A good team player - page 3

I have heard this used here recently. I have also heard it used at staff meetings. Exactly what does being a good team player/member mean when it comes to nursing?... Read More

  1. by   live4today

    I had to laugh when I read your comment "Sorry, that's not my patient." Some years ago when I was working on a med/surg unit, a family member approached me to ask me to help her mother up to the bathroom. I said, "Sure, what room is your mother in?" She told me, and I remembered how heavy a patient that was so I turned to another nurse beside me and said, "(Nurse so and so), do you mind helping me with this lady's mother?" Right in front of the family member, that nurse's response to me was "Sorry, I just washed my hands." The family member became irate at this nurse, and I asked the family member to accompany me to the patient's room, which she did. She kept asking me why that nurse refused to help me since I was not her mother's nurse either. I said, "That's okay. We will get your mother up to the bathroom. Just give me a minute to find an assistant." I paged for an assistant, the assistant came in no time at all, and we helped the patient up to the bathroom and back to bed. The family member was ever so grateful to us for helping her mother, but stated she intended to report the other nurse for not being so helpful.

    Unfortunately, there are nurses who have moments like that, but what I found to be inappropriate was for that nurse to say what she said directly in front of the family member.
    "It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not." (quote by Andre Gide)
  2. by   thisnurse
    the only time i say....im not your nurse....is when pts ask me for pain meds or other things i cant do...but then i go get their nurse.
    thats the kind of mentality that reigns on my "team"

    its not my job
    im not your nurse
  3. by   live4today
    Hello thisnurse,

    Your response is so appropriate, especially if the patient wants medication or something only his/her nurse would be aware of or has scheduled already to give to them.

    I hardly ever sat down to chart because I charted on the go, whipping in and out of patients rooms to care for them in as timely a fashion as I could. Even when I was "caught up" (Ha!), I would help out the other nurses with their patient load so we could all get finished on time and go home. Supporting one another is where it's at. When we stop caring about one another, nursing will truly be in BIG trouble.

    "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."--George Bernard Shaw
  4. by   Mkue
    I agree with both of Night owl's posts ! and the others are good too !
  5. by   micro
    originally posted by night owl
    t together
    e everyone
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    m more!

    yes, you can pick apart a poll, but the ???? and the thought it brings out..........

    no i wouldn't blindly follow management, but if thisa isa wherea i worka, thena ia gonna followa mosta of directiona's.......

    should i be different from other team members, or above anybody.....no, and shouldn't be less than anybody........
    except for duh!!!!! what different job duties call for.......

    should i publicly point out weaknesses and ?????judgement.........
    lets talk about being unprofessional and just downright mean.........

    being part of a team, means being part of a team.......
    working together for common goal.....like getting through an uneventful shift while giving your patients equal, skilled and compassionate care.............

    just micro thoughts....
    thx for poll

  6. by   micro
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    med/surg phantom.

    our unit morale is getting worse. nobody wants to help anyone anymore. asking for help these days is
    really putting everyone out...just the question itself provokes nasty responses from nurses and assistants alike...just little things like..can you give me a boost?
    when i offer to help my coworkers when im not busy they look at me like i have three heads.

    unfortunately sounds familiar!!!!!

  7. by   Mkue
    night owl, I love that Slogan TEAM, I saw it a while back and copied, pasted it, put it on my frig, so my kids see it every day.

    it's a great word for Nursing !

  8. by   micro
    Originally posted by VAC
    I don't like any of the choices offered. Teamwork is pitching in to help each other, and keeping in mind the priorities of the whole unit, not just your assignment. You can't be 'too busy' to run to a code. Of course it's much easier to be a team player when your unit is decently staffed.

    gotta agree with that one......

    pitching in and helping each other without holding it over anyone's head...............

    hey VAC, great cat!!!!!!!!!

    :kiss :chuckle
  9. by   Nursz-R-Awsm
    I really like RNKitty's reply. It hits the nail on the head.

    To Momontoy, take care of your license yes, but also share your pearls of wisdom...teach the new and less experienced nurses. Some really do appreciate it and not all of "them" are in nursing for the wrong reasons.
  10. by   debbyed
    I couldn't answer any better than RNKitty
  11. by   All41
    There is no "I" in Team but there is an "I" in Win!
    The questions in the survey sound like characteristics a dictator would use to describe a team player.
  12. by   jaelle
    The next time all of us go to work...some of us facing insurmountable odds, and have to deal with a person that may believe in the choices presented in this poll, remember, the bottom line isn't what that person may or may not believe or how they practice their profession. When a situation seems hopeless, all we can do is our best. Sometimes we may have to view that one person as just another obstacle to overcome in our quest to accomplish the best we possibly can for the patients whose care we are responsible for during that shift.
    Remember also....no matter how horrible a person may be, if you look hard enough you can find something positive in anyone. It isn't easy. Sometimes you get tired in your heart and just want to yell, or throw something, or quit. But all of you have experienced the magic when you see that look on a patient's face after you have taken away their pain....or heard their fears and let them know that you are going to help them shoulder their problem. Or taken the time to explain a procedure for the 500th time so that they are as informed and comfortable as possible. That is why most nurses are nurses. Don't lose faith. There is no "I" in team true, but we can only control our thoughts. Therefore any team involving you....has to start with you. I know it sounds contradictory...but a strong sense of self will help you as much as a healthy dose of humility.