Jump to content

How do you work with the "SUPERNURSE"!!!

Posted

Specializes in LTC, Surgery.

You are reading page 2 of How do you work with the "SUPERNURSE"!!!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

eriksoln, BSN, RN

Specializes in M/S, Travel Nursing, Pulmonary. Has 15 years experience.

I know exactly what you mean. When I was a CNA, I worked with someone like this.

She "got in" with management right out of school. She did a very good job FOR A NEW NURSE when she went the her first job on a M/S unit (where I knew her). She got a highly aclaimed award from the hospital, worked with students a lot, precepted new nurses and everything.

Now, if the story ended here, nothing wrong. But, as time went on, she became more interested in keeping up her image than in keeping her patients happy/well. She became overconfident, started barking orders at veteran nurses and was very mouthy with other staff. People kept up their false pretenses with her because, well.......se WAS a management favorite. She became one of those "God talks through me, using my wisdom and skills to save lives" types.

I remember working under her on a couple midnights and she'd not go in a pt. room more than once during a tweelve hour shift. Too bussy gossiping at the nurses station and making sure her paperwork (the stuff most of us do after report) was perfected. I was a student nurse at the time and did A LOT of care for her (oral care, emotional support......anything that could be safely fluffed off onto a CNA).

When I graduated and left that hospital, I understand from fellow students who went to that unit that she got worse. Flipped out on patients who hit the call bell for things she didnt like, told management she wanted a special title/position or she was leaving. She was unbearable. Didnt get the assistant manager position she wanted (one of her friends she gossiped about all the vet. nurses with backstabbed her to get it lol) and left. Dont know what happened after that.

"Supernurses" such as these are why people are so cautious to give anyone in the nursing field their deserved credit. People like this take a pat on the back and get delusional.

RochesterRN-BSN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych, ER, Resp/Med, LTC, Education. Has 6 years experience.

I have found that frankly managers just don't deal with this stuff no matter where I have worked. You make complaints and they go no where. To me this is a huge problem--management just has no clue how to deal with these nurses either so they just don't. I think they are intimidated by them too--lol Hell I have a doc where I am now that has all of staff hating her in both hospitals she works in --I have worked in both of them-- try complaining about a doc!! That doesn't get addressed either!! I really wish that all these "nurse managers" would actually ummmm......oh maybe MANAGE!!! and GET A BACK BONE!!! That "nurses eat their young" mentality will never end until people do something to stop it....and that starts with the managers!!!

ozoneranger

Specializes in Acute post op ortho. Has 30 years experience.

The one I worked with criticized me or printing, instead of writing longhand.....:bluecry1:

I got pulled to the floor she had transferred from and discovered that they threw a 'gone' away party.........after she left.

They extended their condolences to our nursing staff, but refused to take her back (a cruel non-return policy on their part).

Some years later I heard that 'little miss perfect' tried to poison her husband & when he got sick, she panicked..... dumped the poisoned stew over the fence.... her neighbors dog ate it & died.....where is the 'shocked' emocon when you need it?

What do people do about just the opposite nurse? I have 3 on my weekend in which everything is an emergency. One shouts from the room....usually for a 4x4 or a towel. ( My BP goes up) One runs around in circles and on the busiest of days is filling out a page 2, transfer sheet.......on a patient that isn't hers. Another checks up on all of us, all of the alarms and if we don't jump like she does then we are a piece of ****. I go crazy every time I have to work my weekend. I like to be calm and collected but if I don't get chaotic, which I usually don't, I feel like an outsider.

To post #18, In my hospital we have a current manager that worked her way up with her management connections. I was opposed to her all along the way because to me I saw her as a nurse that did not take good care of her patients, did not help her co-workers and would not stand up for what was right. She became manager anyway. But along the way she was dangerous, myself and another nurse were falsely accused of doing a procedure on an alzheimer's patient that she did not want. Her HCP, a nurse was with us at the bedside and agreed to what we were doing. The brown nose did not realize that. To this day I know she cannot out perform me at the bedside. And I will never be management because I can't kiss ***.

LilyBlue

Has 10 years experience.

I have a couple on my unit. One is hilarious, and truly non-harmful to anyone but herself. She jumps out of chairs so fast when the telemetry alarm goes off that she has fallen, even broken her ankle once. One spends so much time running her mouth that it gives you a headache. I have learned that she talks so much, very little actually gets contemplated in her head. when she's charge, she nonstop talks about how difficult it is (not really, I'm charge too sometimes) and how nobody is as competent as her (yes they are) etc etc etc. While she's running her mouth, I'll inconspicuously drop little subliminal messages to her: "Wonder what Mr White's potassium is, lots of PVCs up there". And five minutes later I'll hear her, "OhMYGOD, Mr Watson's potassium is 2.1, I swear I'm glad I'm on the ball because these docs sure aren't! Am I the only person who looks at these labs anyway?"

lol.

ozoneranger

Specializes in Acute post op ortho. Has 30 years experience.

