Hi everyone. I am a critical care nurse. I love my job and everything that comes with it from my fellow staff members to the puzzles of patients. I was given an orientee who will be transferring to the ICU after 8 months on the floor floating between med surg and tele. DUring her two weeks with me, I noticed some red flags. She has a lack of interest in new things ( a code was called and when I told her to jump in she responded with "do i have to?") She has a very blase' about the ICU. Because it was her first two weeks in ICU, the two of us had fairly simple patients, liver failure and respiratory distress/ pneumonia. This was perfect for her to time manage two patients with a lot of charting. She was drowning, even with constant reminders and prodding (and I do realize time management does take time) But most concerning was her lack of basic learning skills. Inability to read basic ekg, what labs pertain to what, what some medications are for, placing a pt on NC at 15L, skin checks, etc. I am concerned enough to give me supervisor a little heads up but i'm unsure how to write an email regarding this type of situation without coming off like a bully. Can anyone give any advise how to word these concerns in a professional manner?
thanks in advance for your help!