What do I do with a nasty nurse? - page 3

I am at my wits end. I am ADON/ House Supervisor in LTC facility. We have several new grads hired to work PRN. We do give them lots of orientation. They orient on all shifts due to their PRN... Read More

  1. by   netglow
    I agree imintrouble, but the OP described this nurse as being nasty - not simply being without the love of teaching.
  2. by   llg
    Quote from not.done.yet
    What would you do if this nurse gets hit by a bus tomorrow? Nobody is indispensible and if they are, there's something wrong with the way things are being managed.

    Exactly. No one should be indispensible. Her behavior should not be tolerated and she should be told that in no uncertain terms. If orienting new nurses is part of her job duties, she must be competent in performing that responsibility or be fired. Period.

    If you have sufficient senior staff members so that precepting is not required of her, then you can do that. But you cannot allow her to continue being incompetent in her job. So, if orienting is part of her job -- she has got to be competent at it. And bullying should never be tolerated.

    It is your job as supervisor to assure that ALL of your staff is competent to fulfill their duties and to take action if someone is not -- even if that staff member is a senior member of your staff. Allowing such bullies to get away with it only lets the bad behavior continue and causes more problems than ignoring it avoids.
  3. by   GitanoRN
    Quote from DixieRedHead
    I have no choice with whether or not she precepts. And I don't have a choice of whether to write her up or not. I must. Thank you all for your imput.
    First of all we all have choices and you as the ADON have the right to deal with this situation as you see fit. Furthermore, make sure you have everything in writing and signed by her, for example: all of the times her manager has writing her up & counseling has been offered. Moreover, this same situation occurred where I work, the nurse continued her behavior & was placed on leave for 1 week without pay; it changed her attitude. Unquestionably, this nurse is setting an example to the new recruits and not a positive one. Keep in mind if this continues others will follow. Best luck to you and your staff, Remember keep everything in Writing~
  4. by   lumbarpain
    Have you heard both sides of the story, The nasty nurse and orientees privately?
    Have you actually heard the way she speaks with the orientees?
    Obviously she(the nasty nurse) has issues that she is not speaking of that bother her and she appears to be taking it out on the most vunerable of nurses.
    Maybe she was orientated this way and fiqures its payback time.
    It sounds like anger thats redirected at these orientees.
    Does she focus on one particular thing all the time when she IS nasty? Like meds, hygeine of the patient, etc.
    She may be protecting herself so that SHE isnt the one to get blamed for things going wrong especially with orientation. She may worry that a new nurse will do something wrong and she will get the heat.
    This isnt an isolated incident , she may have personal problems underlying her outbursts, maybe alcohol or drug abuse or family situations at home that she isnt talking about.
    have you talked with nurses that are close with her in a round about non threatening way?
    Hope I helped.......keep me posted...Good luck.
  5. by   Jaimie.RN
    Hardest part is disciplining? Our manager gets this nasty screwed up smile when she writes people up all day. She loves it lol.