Toxic Workplace? - page 2

I had an incident happen recently with a night shift nurse that instantly made me hate the floor I work on and makes me feel like it isn't the place for me. Now, I don't know how I feel about nursing... Read More

  1. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from quiltynurse56
    You are right, in that speaking to the staff member who you are not happy with first.

    Now, I have to say, we introverts are not shy. We can and do speak up about situations that need to be brought to another's attention. It is someone who is shy who has a hard time speaking up. Introverts have a preference for being okay with being with ourselves vs a crowd of people. We go home from our shifts exhausted. We do speak up when something is not right.
    True. I can be very assertive as an introvert- even outgoing. It's not about how talkative you are, it's about whether the talk exhausts you or energizes you.
  2. by   EllaBella1
    One of the most important lessons that I had to learn as a new-ish nurse is that nursing is a 24 hour job. Sometimes you just CAN'T get to everything, and sometimes things like baths/linen changes have to take backseat to other, more critical patient tasks. I myself have had those nights where I've walked into a ****show, and I've had mornings where I've had to look the oncoming nurse in the eye and say I'm so sorry that I left such a mess, I did the best I could. Like others have said, if it's an all the time thing with this nurse that patients are left dirty that's one thing, but if it was truly a bad night then that's another thing entirely. I think it's nice that you emailed her, but I would definitely approach her in person and apologize too. But most importantly don't let this one incident define your career. 6 months from now you won't even remember this happened.
  3. by   Horseshoe
    Unless your coworkers are super forgiving, you've now got a huge target on your back. When you screw up (and don't doubt for a minute that you will), you are going to get the same treatment in spades.

    I would apologize in person to this nurse. I would NEVER again talk about another nurse to anyone again unless it's to say how great they are. Lay low, do your job, be more understanding, and if this kind of thing is actually the norm vs. the rare occasion and not a result of understaffing, then handle it with a lot more maturity and poise than you did this time.
  4. by   Tramore35
    So your second patient had wet sheets but a dry pad? Sounds like the nurse knew she was wet but decided to just change the pad and wait for someone else to deal with it. The way you handled this may be inappropriate but you did advocate for your patient and maybe next time she will do her part and get her patient changed. I know some shifts can be super hectic when there isn't enough time to get everything done but changing your wet patient should be a priority. The nurse handing off didn't say she had a code, demented wondering patient, or anything specific except that "she was busy." In the future you should probably discuss this privately. It isn't what you said/did but just how you did/said it.