Published Apr 27, 2005
We have a unit secretary that I have a secret name for and it is the "Weasel". This name reflects the fact that she spends a great deal of time weaseling in with people in managment positions. Knows them all by name, jumps up to glad hand them every chance she gets. She also does a lot of personal favors for managment people especially the nurse manager. Everyone knows to be careful what is said in front of her because managment will hear it from her and again carrying tales is a way of weaseling in with managment. I would be very impressed with a manager that was not fooled by this stuff but I have yet to meet one that wasn't. It does a lot of damage because inevitably the weasel will dodge real work every chance she gets. Everyday when she leaves charts with orders stacked a mile high sit waiting for the next shift. She loves the phone but not to do unit business. She is yacking to family and friends constantly and her children seem to think they can call anytime about the stupidest things. Even when she takes her two hour lunches they continue to call and the staff had to take the calls. These behaviors pay off because she is in as tight as you can get with the bosses. They like being kissed up to so much they are not about to do anything about her. :stone
I have worked a lot of different places, and it seems there is always somebody like that around.
Welcome to the real world. I hope you find your "happy" place as this is just a mild example of what's out there. I guess ignorance is bliss for some but you are not going to change human nature. Life is what you make it and dealing with difficult people is part of it. Unless she has broken a law, hospital policy, written guidelines such as "thou shall not be a weasel" or other such thing there really isn't much you can do about it is there....
We used to have a weasel for a DON, but now we have a snake.
yep yep....'Brown Nosers' anywhere you work...blehhh :/
Judee Smudee, ADN, RN
A sense of humor really helps in these situations does it not.
Heh......I guess that depends on which end of the snake (or weasel) you're looking at.
Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN
We had one. He was fired.
On what grounds?
Kiss ups, suck ups, brown nosers, weasels......they're all one and the same.
They're in every nursing department, every profession, every walk of life.
We have had SEVERAL where I work. It usually doesn't get them anywhere.
We have been thru 4 nurses that I would label with any of the above terms,
those 4 are all gone now, but one is still present who has the potential to make trouble.
I'm watching her like a hawk and I'm not the only one who is on to her game, several others know of her attitude.
So she's being watched, carefully.
Most of the weasels/ brown-nosers I've ever encountered eventually got canned when the all the stuff they weren't dealing with blew up in admin's face.
management is not as dumb as they sometimes appear.. i be the first chance they get she will be replaced [not guarantee that the next one won't be worse but as said in previous post: thats life]
fluffy lol i really liked your post..i have been there too..
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