This is a classic example of nurse on nurse aggression done covertly and surreptiously. It is a definite way that nurses are known to act wrongfully to other nurses by dumping a large assignment or one that is too difficult to handle. The why question is irrelevant. I don't care if you love your race or moral beliefs or whatever it is. Nurses are not allowed to do this and it can be reported to your state board, FYI. There are many ways in which nurses can manipulate this into being and it is just flat out wrong. The victim of this abuse has no life after work because of the mental and physical exhaustion. Staffing only looks at the number of nurses to patients not how they are divided up. I have had this happen to me over a matter of ethics. This was many years ago when this problem was not identified. Assignment delegation though is a key way to show favoritism, hurt someone or get rid of someone undesirable.
It is a real shame that people in the medical field are not team players. All these people who are champions of tolerance and cultural diversity are such hypocrites where it comes to their own ideas, race and beliefs. So much for tolerance. Why doesn't the nurse with zero patients get up and help their team? It would be one thing if you have no patients and are lending a hand with the admission process or involved in patient care. It is another thing to be sipping coffee, chatting with friends, checking out Facebook, resting or texting whilst someone else is running around. My biggest contention with this scenario is that it is near impossible to ask for help. If that patient is not that nurse's responsibility, the nurse in charge of that patient is limited in what they can ask help for without being falsely accused of poor time management or getting 20 questions. "Is this necessary right now?" "Why are we doing it this way?" blah, blah, blah. Just get up and help!!!
I am an English speaking lighter skinned person and I am a minority in my community and hospital. I'm not making this up. Of the nurses in our unit, myself and one other nurse are totally English speaking Americans. The rest are from other countries. The skin color is not my problem. The language issue very much is. Discussing medical decisions and pertinent data in Spanish is near unconscionable to me. But it happens daily. The patients demand it. They refuse to speak English. No other nationality is given such preferential treatment. I understand in other communities where Hispanics are immigrating that they are being forced to learn English. Here, if you don't speak some Spanish, it is horrible the treatment one gets from patients and staff with that one issue of communication. In addition, it is difficult to get a job without being bilingual. It is so hard to constantly be in need of a translator. My children have been cussed out and reported to management for not speaking Spanish in their respective jobs here. It is rude to the Americans that have graciously opened up this country to immigrants fleeing a very bad situation. Without any regard for what has been done for them, we are being treated like foreigners in our own country. And the nurses who are bilingual at times have no regard for these facts.