How would you have handled this?

  1. I used to work with a bunch of goof offs and did my work AND theirs. I did not get any extra compensation, and they didn't get any less. So...I started to report their behaviors and lack of finishing their duties..I am an RN and they were LPN's...5 of them...banded together...don't get me wrong, I'm not picking on LPN's at all...just this tight group who bullied their way around things. Long story short...I WAS ASKED TO LEAVE!! about not fair...Management said it was easier to get rid of one (me) rather than five (them). That was really tough. Went through a lot of turmoil losing all my residents at one time, having good people wander what I "did". Tough times made me tougher and realize just how bad management really was there. I am now in a much better place, and those friends and family who DID believe in me...still do...and comfort me more than they know when THEY tell me how unfair the situation was.

    What did I learn? Take care of myself no matter what. If those LPN's or any other member of the team goofs off...I don't worry about it..That seems callous...but the low down is this: The resident will complain or their family will and then those that are goofing around will get in trouble. Still isn't fair to the co workers or even the residents...but isn't it sad management doesn't listen when the charge nurse reports in an appropriate manner...and she's the one who gets cut down at the knees?

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  3. by   MALE*RN*777
    Alot of management at least in my experience, and just not nursing, don't want the confrontation. They will say things that make it sound as if it was your problem and you don't know how to handle it but in all reality they want you to work it out without involving them. Again this is from my experience. The less they have to deal with the better. Don't let this get you down. I think sometimes those in management with a BS take courses on how to BS their way out of things.... JMO
  4. by   Jo Dirt
    I don't know, what were they not finishing? Seems if they were really messing up that bad the unit would be really in a state of dysfunction and nothing would be getting done, and with your leaving and all total chaos would ensue.
    Sometimes people may not perform up to standards another person thinks they should, but unless the situation is putting other people at risk there is something to be said for people who can go along to get along.
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    It really depends on the culture of the facility. My last place fired me and I think it was largely because I don't suffer lazy butts gladly. My new place does everything by the book, doesn't worry about state audits, and stomps on cliques and gossips like a giant a gnat.

    It hurts. But you'll have new residents to care for soon and you'll move on. But it's going to hurt for awhile.

    I'm finally at the point that I believe they did me a favor by firing me. I'm getting to see what a decent facility is like.
  6. by   banditrn
    April - sounds like they did you a favor, altho it may not seem like it now.
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    april, i wish i could tell you that this was a unique situation but it isn't

    however, ignoring bad behavior is not good for your patients..don't do their work . write up and demand back up from mgn

    you are legally responsibile for all those who work under you [really your license]
    problems really arise when they began to slide and they get away with it
    if you nip problems in the bud it helps keep them from becomeingg overrwhelming
    i have hard of the it is easier to replace the one than the whole floor but these management people will lose THEIR jobs if state puts the crush down
    good luck..i hope you don't run into these same people in another facility