I have a couple on my unit. One is hilarious, and truly non-harmful to anyone but herself. She jumps out of chairs so fast when the telemetry alarm goes off that she has fallen, even broken her ankle once. One spends so much time running her mouth that it gives you a headache. I have learned that she talks so much, very little actually gets contemplated in her head. when she's charge, she nonstop talks about how difficult it is (not really, I'm charge too sometimes) and how nobody is as competent as her (yes they are) etc etc etc. While she's running her mouth, I'll inconspicuously drop little subliminal messages to her: "Wonder what Mr White's potassium is, lots of PVCs up there". And five minutes later I'll hear her, "OhMYGOD, Mr Watson's potassium is 2.1, I swear I'm glad I'm on the ball because these docs sure aren't! Am I the only person who looks at these labs anyway?"

lol.

So, she works at your hospital too?

Dang, that woman gets around....:D

Tait, MSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Prof Practice. Has 14 years experience.

The one I worked with criticized me or printing, instead of writing longhand.....:bluecry1:

I got pulled to the floor she had transferred from and discovered that they threw a 'gone' away party.........after she left.

They extended their condolences to our nursing staff, but refused to take her back (a cruel non-return policy on their part).

Some years later I heard that 'little miss perfect' tried to poison her husband & when he got sick, she panicked..... dumped the poisoned stew over the fence.... her neighbors dog ate it & died.....where is the 'shocked' emocon when you need it?

Oh my!

ktwlpn, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Homecare, Hospice.

Have any of you ever worked with someone who feels like they do everything and everyone else is lazy? I work with a great bunch of nurses. We just have one that thinks she is the only one that works, she's the fastest, everyoe else is lazy, she's the best IV starter, etc., etc.. She has been a nurse for sometime, I would say about 15 + years and tells me (I've only been a nurse sine 06') and another nurse (who has been a nurse just over a year) how lucky we are to be working in our department. We work in the surgery department. She tells us that they rarely hire new grads to the department and we should be grateful to be there. She normally only works the pre op area and gets mad if she does have to float down to post op (which rarely happens) she says she can't stand being in endo (it's gross: per her), the PACU nurses have cake jobs because they only have one pt at a time, I have never seen her do a procedure (chest tube, bone marrow bx, etc.) until the other day when she was made to go in to see how to assist in a chest tube placement. She is really bringing everyone down. We have tried to go to management and they did pull the pre op, post op, PACU, and endo nurses together for a meeting so we could all vent our concerns. We have not seen anything come of the meeting yet and its going on three weeks now. She like to go to our department manager alone and voice her concerns. She can turn the tears on at the drop of a dime. The sad part is that I have really liked her up until the last couple of months. She is always saying she needs a new job...I say GO! I have told myself to just avoid her and only have a working relationship with her but her rude remarks and how she treats us is getting crazy. What to do?

Don't be her victim-when she is rude and treating you like crap deal with it at that time.And just wait-she'll dig her own grave. People like her have to put everyone else down to make themselves feel good-she is obviously insecure with her skills or she would not be afraid of every procedure...I work with a supernurse that does everything all day long...." Oh.I'll do it " and " Oh I'll do that" until she has 20 things to do and has done nothing. And she also knows everything about every resident. I got tired of running around like a crazy person and cleaning up after her at the end of the shift so when it's just her and I on the unit we each take a side. It's LTC so it's different for me-I bite my tongue all day long and watch because she gets herself into tight spots all of the time. What the french? What world do these people live in that they really believe their standards are so much higher then the rest of us? Sheesh....makes me tired...

ozoneranger

Specializes in Acute post op ortho. Has 30 years experience.

Oh my!

She actually went after me for weeks wanting to know why I printed instead of writing in cursive. It got to the point that I printed just to aggravate her.

Several other nurses started to print just to get her goat......:D

Mr Ian

Specializes in mental health; hangover remedies. Has 15 years experience.

Funny you should say that...about a month ago she showed up to work with a black eye, said her son elbowed her. That one cleared up and she came to work with another one! This time she said her daughter and her were messing around and she got hit. Another nurse told her one more time and we were going to have to start thinking she was lieing to us. She hasn't had one in a couple weeks now.

Does she take break alone and/or seldom talk social chit chat and home life?

Does she treat male patients differently to female patients?

Does she react differently to male authority staff than female ones?

Does she avoid situations that may involve clinical/professional conflict?

