Irritating Coworker - page 2

Wondering how others would deal with this situation. I am a nurse who recently started working on a very small unit at a different facility. One of the nurses there picks at me and corrects me... Read More

  1. by   jlcole45
    I personally would just bluntly let her know that her advice is not welcome. Say it once and walk away. Don't stand there and debate it. Don't sugar coat it with compliments about other stuff - it will loose it's effectiveness. And definitely don't apologize!

    Something like "You know I may be a new nurse here but I not a new graduate and I don't appreciate you trying to tell me how to take care of my patients (or whatever the scenario is)" Then look her start in the eye and then walk away.

  2. by   medsurgrnco
    Appreciate all the responses. I haven't worked with this nurse much, and have been puzzled by her behavior, so have been biting my tongue while trying to figure out what's going on and how to address it.
    I realized tonight that all this started the first night I was charge and worked with this person. The nurse told me what patients she wanted for the night. I did not give her the assignment she wanted, explaining that I had those patients the 2 previous nights and so wanted them back. Then she started in on me on the piddly stuff. This nurse appears to have a scam going with the other nurses where she doesn't have to work much due to how they agree to divide the work up. She also is very friendly with everyone, and others seem to all really like her, but this is probably her scam to lmanipulate the workload, learn all the gossip and pass on her nasty remarks about others.

    So now that I've figured out what the heck her problem is, I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with it. Option 1: assertively respond that I already knew the information. Option 2: sarcasm/humor. Option 3: Have a little chat in private telling her I find her behavior offensive and asking her to knock it off.

    The last shift we worked together, I was tired and wasn't as good at ignoring her. On one stupid remark she made, I laughed and said that I was passive/aggressive (which fit the context of her remark). On another one, when she complained about how I did a task for her, I just gave her a puzzled look like why do you think I didn't know what I was doing?! Next time she wants to pass a task off to me, I'll tell her to do it herself since she doesn't think I'm competent (or something like that).
  3. by   sissiesmama
    Quote from medsurgrnco
    Sent a PM. Trying to remain anonymous on this forum, and I don't know who reads posts here.
    Hey - found this thread tonight and wanted to comment. I can remember 1 person in particular that I had this type of issue with. It can be "uncomfortable" to say the least. I respect you trying to remain anonymous becauce you are taking the high road asking for opinions on handling this as a professional instead of trashing her. Pleas feel free to pm me if I could be of any assistance.

    Anne, RNC