I can honestly say I can empathize with you! I have seen more than my fair share of nurses that just don't cut it. I have come to the conclusion that they are what I refer to as "welfare reform nurses" By this I mean that, they went into nursing for a paycheck that would be greater than their welfare check. I have seen absolute Lazyness to the point of Patient endangerment. In fact, I have been working with a supervisor....who has a real hard time getting off her big fat glueteous MAXIMUS except to go shovel her face and smoke....then at shift change....she is suddenly real busy charting and collects ton's of OT.
She...we shall call her....the toothless wonder...(yes she has no teeth).. has attempted to bully me, and attempted to give me orders and pretend to be in charge....I scoff at her and remind her that I know her patients better than she does....I am in charge of my wing,,,sit back down and eat something. I'll hold your hand if something should arise. She likes to say to me, in an authoritarian voice and always infront of others....YOU did do your treatments didn't you? Very condescending....I look at her and reply,,,,if you spent anytime in the building other than in the cafeteria....you would know.....don't ever ask me again if my work has been done.....I am going to tell you one time...YES...that should hold you for the next six weeks I signed myself up here for.
You see,, the beauty of this is....I am agency. I don't have to deal with her crap. The facility I am working at with the toothless wonder is not my employer, I need not feel the strains of the innergoings on. I can speak my mind and feel no wrath. I have no stress in that area. I go in care for my patients.....and I am satisfied. The other staff there I think appreciate my inability to keep my mouth shut. Toothless wonder however does not
. Of course she is smart enough not to complain about my mouth knowing the damage I could cause to her. If I spoke to management she would be replaced.
Oh and please don't think I speak to her this way without warrent. It is always well desereved when my mouth opens. I have usually taken a few hits from her before my lip starts. You would think she would learn.
I highly suggest agency If you are feeling to much stress with your work environment. I know it isn't an easy decision and it is something that I swore I would never do, but I did and I am thankful in many ways. My stress level has been cut in half. I do plan to at some point go back to being a regular staff nurse because I do enjoy the stability. I needed the break.
OH, and if nursing is what you love in your heart, try going agency, you may find the place that is out there where nurses don't pick each other apart....they are out there.....honest! I have seen them.