My Coworkers are Driving Me Nuts

by tnbutterfly - Mary tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN (Admin) Educator Columnist Innovator Expert Nurse

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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gere7404, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room, CEN, TCRN. Has 5 years experience. 658 Posts

“Nobody told me I was getting a patient!”

”can you call back to give me report? I’m about to do a med pass.”

”I can’t take report right now, I’m in an isolation room.”

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,128 Posts

Aw man! And here I thought @tnbutterfly - Mary was going to roast the rest of the Admin/Mod team

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 29 years experience. 3,557 Posts

8 minutes ago, Rose_Queen said:

Aw man! And here I thought @tnbutterfly - Mary was going to roast the rest of the Admin/Mod team

Give her time, she just might 😏 


Robmoo, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in BSN, RN, CVRN-BC. Has 26 years experience. 135 Posts

Not plugging in the equipment when they are done with it.  It is frustrating to grab the virtual interpreter machine only to find out that the battery is dead.

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience. 149 Articles; 2,669 Posts

When the charge nurse tells you you're getting your 3rd admit but her BFF has 2 empty beds and no admits

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg. 155 Articles; 5,913 Posts

14 hours ago, Rose_Queen said:

Aw man! And here I thought @tnbutterfly - Mary was going to roast the rest of the Admin/Mod team

HA HA HA!!  Verrrrry tempting..... But then they would have a free shot at me.

Leader25, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 39 years experience. 1,294 Posts

While the lazy ones who spend the day trying to hook a doctor can be annoying,unless the patient is in danger I can pass it off.It is the rude belligerent ones that are a big problem,from staff to management.Usually administration knows who they are and choose to ignore the problem,even after client complaints.As a new nurse I was really shocked and sad,but many years later I hold my own and do not take any nonesense from anyone. Some of the bullies even have lied by claiming that The bullied nurse made them cry!.This type of person makes whole profession look bad and causes high turnover.If one has a problem with alcohol and drugs go get help and stop bringing your problems to work.We want to have a nice working unit.



Has 6 years experience. 1,007 Posts

This isn’t necessarily task-specific but apparently I’m the only one who fills ice trays in my office. Several of my coworkers don’t use the ice because they drink bottled water or buy lunch and get water from there, but I fill my Yeti every morning.  I’ll crack the ice trays into the bucket, use the ice scoop to scoop some out, refill the trays with water, then repeat the next morning. If I’ve been out for whatever reason, I’ll go back to find the ice bucket completely empty and either both ice trays empty or one tray empty and the second tray half-empty where someone else popped it to get the cubes they needed for their drink. One of my coworkers even made the comment that she likes it when I’m back because the ice works better. I told her that anyone can do it and she said “I know” and walked off. 

No Stars In My Eyes

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience. 3,313 Posts

Back when I was working at a hospital, I used to wonder if I was the ONLY person who would replace an empty roller with a roll of toilet paper, in the nurse's bathroom.

2BS Nurse, BSN

Has 9 years experience. 670 Posts

 "There was finally a policy initiated but I think they continued to do it".

This. Policies are rarely enforced. IDK if they were enforced in the old days, but staff are now allowed to run amok because they can't find a new replacement.

No Stars In My Eyes

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience. 3,313 Posts

I began, upon each entrance into the bathroom, to check the roller, AND to see if there was a spare roll or two there, as well. The fact that so many nurses could leave the following visitors WITHOUT ANY TP , just blew my mind. (smh)



Has 8 years experience. 546 Posts

On 7/19/2022 at 5:32 AM, NightNerd said:

Letting the IV pumps beep... and beep... and beep... Not only is it annoying to the patient *and* me, it means they're not getting what they're supposed to be getting! I'll go and fix the pumps when I hear them, but I have some coworkers who I swear don't check on their patients at all, so by the time I actually get there, they're pissed at *me* and have a list of demands ready. Ain't nobody got time for that!

When there's an agitated and aggressive patient that we're all getting beaten up by, and the primary nurse won't do anything about it - like only won't they contact the MD or security, but also won't even help control their own patient. Seems to happen a weird amount on my unit.

Also, having videos or music on with your volume up. I get it, sometimes we're just tryna stay awake, but I haaaaaate listening to other people's stuff.

I'm realizing I just don't like noise. I think I picked the wrong profession.


On 7/19/2022 at 10:20 PM, Nurse Beth said:

When you're assigned to get a patient from ICU at 1400 and the patient comes at 1850

Ooooooooooh 😡