I'd guess the first colleague to sit down and talk to her as a human is likely to get a flood of tears and an insight into a not so pleasant life.

kishinne

Specializes in medical surgical ward and operating room.

ohh..thats too bad....it should be a teamwork..that kind of action with what you called the "supernurse" is somewhat a selfish act...all are up to doing each responsibility in the working area.if anyone in your unit does have this kind of attitude it will not work...it may have a conflict between staff nurses..

ma_82

Specializes in med-surg, cardio-thoracic icu's.

We have also in our area. Credit to her, she's 20 yrs plus already in nursing profession as LVN. If a new staff will come to us, she can be a mother figure. can give you cakes that she bake but one minute she will make young girls cry out of small mistakes ( understandable cause its been only for a month) and will scold people in front of so many crowd. Of course this will make the whole word know that she's doing the right thing compared to others. I've been tolerating her cause I am working for the pt , and besides she's not my boss. By the way most of my colleagues experiencing this. We are thinking to complain her, but we knew that this will lead us to nothing.

And she's also older to our nurse supervisor.

We are working only for few years in that area but for her, its almost half or her life she spent there.

We just ignore her, so that the story will stop or else, the whole shift will become a radio station to our ward..

zuzi

Specializes in trauma, ortho, burns, plastic surgery.

In all jobs you will find a " supernurse-SN". In my carrier a found couple,looooool.

A supernurse profile? LoooooL

Sex: could be man or women

Gender and identity: a lot of SNwomen act like men in their "supernursing" or questininig them identity , a lot of SN men - still questioning them identity or act like "the man- the SN". SN is not balanced at all!

Nationality- could be from anywhere is a extended international phenomenon SN, lool

Experience: couple of them just came from the school, and they want to PROVE that are SN and act like, couple of them are still at this levels after 10-20 years of profession.

Goal of SN: to have a "cushion job"... I fallowed couple of SN a long the years... In the moment when they became "the entitled owner" of a SN cushioned well paid job, they stopped. SN is not happy with her/him self, has a lot of internal and external problems, some of them have family problems, identity problem, drugs problem, addiction problems, medical problems, are very very sad cases.

Why they are tolerated? Because each nurses group need a SN - controlable, management know about them and know that a SN could be manipulated, because she could not say "I don't, or I don't know" on the high levels. A SN took her power from the the low or equal level nurses interaction.

The positive points: a super nurse sometime know much more than you can imagine and if you talk with her in a appropiate way she is a very resource source. I knew one... I learnt from her in couple of month much more than I had learnt in 10 years in a decent nursing environment.

My advice: individual personailties could not be changed, but could be approacheble, or not. For a SN always you will be (less than her, to brown when she is too white, and to white when she teint her skin, loool). For a SN your skills are to low for here, or to high for what "we use here". From the top to the bottom, everythink stink! You are LOW, she/he is the best achievement ever! LOOOOL!

Interact and communicate in a USEFULL way with a "SN" if you can't leave it. Chain of comand is not working all the time...loooool, you will learn in tume why.

I reasign from my last job because of a SN total unbalanced and tolerated like that!

You can't change the world, but you can choose with who to be around. Don't let bad people to pull you down...and transform you ...in "a SN" looooool.... life is beuatifull... make your job with hapiness... and try to find a REAL SUPER NURSE, who value you LIKE NURSE AND HUMAN BEEN.

A biiig hug! :heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat

jstbreathe

Specializes in ER, ICU,. Has 8 years experience.

""" Of course, the next night RT caught her after she turned a vent off on a CPAP pt. who was trached. It had been alarming while she was suctioning, and in her arrogance she turned it off, never dreaming she'd forget to turn it back on. We kept mum, but she knew she'd been caught flatfooted. After that, her demeanor toward me changed somewhat. She wasn't God's gift to critical care, and she knew that I knew it."""

REALLY???? wow!

I am afraid I work with someone like that too. She will not admit when she is wrong. She thinks she is always right, and everyone else is stupid and lazy!! Drives me nuts!!

southernbeegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Rehab, Infection, LTC. Has 16 years experience.

i cannot believe you people are talking about my perfection like this. i've worked at ALL of your facilities and I know who you are. you are going to rue the day you talked about ME on the internet!

meluhn

Specializes in acute rehab, med surg, LTC, peds, home c. Has 16 years experience.

The way I deal with people like that is right up front. If she must run her mouth do not sit there and take it. If she criticizes you and she is wrong about it, come right back at her with why she is wrong. If she says something stupid and petty just say, "Well we can't all be super nurse like you". By saying something like that you will expose her for the know it all that she is and hopefully embarass her into shutting up. By giving it right back to her she will probably back down, but if you let it go, it will keep happening.

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.