Survey: Are you confident that your nursing colleagues are competent? - page 6

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  1. by   silentone
    Your psych unit sounds just like mine. Not just the patients but the staff. I've actually had higher functioning patients state that some staff needs professional help more than they do. I don't comment but in my head I agree thats true for a couple of staff. I do know that some staff have had problems like the patients have had and thats makes them help the patient better 'cause they understand what their going through. But some may have problems and never got the help they needed and that makes it hard for everyone involved. Don't get me wrong, I'm only referring to a couple of staff, the majority are fine.
  2. by   silentone
    As far as reporting nurses, I have only reported twice in 16 years. The first was when I came to 3-11 shift and a seizure patient was into seizures. We checked meds and found that the nurse had not given her meds all day. (She often came to work where we felt she was under the influence and bosses allowed her to work cause she would work doubles etc.) She was on another unit so we called her about the meds. She came to the unit, gave all meds at one time (pt was on high doses of pheobarb plus others) then she lied to the Dr. plus signed as if she gave them at the correct times. It had to be reported by all who witnessed it plus the Dr. said to write it up. (Later she came back after being fired to threaten some of us) The other was when two of us witnessed a staff slamming a pts head into the wall. Any abuse I will report. But as far as if nurses don't know a procedure...I think we all learn every day. It would be impossible to know everything so I think a nurse should not be reported for that... we should just teach each other. With the stress of high census, low staff, I think it's easy to get upset with each other but we should all try to help and support each other.
  3. by   CATHYW
    originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    not everyone is cut out to be a nurse, i don't care if they were able to "pass" the nclex and somehow get a license to practice patient care. recognize who you are, what you do as a nurse, and what scares you.....evaluate yourself often.....if it just isn't clicking for you like you thought nursing's time to open up the other egg in your basket of goodies that you do do well. :kiss
    as usual, renee, in her very eloquent way, put it as i see it: just because you can do the textbook job does not mean you can practically and critically use it! please know who you are!
  4. by   mamabear
    Cheerful Doer was right on: just because you can pass the NCLEX and graduate from an accredited nursing school, doesn't mean you're a competent nurse
    My bozo male co-worker that I keep harping about is a perfect (?) example. Yes, he passed the Indiana State Board, and yes, he graduated from an accredited school He's still one of the sorriest excuses for a nurse I've ever known: lazy, rude, sexist/racist, opinionated, all in addition to his OCD stuff. He's one of those people who "interview well", get the job, and then crash and burn,so to speak, after a few months:angryfire
  5. by   Youda
    Well, cheer up, mamabear. Sounds like a perfect candidate for management, which he will no doubt become some day. (Does anyone yet not know how I feel about management?)
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by rned
    i'm not sure we are the best ones to make or pass judgement on our co-workers and co-workers on other shifts. yes, we should file and report errors and potential errors, concerns regarding safe practice and nurses, docs and other heatlhcare workers.

    however, unless we are the ones with the authority, responsibility, skill and training to investigate, evaluate and analysis nursing care, we should probably stick to reporting our concerns and leave the investigations to those responsible for that aspect of nursing.

    to often, i hear nurses make derogatory remarks of care that was provided by so and so. it is suprising how frequently these nurses can instantly assess the appropriateness of care 5 minutes after they arrive to start their shift. these truely are the "special" nurses because to listen to them they know absolutely everything that went on that night and yet they did not work that shift. therefore, they must be "special".

    we need to provide the best possible care to our patient during our shift and we need to report our concerns. it is not our job and we do a disservice to our co-workers when we say so and so is a bad nurse. report your findings, not your assumptions, that is part of the job.

    now - if you are the boss, that is different, you are special !!
    thank you for your post.
  7. by   mamabear
    Excellent reply. The scary thing is that the OCD bozo coworker already displays a lot of managerial behaviors: delegating the most petty, insignificant things (" the back hallway between 0700 and 0800"), making endless "to do" lists, palming his work off on whoever, and being too lazy/cowardly to go to the Big Boss with his concerns ("...when you see [what's-her-name] be sure to tell her...":chuckle
  8. by   KarafromPhilly
    There is one thing I have not read about yet which I find very irritating. Nurses who don't know how to pronounce the name of a med or procedure will often get halfway through the word and then finish with ", well, whatever.". Granted this is not nearly as scary as some of the above, but really. Use a reference book.