The MS. Smarty Nurse

  1. does anyone else work with a nurse that just grate's your nerves?? there is this one nurse that i really can't stand to be around for too long! she has only been a rn for @ 1yr (it took her 3x to pass the boards) now don't flame me i realize some people have test anxiety, but i am positive that getting totally wasted the night before one test did not help. anyway, she acts all high and mighty, extremely unprofessional also. i reminded her this morning before i left to make sure all staff adhered to the rules (strictly) because jcaho is surveying us right now. she responds, who cares, i'm not going to make anyone do anything, i don't care>>>>what's up with that? she acts like she knows soooooo much more than those who have been in nursing for years.
    she just makes me so madddddd!!!

    oh, but of course when i do follow up on the bad things that any of us would report i get brushed off!! it was i who must have misunderstood the situation or i just didn't hear what i thought i heard. on my floor it seems that dayshift can do no wrong. night shift gets the short end of the stick.
    can we say industrial size ky!!! or as us nighters like to say...just give it to my dry!
    okay, i know i am ranting and raving...sorry, but you guys listen. i am not the only one that feels this way at work though at least.
    (and please no flaming, i wasn't directing my comments about dayshift or other remarks to anyone but this particular nurse and floor)

    sorry guys!
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    Nurse Practitioner; from NC
    Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in Pain Mgmt, ICU nursing, L/D Nursing


  3. by   BusyMom
    I love to hear people vent about work situations. When I am at school I can act like everything is wonderful, but when I get home I vent. Don't feel guilty for your feelings we have all had the same feelings with coworkers. That is one of the wonderful thing about this BB. Hang in there!
  4. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    We could actually work at the same place! LOL Those of us who adhere to the rules get crapped on while, the ones who do just enough to get by, get away with murder practically!!
  5. by   majrn
    nightshifter here too, I agree, day shift walks on water and the managers promote it. we've got more experienced nurses on nights with more tenure but days and eves can do no wrong.
  6. by   night owl
    You've got that right Belinda and after many years in this profession, I'll never ever figure out why that is and I've stopped trying. At my place of employment there have been a few that have actually gotten away with murder! These people should have lost their licenses over some of the things they have done, but they are still there getting away with anything they can.
    We're taking up a collection for a person who is being terminated as of next Friday because she was caught sleeping 3x. She put herself in her own hot water and she was warned and suspended and yet she still fell asleep anyway, but she is a nice person and did her work when she was awake...just couldn't stay awake from say 2am to 5am no matter what. She has three kids and no job now so we thought a collection would help her out some. So I go down stairs to give the collecting person my money, and not one staff member was awake and alert...all were comatose! Asked the supervisor when she made rounds, "How'd ya like your comatose staff downstairs??? And she replied, " Well I was shuffeling papers around and got no response." And yet she did nothing about these people who do this night after night and are getting away with it! They see it and let it go all the time. I felt it ironic that these "comatosers" are the people who are taking up a collection for someone who is being fired for sleeping on the job...but the residents are the ones who are being neglected most of all. The sleepers should all be fired on the spot, no ifs ands or buts!!! But they never will be fired UNTIL something bad happens and then they'll fry their own azzes...
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yep I have two of those and I work nights. I do feel your pain. NO FLAMES HERE!
  8. by   sjoe
    "don't flame me ...and please no flaming,"

    It may well be that this kind of attitude is more than a small part of the problem. Since you are a permanent charge nurse, I would strongly recommend that you take some management and supervision courses, since your facility doesn't appear to have given you any such training. (This is the number one problem in the nursing field, IMHO.)

    Reading "Managing for Dummies," might be a good start.

    You might also wish to check out this thread:

    Best wishes.
    Last edit by sjoe on Mar 26, '03
  9. by   P_RN
    Night shift IS a whole other world. I only found one person sleeping (snoring, wrapped in a blanket in the therapy room, lights out....) and when we shook him awake he said he was meditating....I like night shift but usually you have to be up and alert because NO PATIENT sleeps!
  10. by   BadBird
    I work nights and can't imagine sleeping, there is so much work to do! I agree that anyone caught sleeping should be terminated on the spot, it is unimaginable that any nurse would do this.
  11. by   911fltrn
    I work nights and rarely sit down let alone sleep. I found the "meditating" answer cute and resourceful.
  12. by   Rock
    Make sure you set her straight right from the beginning.
    Report every mistake she makes.
  13. by   altomga
    Gosh I am sooo glad I am not the only other nurse that feels this way towards another co-worker. I know we are supposed to stick together, but sometimes the bad apples spoil a bunch
    I am a permanent charge as is this other nurse and we are required to take all the mgmnt and supervision classess, etc...This chick just doesn't give a shyt!

    Nights is a world unto itself. I love it and will hate to leave it whenever I can find a 8-5 position at my place of employment.
    (Oh wait a minute...guess that means I will always be nights HE HE HE...only dayers get those positions
    Thanks a bunch guys!
  14. by   altomga
    Originally posted by Rock
    Make sure you set her straight right from the beginning.
    Report every mistake she makes.

    I do...unfortunately or fortunately I am known as the nurse that will speak my mind (or whats left of it after having 3 kids...LOL)
    But like I said, she doesn't care, brushes me off, and mgmnt won't back me b/c the dayshift does no wrong on this floor)