Who is GENERALLY more of a "PAIN"?: Co-workers OR Patients? - page 4

I know that there is trouble with BOTH sides.....but generally...which "group" makes your job more stressful? The patients, or the other employees themselves? How so? Patients= family, visitors,... Read More

  1. by   pagandeva2000
    No fart contest jokes for you? That sucks... (just kidding....I have a wild sense of humor, also. People are actually shocked at my thoughts because I am usually a bit reserved until I get to know them better).
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 8, '09
  2. by   AOx1
    Pagandeva, lol! My dear brother tried this on my sister-in-law, until she told him if he did it again in on purpose, she would let her leg hair grow so long she could braid it. My sister-in-law fixed in her first week of marriage what my parents had been unable to fix in over 18 years
  3. by   SoundofMusic
    Well, patients can be a pain, but the difficult co-workers only make the job of caring for patients all that much harder. It's the sullenness of so many co-workers that I find difficult to deal with. Sour faces, sullen attitudes, poor communication abilities -- it seems almost impossible at times to have a really good morale and a positive sense of teamwork.

    It' seems, at times, on my unit at least, that everyone wants to be an island unto themselves. Once they're done with their work, that's it -- they seem to want to sit and surf the net, get on their cell phones, or whatever -- and you are alone with your own troubles. Many co workers just seem very self centered. And I feel the job of nursing really demands teamwork or it's too hard. That is the problem.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from LiveToLearn
    Pagandeva, lol! My dear brother tried this on my sister-in-law, until she told him if he did it again in on purpose, she would let her leg hair grow so long she could braid it. My sister-in-law fixed in her first week of marriage what my parents had been unable to fix in over 18 years
    God bless your sister in law. My husband tried today, but I picked up some mosquito repellent and told him I will get rid of that pesky finger tonight.
  5. by   NeoNurseTX
    lab & pharmacy!!
  6. by   SweetLemon
    without a doubt other staff members!!!!!!!!!! :scrm:
  7. by   *guest*
    LOL. It seems like EVERY job that I work, where the majority gender is female, there are ALWAYS "problems", "issues", or "drama". I really hate to say that..but it's been unmistakenly true so far in this short-lived life of mine..and I am only a spring chick.
    Last edit by *guest* on Aug 24, '09
  8. by   PostOpPrincess
    I love my colleagues; they are fun to work with we have great teamwork.

    I cannot say the same for patients because it is hit or miss. Some days we have wonderful, normal people. Other days we have the crazies come out...the kind who say..."I don't understand why I have (any) pain....um...helllo...you just had surgery...?
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from NeoNurseTX
    lab & pharmacy!!
    Yeah, because our collagues extend past our units. There are other 'monsters' out there to get us...
  10. by   GooeyRN
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Yeah, because our collagues extend past our units. There are other 'monsters' out there to get us...
    Agreed!
  11. by   nerdtonurse?
    Coworkers...the patients usually leave (by the basement door or the front door, but they leave). Coworkers can be there for YEARS....
  12. by   cgalio01
    I have to agree that families, certain ones, are really a pain but they are as afraid as the patients most of the time and just want to be reassurred that you are in control of the situation, once they know that they are still annoying but I can deal with them. I think by far, the Administration, is a real pain. They second guess you and interject when they are not even aware of the circumstances they are attempting to "resolve". They should know their nurses and have faith in the ones that know what they are doing and leave us alone. We are not dealing with a cookie cutter society, where one size fits all. Every situation has different solutions and because mine is not theirs, does not make them right.
  13. by   trustsupplyguy
    Perfection Bullies (PBs) are the worst type of toxic co-workers. They start the shift all stressed out, and expect everything handed to them on a silver platter. They are especially hard on new nurses. Everywhere I've worked I've encountered one, and I even had one as a teacher when I was in nursing school.

    The PB where I'm at now got booted out of the medical unit, and now she's on the psych unit. When I first started, she reamed me in report for not having prepared her clipboard. After that, most of my co-workers started telling me not to feel bad, because they too have been victims of this toxic co-worker's bad attitude. It was like a rite of initiation, and now I was part of the group.

    This type of co-worker explains the meaning of the saying, "Nurses eat their young." PB's create a hostile work environment that leads to poor communication, increased errors, stress, poor morale, and higher turnover. I'd rather deal with patients or family any day! They may take up more of my time, but they usually respond well to respect and reason. PB's, on the other hand, are highly irrational, and you are stuck with them!

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