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My boss is/was the devil!

Posted

Specializes in M/S,TELE,ORTHO,ER. Has 14 years experience.

Thought this might be a good place to vent anonymously. I had a boss one time who started her shift in the morning griping about me calling in the night before only to be told that I was,in fact, admitted for a complication of pregnancy. I never said anything about it but she sure lost herself some popularity points that time!

How about the boss who wants you to "move that pt right now"? Excuse me, but will you be the one getting on th elevator with this very unstable pt? This is usually the type of "leader" who thinks that compliance is directly related to how unpleasant/downright rude they can act.

My list goes on...

How about the manager who assures you that he will provide good references for you and then insures that you are not hired! How long does it take you to find out that your good reference is, in fact, blacklisting you! That's the cake if you ask me!

MrsWampthang, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency room, med/surg, UR/CSR.

How about the manager who assures you that he will provide good references for you and then insures that you are not hired! How long does it take you to find out that your good reference is, in fact, blacklisting you! That's the cake if you ask me!

You must have worked for the same boss I worked for at one time. She was a fruitcake! She finally got put on leave because her behavior had become to erratic then she was told that she was not welcomed to come back to her department, that if she came back to work at the hospital she would have to apply to some other department with no guarantee of being hired. Too bad I was already long gone by that time. I would have been standing in the hallway applauding as she walked out of the building for the last time.

Pam

1TachyRN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac, Adolescent/Child Mental Health. Has 2 years experience.

Here's one:

One of my friends was in an incident involving a patient and our boss went back afterward and falsified charting and attached my friend's name to it.

She had second thoughts about it later and did go back and undo what she had done, but still.

Fortunately my friend had the forethought to print out the documents before the changes were made (she had an inkling that something like that would happen).

I don't work there anymore....

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

How about the boss who whined to me about how my back injury was going to inconvenience her?

sweetsounds

Specializes in M/S,TELE,ORTHO,ER. Has 14 years experience.

That stinks! Reminds me of a friend of mine who, back in the day, entered a patients room to find him hanging by his posey vest. When she hurt her back rescuing him she was chastised because she "could have found a chair or gotten some help."

loricatus

Specializes in ED, ICU, PACU.

That stinks! Reminds me of a friend of mine who, back in the day, entered a patients room to find him hanging by his posey vest. When she hurt her back rescuing him she was chastised because she "could have found a chair or gotten some help."

Don't you just love the 'should have....', 'could have...', 'would have...' management style mixed with the fear and intimidation style one minute, then passive aggresive next minute, followed by a few belittling remarks that patients can hear and some serious upper managment butt kissing, all in an attempt to divert attention from their incompetency------wait a minute---------that's my manager! :trc: Never mind

How about a boss who tries to deny time off needed for major back surgery?!? She told me she would not grant me the time off due to staffing shortage...I even had a note from the neurosurgeon explaining why I needed the time off. I immediately went over her head to her boss; the next day I received an apology & got the time off needed for my surgery! :banghead:

Altra, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

This is usually the type of "leader" who thinks that compliance is directly related to how unpleasant/downright rude they can act.

EXCELLENT quote! :yeah: :smokin: :up: :banghead:

Aneroo, LPN

Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

Sounds like one of my old ones- refused my leave for delivery of my child, and since I hadn't been there a year (and receive FMLA) I'd have to be fired and then rehired, if my position was still available. He told two other pregnant people that too (don't drink the water. LOL)- needless to say, we went over his head and all complaint to human resources. There was something in the employee handbook that we could do a LOA instead. Great nurse, poor management.

I've had these kinds of managers too- black & white thinkers who see things in extremes & you'd best stay out of their way & not cross them!! These people make the WORST managers IMO- and I've had all kinds!! They bring morale down amongst staff but for some reason admin. never sees it b/c it- (as always)- boils down to dollars & cents- NOT happy employees!! :twocents:

You must have worked for the same boss I worked for at one time. She was a fruitcake! She finally got put on leave because her behavior had become to erratic then she was told that she was not welcomed to come back to her department, that if she came back to work at the hospital she would have to apply to some other department with no guarantee of being hired. Too bad I was already long gone by that time. I would have been standing in the hallway applauding as she walked out of the building for the last time.

Pam

Why wasn't this person fired outright - or was she a contract worker?

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

In my experience, people like that get promoted, not fired.

My ex-boss (Trauma Services) suspended me after I told a fellow co-worker to "watch her back".....My ex-boss/friend then......told me confidential information about my co-worker and her plans to get her fired.

Although I took the suspension....as soon as I returned to work I went directly to HR....numerous meeting and documentation later , I was paid in full and my employee folder emptied of the suspension.

for 3 weeks after.....she made my life a living hell.....(I documented everything) and then finally met with the VP and asked to be returned to the ED.

This boss was fired.....yippie!!!!!

Iam46yearsold

Specializes in ER,ICU,L+D,OR. Has 25 years experience.

How about the Nurse manager who complained about me taking to many vacations, even though I am only part time and have plenty of PTO. That did not bother me in the least. Everyday of my vacation, I sent her a wonderful post card Of me in Jamaica while they were in a cold snap. Saying the weather was great and the beach was even nicer. I came back with such a nice tan. She did not even remark on it or all those post cards she got.

sweetsounds

Specializes in M/S,TELE,ORTHO,ER. Has 14 years experience.

Thanks so much for the previous post, hilarious! Is there a word for that-something like passive-aggressive but in a GOOD way. Brilliantly devious maybe. Whenever I think of something like that I just laugh to myself "it's just too good." I guess I'm a wimp on the carry through.

Anyway, my addition to the boss from Hades...

I got called in for a meeting at 0700 on my day off to address issues of a disgruntled(and may I add completely whacked) patient. I had bent so far over backwards for this patient and even after that became apparent I really didn't get an "Atta girl." Did I mention that it is a significant drive from my home to my job? The pt/family were searching for anyone/anything to blame their outcome on because they were so angry, which I do understand. The issue basically what that they had waited 10 min or so which did not affect the outcome, or their grief, in any way whatsoever. It was so upsetting because their complaint had nuisance value if you know what I mean.

The only reason I kept my cool was that the assistant boss pulled me aside on the way to the meeting and said "You did nothing wrong. Your care was picture perfect. These people are crazy..."

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