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  1. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    My sincerest thanks to all who have given me their input, particularly those who have done so in a respect, thoughtful way. 90% percent of it has been helpful and supportive. Then there is the 10% who have told me I'm being whiny, petty passive aggressive and basically deserve to be fired. I'm not sure how to label future threads in a way that make it clear that it's a vent- I'm not sure when allnurses became a place where it was unsafe to complain about a bad day or bad co-woker. (think there is already a thread about his on the hot topics area?) despite the limited picture of who I am in this thread, I can assure you I am not thin-skinned, jealous or petty. One of my closest friends at work is an older much more experienced LPN who rubs a lot of folks the wrong way, because she is very assertive and quick to call out B.S- she is also meticulous, and one of the best teachers I have ever had- I get along with her because when we work together I ask questions, allow her to explain things to me and I jump out and help on days her patient load ends up being heavier then mine- Last week she offered to make some phone calls for me while I was swamped- she said to me "I don't do this for a lot of people, but I know you work your butt off and would do it for me" Having said all of that, I truly hope those of you who have been a little insulting don't end up getting kicked while you are down- or maybe that's what has happened to you in the past and why you do it to others? I'm taking a break from this thread- frankly a lot of it is making me more cranky, and I really need to shake off this mood before I return to work on Monday morning. Cheers.
  2. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! The above things you stated are some of the many things that irks me about Suzy- she makes BIG mistakes, but jumps on any little one anyone else makes and honestly, no one else on here has forgotten to sign out a med???????
  3. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    thank you.
  4. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    thank you! Despite all the claims that "you're just jealous, I have enough sense to know this is not a good situation-despite having some short lived management gigs in previous jobs, I truly hate the position and as far as nursing goes, the only way I would consider it is after many years- as a newbie, I am much more interested in learning all I can about being on the floor than taking responsibility for others/telling them what to do, thank you very much
  5. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    thank you Leslie this was why I came here I just wanted a place to vent, a little support and an acknowledgment that after a really crappy day sometimes politics and certain personalitles can send one over the edge I appreciate your input truly, and take to heart your advice
  6. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    Holy Buckets, I'm wondering if anyone read my response to the initial query of whether this is just personal where I gave several examples of her being incompetent and dangerous I think nearly shooting a non-diabetic patient full of insulin, which was only averted due to the patient being alert is a big deal I think not doing any assessment for a new admit, who btw turned out to be very confused, kept trying to elope and ended up needing alarms and NOT reporting it to night shift to pass on to AM is a big deal ( patient was sleeping all night, night nurse had no clue either I think not doing a lovenox shot for someone due at 8 PM but then asking night nurse to do it at midnight is kind of a big deal am I wrong?
  7. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    Is it so wrong to acknowledge that it just plain sucks when yes, you made a mistake, but so just lots of others and is just happenstance that you were the one caught holding the bag so to speak?
  8. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    thought I did own it when I said "not an excuse I know" what else were you looking for?
  9. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    Sigh, sadly no dropper to blame it on- had to have been pharm, and neither or I or the six nurse who signed off on it before me caught it either, not an excuse I know but clearly I was not the only one not eyeballing that bottle carefully enough Pharm really has overfilled them in the past, I know because I have caught it several times myself when a new bottle was delivered- instead of just logging "120 mL" like it should be I have poured out the extra over the 120 line, measured it then written down what it actually was (127.5 mL or 130) Clearly whoever took delivery of that bottle on Thursday PM shift did NOT do that
  10. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    ???????????? thanks for the support?
  11. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    I appreciate your reply, but few things 1. As far as the meds not being signed out, whenever I encounter that I start by checking the bubble next to the date to see if the med was given and not signed out, or not given- big deal if it's not given, but maybe check first before making a call? Isn't that just part of being a good nurse, gathering all the info you need before calling someone, whether it be a physician or anyone? 2. Second I can assure you it is not jealously, LOL- I have zero interest in management, never had in any of my jobs- I intend to go straight to NP after several years of experience 3. She is verging on incompetent sometimes- once a patient who is alert and does not get insulin was almost given insulin by someone I THINK was her- I can't prove it, but he described her, just couldn't give her name- he said the nurse was very insistent about it, and only after about three refusals by him she did not give it never returned with an explanation or apology to him Two weeks ago she reprimanded for not getting all of the paprwork on a new admit who came 10 minutes before the end of my shift, but the very next day an admit came on her shift while she was working the floor, and despite staying overtime, did not get any of the paperwork done???? I came in the next day knowing nothing about the new fella, and I was left to pick up the slack, despite the fact that his skin assessment not being within 8 hours means the facility owns any marks the patient may have- oh, and night shift reported off to me that she forgot lovenox shots for two patients and said all casually to the night shift nurse at midnight "Oh I forgot these, can you do them?" WHAT was she doing for ten hours? finally I didn't mean to sound cavalier about narc being off, but she had the blessing of management to waste it with a witness, a call to the DON was needed?
  12. dinah77

    New Grad Co-worker driving me NUTS!!!!

