Ok, I never come to this site to vent, but this morning I just needed to.
Does anyone else but me find the following two qualities in a lazy nurse particularly INFURIATING?
1.) Getting out of doing work by playing "dumb," i.e., pretending you forgot until it's the moment before you go home and you ask someone else to do a task, telling me something I'm fairly confident you just made up on the spot but I have no way of proving, hemming and hawing during report, "Oh, wait, did I do that? Let me see..." We both know you didn't do it, my friend. No need to play games and take 10 minutes to break the news to me. I'm smarter than a 5th grader and I can read you pretty easily.
2.) (and this is the most annoying for me) Trying so hard to get out of doing work that they actually CREATE MORE WORK FOR THEMSELVES (and by themselves, I really mean others) than they had in the first place.
Example: when you came in at 12 a.m. and you picked up one of my patients, I told you she likes her pain meds on schedule, as soon as she can get them. Yes, the meds are PRN, but when she's ASKED REPEATEDLY for the meds just to be brought in as soon as they can be given, please just do it without making her wait, and then call when she's REALLY hurting. She had a c-section and she hasn't had great pain control, among many other problems, so maybe you could do her a solid and just try to stay on top of the pain issue. But no, you refuse to do this and have her call each time for meds. Additionally, when she last got 2 Percs at 3:15, she could have gotten them at 7:15, but you didn't offer them to her then, or at any time before you left at 8 a.m. Guess how this scenario plays out? Yup, you guessed it! In the middle of report, patient's husband comes to nurses' station and angrily requests 2 Percocets for his wife, who's "way overdue." Instead of stopping a problem before it starts, you created more work and hassle for all involved EXCEPT FOR: oh right, you! You get to waltz out the door at 8 a.m. because that's what you do.
Thanks for putting up with my vent. Anyone else have to deal with this nonsense?