Does anyone else ever get tired of "stupid" nurses? - page 6

I swear I am so tired of nurses that can't think for themselves and don't think for themselves. I am the weekend house supervisor for my LTC facility. This means I am in charge of pretty much... Read More

  1. by   Onanon
    This is my biggest complaint with nurses, I bump into it daily, thinking you are better because you have more experience. I always here about how afraid nurses are to lose their license to the point of thinking it is better to wait for some with more authority than they have. If they do not wait they are sometimes chastised for making a decision.

    Yeah nursing is a complex environment but you eat your own and wonder why no one wants to stick their neck out.

    Personally If I heard someone in managment taking the attitude that a new nurse isnt competent, my first question would be why havent you done more to build confidence in them? I know the answer; you do not know how to instill confidence. Rather be critical to annoint your position than make the profession better.

    Not too long ago I was being interviewed for a DON position and the administrator heading the interview said "I am well aware how lazy nurses have become over the last 10 years... I used to manage a ward with 35 patients and one tech and it worked well."

    My response was that she had put me in an untenable situation. I either had to suggest that the staffing level was unsafe or she was a liar. Needless to say I did not want to continue the interview.

    Ok I have more than made my point but in my opinion nurses are the worst at managing people.
  2. by   zdiddy44
    Here is the thing I've noticed with the nursing profession.

    It's over polluted because the attractive price paid per hour. The majority of nurses I work with all hide behind this, " I can legally give medication window." Did you know that there are only 7 states in the USA that mandate the administration of medication by nurse in a hospital setting. Yes, 7! An over obsession with this medication bit is a joke. Hospitals lose money by abiding by these make believe rules.

    Another sad thing about the health care service industry is that hospitals are overly obsessed with a "nursing coordinator." Or this whole "BSN required" management positions. I don't know about you, but where does all this business experience come in nursing school. Sure, maybe a medical ethics course is offered to BSN's, and maybe you've taken a health administration course along the way. But in now way, does having a BSN prepare someone for the business aspect of the health service industry.

    Here is my point. I've seen great nurses, and seen ****** one's; overall, I believe, the majority of nurses are high on themselves and view themselves as little doctors. Nothing further from the truth. This profession is slowly turning into a joke and every day I lose more and more respect for this profession.

    Oh, and this nurses eat their young ********....It's like a little right of passage. It's a lame attempt for nurses to exemplify their **** ass career. Don't disrespect people who are new to the profession. You are a joke if you do.

    ZDiddy, RCIS
  3. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    [FONT=Arial Narrow]First of all, I want to say that I work w/ a bunch of wonderful nurses (and CNA's)!! I work in hospice and see pts in LTC and ALF. One of my pts in a 96 y/o with end stage dementia. Bedbound, nonresponsive to anything except tactile stimulation, eats 2 or 3 bites of food a couple of times a day, etc. When I made my visit yesterday morning, the ADON at one facility asked me to get an order for PT on this pt. I nearly laughed out loud. Are you kidding me? She told me that she noticed her RLE was beginning to contract and PT should be able to help her. I did, however, send a text to the NP with the request of the ADON. I wasn't aware that the NP was in the facility and about 20 minutes later she found me @ the nurse station charting and whispered in my ear, "Are you smoking crack?"
  4. by   Catch22Personified
    Ok reading this thread annoys me a bit as it really turns into a cycle of blame and anger. I'm a new RN and just got my first job.

    Oh no I've never did a urinary cath on a patient Am I dumb? I never have done a tracheal suctioning until yesterday, am I incompetent? I glad I have preceptors that ACTUALLY teach me so I don't end up like the people the posters in this thread are talking about. Hell, I've never seen a CPM machine until yesterday because I never was on an Ortho floor in clinical.

    A lot of us we just don't have experience so we do make this horribly stupid sounding responses.

    I work in LTC and to be honest I have no seen a single nurse with a stethoscope. Is that a bit unnerving?
  5. by   PillpacknLPN
    Quote from Huq
    I have worked with wonderful nurses and not so wonderful nurses.

    In my experience the Lack of knowledge, laziness of work ethic group are the ones who are so tight with administration that nothing would get them out.
    This too is my experience! I never thought that it would be this way in nursing. I understand that some employees. are only at work to get a check. There is no way that admin can lead and follow. In the mean time patient suffer the consequences...
  6. by   cinja
    You should see the level of incompetence I run into when I fly into these rural ER/ICU's The term is Inter Facility Transfer but in actuality its a Inter Facility Rescue. The issue that I've found is multi- factorial, the celebration of ignorance and lack of work ethic is endemic. We're told by our management to not say anything or offend and just package the patient for transport and lift off. Talk about touchy, I tried to show a rural RN some things I had noticed on assessment and apparently I offended her to the point that she complained on me. I give up, I going to leave direct patient care and explore other options before I really come unglued and tell it like it is.
  7. by   jadelpn
    Wow. Working in an isolated ER, I always make sure my information for report is complete, but like to actively participate in the transport assessment--mainly because in the helicopter is NOT the place to make critical discoveries. It is just not good practice. And I always learn something new--after all you all are at a higher level of care hence why the patient is being medically transported.
    Sounds like the nurse in question had an axe to grind, or a confidence issue so she took your words defensively.
    That's why we call you--higher level of care--for the good of the patient I would hope that you would go through my assessment completely. I have an ER and lots of backup. You have a very confined space and one other person. Doesn't make nice if something goes sour that could have been discovered to begin with, but the nurse was too defensive to let you do your job.