    Sorry if I wasn't clear- I did not intend to debate the merit of her experience during clinicals, I meant it to demonstrate the way she presents herself- after the fourth of fifth time of her saying "just like in the hosptial!" a co-worker finally said, "Oh which hospital did you work at?"' during report, she mumbled rather sheepishly" Oh, um I haven't..I meant during clinicals" If you saw it during clinicals, then SAY THAT- nothing wrong with being a new nurse dangit, we all gotta start somewhere
  13. Okay, full disclosure, I am still pretty much a new grad on the floor myself with a whole whopping seven months on the floor- I work in a very busy TCU, with a patient population that ranges from Total knee replacement A&O x3, to higher acutity with us to see if they need LTC services in the near future Having said that, here is what I have learned on the floor thus far about being a new grad 1. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times 2. Ask questions all the time! 3. Be very honest about what do you do and don't know from the get go! which as a new grad is NOT MUCH 4. Addendum to #3, be humble 5. Obvioulsy follow all rules and company policy to keep management happy but first and foremost form good bonds with your co-workers, especially the more seasoned knowledgeable nurses- you need them more then you can ever know initially! Having said that, one of my coworkers is driving me frickin' nuts, and is the EXACT OPPOSITE of eveything I wrote aboved She's a new grad in her mid twenties, been on our floor two months- very OVERLY confident- refuses to admit she doesn't know something, in fact for the first two weeks she had managed to trick me- whenever we would explain a new procedure/tx on the floor with a patient in report she would say " Oh sure just like in the hospital!" which I thought meant she had worked in one until I found out SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT CLINICALS anyhow, due to being a family friend of the one of the higher ups she got position as a shift supervisor after one month on the floor- ( the word on the street is that she plans to stick at our facility as a supervisor for a year so that she can go have her pick of hospital jobs) I told her straight up when she told me "You're crazy to take that job- I wouldn't have- it's stressful for nurses with 20 years on the job" So basically she is overly nice Suzy sunshine , but really passive agressive too- yesterday was a hellish day at work for me- one of my patient's went into crisis, every annoying demanding family member that has someone on our floor all visited at once, several meds were missing resulting in more work phone calls for me to pharmacy, etc. THen PM shift pulls a no call/no show, so after waiting for 1/2 an hour past my shift to go home little miss Suzy is gonna take the shift so I report off to her- I explain my hellish day, how all I wanna do is get the hell off the floor and she is all sympathetic- so what does she do as we are counting narcs? a bottle of liquid oxycodone is a little OVER (thank god not under) the # of MLs in the book ( my theory pharm over filled it a little initially, they have done so in the past) She creates this big drama about how " I'm not signing off with you until this is resolved!" and gets managers from other floors who happen to be hanging around haivng just all completed a meeting on our floor- Most of the managers were just like " Just be happy it's not under, just waste the extra" BUT OH NO!Suzy has gotta get an official stamp from the DON, calling her at home while she has taken the day off to visit her new grandbaby I finally get out of there, and an hour later I get a VM from my actual manger sounding weary, stating "Suzy has found a few meds you forgot to sign out, you need to call us so we know what meds you didn't give" (okay, bad I know, but given my constant interruptions during med pass yesterday I'm surprised I got half of them signed out- we are old school, use carts, cards, and paper charting- and I ALWAYS give all of my meds, wanna know how you can know? MAYBE CHECK THE EMPTY BUBBLE NEXT TO THE DAY'S DATE) This btw, in light of a conversation I had with Suzy where I made it clear that no one should call me at home for little things that can wait until the next day- correction, you can call me, but if it is petty, I will not call you bak on my own time, sorry. In short, how do I work with this newbie without punching her in the Larynx? If you read this far MANY THANKS
  14. dinah77

    Start a free "clinic"?

    This is huge! I will absolutley be in touch with you after some more research and I start to get this off the ground a lot more- what an amazing job you have!
  15. dinah77

    Start a free "clinic"?

    Thanks Mariah! If this thing actually takes off, I wil journal my process both for my own reflection and to possibly help others..
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