Quote from CaliBoy760
I've been working the NOC shift (6P-6A) at a county correctional facility for a couple of months now. One of the nurses who I relieve from day shift refuses to do a narcotic count with me at the end of her shift. She makes the excuse that it's already been done when I arrive, and the RN backs her up on this.
Every time I come to work, I ask her politely to do the count, and every time she refuses. Luckily, there are other nurses that understand Nursing 101, and will assist me in the count.
I have informed my nursing supervisor of this problem, and his response was that "hopefully you two can work it out...".
I have no intention of jeopardizing my nursing license because some other nurse refuses to do her job, but, I'm becoming increasingly agitated when I know I'll have to ask her again, and she will again refuse.
You've got one nurse who refuses to do the narc count, the enabling RN who has a memory lapse about the purpose of a narcotic count, and a profoundly disinterested nursing supervisor.
I will speculate from what you've said, your dilemma is more of unit culture beyond the specifics of the narcotic count. If so, you've got an uphill battle ahead of you. These groups tend to circle the wagons when they feel a new person may disturb the unwritten rules under which they operate.
If you otherwise like your job there, and if you are not impeded in your efforts to have another nurse do the count with you, that is realistically the best option for now, having only been there a couple of months.
After a few more months, you may learn more about the inner workings of the staff there, or perhaps decide to move on because your anxiety levels are higher than your ability to tolerate the substandard practice you observe. Sorry you are facing this, hope it all works out!