I have a question yall, okay here it goes, we have a certain charge nurse at the hospital where I wk, who prefers to keep her head buried in the sand, if we have a code or an emergency sit. she is nowhere to be found. We have complained and complained to the powers that be and still nothing is being done. When we get there at 7p she does an opening assessment on the pts then sits for the next 11 and 1/2 hrs, well I take that back she gets up to smoke at least every 30 mins. or so. It is to the point that even the MDs call one the LPNs or even the CNA(when census allows us to have one) rather than call her. So my question is what on earth are we to do???????
Take tonight for instance I was on call and got called out about 3am not a big deal used to that, I go into the ICU, and every one else leaves except me, air life and the OB RN!! HELLO am I the only one who sees the danger in this, the ICU RN is new just got her license two weeks ago, My supposed CHARGE nurse gets out of there so fast she left skid marks. so sorry to vent but in desprate need of in put here. I wk in a small facility so we all have to float. it was so bad tonight that air life said they had never been so glad to see me in their life. Talk about scary. anyway thanks gotta go back to wk now its about 0530 and I wk all day. oh and almost forgot she called me out around 2300-0100 to do VITALS because she was "just to busy" she was reading a romance novel at the station
Aug 4, '02
OK, she called you to do vitals b/c she was reading a book....and you did it???? I would have told her in no uncertain terms to get up off her lazy a$$ or I would call the supervisor to do her vitals. (When this post went through and I re-read, I am sorry, I forgot your signature said you are an LPN, so I can understand a little more why you felt you have to take her "directions." BUT, the truth is, you do not. She is responsible for her own pt's, and you can't be afraid to be "insubordinate" to tell her so, or she will continue to walk all over you. You all need to start standing up to her and refusing to pick up her slack, unless a pt is going to be immediately compromised, then you act and call the super.)
What you guys need to do is put it in writing!!! You need to compose a factual letter, no emotions. Write down exactly what you observe her doing for several shifts. Get the MD's, LPN's,CNA's airlife, anyone you can to sign it and add their own observations, and cc to the state board of nursing (even if you don't really send it, it will scare them.) That will get their attention. For a faster result, get a few docs to call the DON and c/o about how she doesn't take care of the pt's. Better yet, get the family's and/or pt's to call the DON and c/o her. Is she a charge w or w/o an assignment? Sounds like she has an assignment. This chick does not deserve a paycheck!
Last edit by hoolahan on Aug 4, '02