Do you know this nurse?

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I seem to be meeting the same type of pdn nurse again and again.

She is 45+, divorced/never married, works 7 days a week, will pick up any open shift because "I might as well, I would just be at home anyway." Also, she is tired.

Have you encountered this nurse?

Are you this nurse?

systoly

1,756 Posts

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

yes, but mine is pooping out ;)

i believe she's worked 7 days all year long so far

but this week my agency asked me if i could pick up one

of her shifts

i guess i'm not this nurse, because i told my agency that 4 12's

were quite enough for me (i did agree to work another half a shift

if that would help to get her the day off)

maryen

95 Posts

Has 18 years experience.

Yes!! She works the shift prior to mine and I wish she would get her act together! I am tired of coming into a dirty room with her half asleep and gives no shift report at all! All the family and agency want us a warm body and they sure have that in her.

CloudySue

710 Posts

Specializes in Pediatric Private Duty; Camp Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I'm not exactly that, because I'm happily married, but in the winter when hubby is laid off I work 6 nights/week because I have to keep overnight hours whether I'm working or not, to keep my sleep schedule straight. So I may as well pick up that night, nobody will be up in the house anyway, and what the heck, it's time and a half! Fortunately since I keep my hours straight, I'm seldom tired until I pop my melatonin in the morning! ;)

Alex Egan, LPN, EMT-B

6 Articles; 857 Posts

Specializes in Home Health (PDN), Camp Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

I knew that nurse. Worked 16 hours a day 5-7 days a week. And had a visit case every day. Always looked exhausted, and was pleasant but always on edge. Sometimes I am that nurse. I'm on an 18 day stretch mostly eights but a few twelves along with my side business and my disabled parents. I'm emotionally and physically exhausted sometimes, but I feel like I have to work hard to try and get ahead. Also the agency's push so hard for more hours, so I work 50 hours a week for a month, the next month I work 70 or so. However I always fight against lazy work habits. I couldn't stand to leave the next nurse with a mess.

smartnurse1982

1,775 Posts

Has 7 years experience.

I am that nurse,but i am only 32.

The nurses i meet are immigrants,married and with kids,and still work 50 plus hrs a week.

When i was in South Carolina the nurses i frequently met there were married to Mr. Lazy husband and worked 50 plus hrs a week.

Most of us in Pdn work lots of hours.

Specializes in Home Health, PDN, LTC, subacute. Has 18 years experience.

I ran into that nurse a lot in LTC. Nurses would brag they worked 24/7 (agency nurses) then I found them sleeping in empty rooms at 10 am. They were blacklisted from my facility after that so what good did it do them?

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

Have met that nurse many times in different settings. No use in saying anything about the fact that they sleep anywhere, at any time. Their compatriots cover for them because they are doing the same thing.

Specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty. Has 5 years experience.

Well, I'm 45yo as of yesterday.

Divorced and remarried and will be divorced again in 4-5 years.

Scheduled 36/week, often working 48/week to cover a shift as needed. Perfectly happy with that level, no need to work more.

So, I'm kinda that nurse, and kinda not. ;)

CloudySue

710 Posts

Specializes in Pediatric Private Duty; Camp Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I'm kind of at a loss as to why there's an entire topic devoted to this "type" of nurse. I can think of much wackier types which are probably more entertaining to discuss!

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.
I'm kind of at a loss as to why there's an entire topic devoted to this "type" of nurse. I can think of much wackier types which are probably more entertaining to discuss!

I agree, Cloudy Sue. I can think of far wackier.

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nursel56

7,058 Posts

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 47 years experience.

I've known a couple of those nurses except that they work their backsides off to support their no-account adult children who are perpetually in a crisis of some sort. I think, why are you killing yourself for these people?

For entertainment purposes I'll just mention the one that mooned her patient. The others had habits so whacked out they are sure to recognize themselves if they read this forum.