Which do you think is more Difficult? - page 2

Which do you think is more difficult, and why? 1) Getting alone with your co-workers. 2) Doing your actual job being a nurse. Just interested :)... Read More

  1. by   dachweiler
    Originally posted by mjlrn97
    Definitely co-workers. Let's face it, women are horrible to work with....there's too many competing egos, and we are famous for talking sweet to each other's faces then stabbing each other in the back....
    I somewhat agree with this....and I'm a female. I had never had a male coworker ask me, "Have you heard any good gossip?" or "Have you heard about...?"

    I have had 3 male and 8 female supervisors. Sorry to say, but I prefered the male ones. Two of the female supervisors in particular seemed to hold grudges. If I complained about something major and they didn't agree--I KNEW that if in the near future, I needed a day off, I would be turned down. I was not the only person that noticed this.

    I don't like generalizing either. In my past experiences (nursing and in other employment), I have worked with wonderful people of both genders.
    (I voted "doing actual job"--overall, my coworkers work well together)
    Last edit by dachweiler on Sep 14, '02
  2. by   Cubby
    Getting along with co-workers no problem, I was never under the impression I have to like or get along with everyone I work with. God what a nightmare. The stress you guys must be under to try to "like" your co-workers.
    The problem I see is providing the care to my residents.Can't be done without enough people to do the job. I would love to have 30 more people I can't get along with if my residents were taken care of.
    Such as today, we have 27 people to take care of 294 residents! But inspection is over, so "they" don't care! Cynical?
  3. by   sjoe
    cheerfuldoer and some others said it all.

    THIS is the basis of most of the problems in the nursing field today.
    Last edit by sjoe on Sep 14, '02
  4. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas

    Getting along with coworkers, used to be a concern of mine. Back when I was younger and more aggressive and looking for extra money as I always bargained well for myself. You know they tell you to never discuss your salaries, but somehow or another salaries comparisons always get out, and then the snarling begins.
    However now that Im older, I go to work, I do my job. I never associate with anyone from work except on the golf course. I will golf with anyone. Hell Ive even golfed with republican lawyers, and thats the lowest of the low.
    Work is work now to me, keep the social interactions to a minimum. Much easier.

    doo wah ditty
  5. by   adrienurse
    I admit it. I don't always play well with others. If only they'd admit that I'm always right! LOL
  6. by   ucavalpn
    I said the work , Where I work now I have great co-workers . This is the first job I've had where we truly work as a team . I do agree you don't have to like the people you work with , but it is a wonderful bonus when you do.
  7. by   Fgr8Out
    I voted for "doing your actual job of providing care"... but I must add that it is quite often due to co-worker's who don't make an effort of doing their job properly in the first place. Point in case... a diabetic patient with PVD and a compromised limb... on heparin per protocol. A) His nurse the shift previously didn't have another nurse double check when she made an adjustment to his heparin... resulting in an incorrect rate... which made my job of adjusting a trial at first... then she went on to write OVER her original rate with the correct one... 5 hours AFTER she'd allowed the incorrect rate to run. B) Same patient... same nurse... consistently "forgets" to administer Patient's oral diabetic meds as ordered, i.e. 30 minutes before meals. The poor guy took forever to regain a decent blood sugar....

    How does this affect my ability to provide care? Because I spend the first part of the morning FINDING these errors... another part of the morning trying to track down the original order and make efforts to correct the error... all, time consuming items that delay my own routine of care.... Of course, many of you understand this, as you ALL have a nurse or two who merely ADD to your workload.

    Btw... the issue was written up and reported to the NM.

    Last edit by Fgr8Out on Sep 21, '02
  8. by   MollyMo
    The first 6 years of my nursing career, my yearly evaluation stated that my nursing care,knowledge base, etc was outstanding. But my coworkers were afraid of me or thought I didn't like them because I didn't talk to them. They talked about husbands, mortgages and children. I don't have any so what could I contribute to the conversation. Also, they complained that when I was asked a question I gave a direct answer. Wasn't that the point of the question? So, caregiving is a piece of cake compared to dealing with my coworkers, past and present.
  9. by   Audreyfay
    Of all the jobs I've left in the last 26 years, every job I left, except one, I left because of co-workers, or moving. The one I left because of the job, was on a medical unit. Very heavy work, demanding patients and family, and death. I got a promotion to staff education. But, the staff was great!
  10. by   GPatty
    Definitely co-workers.
  11. by   Momto3RN
    One of the jokes on my floor is that if you're not working, you're being talked about!!

    That really is the truth! The funny thing is, we know we all do it and we still all get along well.

    I'd never worked with people who can have it out with each other and be best friends a half hour later until I started on this floor. It's actually rather refreshing!