I worked team with an LPN whom I hadn't worked with before the day before yesterday. Last night she was assigned to work with me but changed her assignment before I arrived. This was OK with the other LPN who requests to work with me. I felt hurt.
Here are my crimes: She wanted to leave at 6:30 a.m. even though she was scheduled to 7:30. This leaves me with 12 patients and all the blood sugars, daily weights, ect. 5 of these patients are high acuity. I nicely said no. She did not have anything pressing to do in the a.m. She states "I always like to leave at 6:30". Also note that we have no aides on night shift.
Next crime: She is behind, so I do 3 patient assessments assigned to her. I check later and she has not passed meds or done any charting. I ask her why. She states "well you did the assessments so I thought you were taking them". I end up with 6 patients primary and all the Iv's med sheets, orders, ect. I tell her next time we work together we will need to communicate better. She gives me the evil eye.
I print out care plans
for her and she tells me " I don't use these." Then I ask her if so and so patient has on his PAS stockings and how much are the residuals on the patients with ng tubes. No PAS stockings and the residuals are "not to bad". I ask her for an amount and she gets mad. She did not bother to see (or chart) how many cc's of residual. Then she tells me "Well I didn't know these things needed to be done'. Really? Cuz these things are printed on the PCP's I think to myself.
Next crime: She tells me patient x has an elevated blood pressure. I ask her if she took a manual. She did not. I am with a patient starting blood so I can not leave the room for 15 minutes. I ask her to take it manually. I can hear her complaining all the way down the hall. Yes-I am a monster.
Still my feelings are hurt. She was overheard telling someone " I don't like to work with her." as if I am a bad nurse or some mean evil person. I was very careful to use a nice tone of voice when speaking to her. The other 2 LPN's I work with are hard working nurses. I have learned alot from them and let them know that I respect them. I also make sure they get their breaks. The LPN who doesn't like to work with me took 5 coffee breaks and then complained she was too busy to take a lunch. Huh? Anyways, thanks for letting me vent.