there's a lot of team work on your unit then I would think that maybe the charge RN made a mistake and didn't realize Bob only works 8 hours, was distracted and didn't realize that the assignment didn't make sense, doesn't have a lot of experience being charge, thought Bob might want the experience if he's new... you get the idea. Either way Bob should be assertive and speak up if he feels he's getting the shaft or he could sink to their level, drag his feet, and hang on to his transfer til shift change... (I do not endorse this behavior, our ED is notorious for doing stuff like that i.e. admitted at 1500 but gets to the unit somewhere between 1830-1900 and it makes me CRAZY!)
  5. by   hherrn
    Is this the norm or unfair?

    What makes you think these two are mutually incompatible?
    Sounds like in your environment they go hand in hand.

    I'll take a wild guess that Tameka is friends, or at least friendly, with the nurses getting the light load. Maybe not so much with Bob.

    FWIW- I rarely object to an assignment (ER). When I do, it is always on the basis of safety, not fairness. Arguing whats fair and not can seem petty- advocating for pt safety is a required part of the job.
  6. by   rkealy
    Bob next time ask for KY

    And tell the others to quit stuffing there mouths with donuts and do something