At the time we do shift report, every one of us is undergoing a self evaluation as we report our day. Some may recognize it and communicate our lapses and "to do lists" at that time, some may not.
Report should contain my observations, what I see as goals, and the things I have suceeded at and have failed at as a template for the next nurses shift plan.They will then assess and replan priorities as they see fit.
If I have mostly suceeded in my goals for the day, and have communicated my concerns , I can go home with a clear head. If I forgot something, I will call when I remember it (usually in the parking lot).
OBTW, the example of the newbie you gave is an old joke among ICU nurses, in re: the easiest pt. is a pt. intubated and on sedation. No calls, no problems. Has nothing to do with a nurses values or propensities.
He just heard it somewhere, and thought it was cool to say.