Co worker

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Mergirlc, RN

676 Posts

Perhaps he's a relative of one of the decision makers and that's factoring into the situation?

gonzo1, ASN, RN

1,739 Posts

Specializes in ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP, CEN.

Can you put down to work on different shifts than him? That's what I do when on of my coworkers is driving me crazy. Otherwise, I agree with all the above posters.


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On 5/23/2020 at 9:54 AM, Jodine Stockham said:

If he bothers you so much maybe it's time for you to move on? Time to remember that not everybody is perfect. Management is aware and are OK with it. He sounds a little ADHD and probably has anxiety to go with it. The more you "monitor" him the more tense he gets which means more mistakes. I would let management worry about him, be kind and go about my business.

Yeah I don’t think anyone is perfect actually, we are people, we all have flaws. I have explored all my options. It’s hard because we have the same schedule because we are a small 5 bed unit. I have adhd with anxiety. I properly manage it because I am an adult. Lastly, I do not “monitor” him. I actually keep to myself most of the shift. I am a good coworker who always helps out and it seems like it’s a one way street with him. He wouldn’t even call in a breakfast order for one of my patients because he “didn’t know the patients diet” he didn’t even ask me or didn’t even look it up. He also left a unstable patients room with sp02 in the 60s!! To go do an ekg on a stable patient the other day. Please don’t make this into a personality thing, I have worked with all kinds of kinds and I’ve managed just fine.. I’m genuinely concerned and other people are too- and just shows how management doesn’t deal with issues. I’m always kind, always professional, always upfront.

I know that there is ALWAYS a chain of command, and that we will get in trouble if we do not follow it, nonetheless, I wonder if you can/should go to a nursing supervisor since your manager does nothing even when this co-worker is reported to physicians. But is sounds to me as if he is there for the long haul and has it made and that nothing is going to change, Believe me,

that situation would make me nuts, too! So I would be giving serious consideration to leaving and going to another job. Because when no one else will change, it's probably time for you to make a change! Best of luck to you, keep us updated!


And I have to add, just because management is fine with it, doesn't mean it's actually YOU that have the problem. I have been a nurse 35 years and have seen a number of instances where another nurse is just unbelievably lazy, rude, not a team player, smart aleck (to use an old fashioned, but clean, term ? and everyone, it seems, but the manager and/or nursing administration is aware of it and is upset about it, but for whatever reason, management/administration thinks he/she is just great. Some of the replies here indicate that folks think how you are looking at things is actually the problem, and, while that could be true, it's certainly possible that it's not true at all. Since I don't know you, I can't be sure, but I can tell you for certain that I have seen situations just as you described where the person whose behaviour is in question is thought by management to be "just fine." Good luck to you!

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