Ok guys. I'm a new nurse. LPN. Just graduated in May. Got my license June 30th. Started working at a Nursing Home & Rehab center in August. Been on my own now for a total of 5 days. This little story is about my experience today with a charge nurse and an ARNP. I believe they are related. I apologize for all the details.
The supervisor is a new nurse herself (an RN, not even one year) and I noticed that she's starting to give me a little bit of an attitude and treating me like I'm stupid when I ask for help. Today I came up to her for help with two different residents. One was a new admit and had no meds in the cart, so I asked her to pull them for me from the electronic med dispenser. She says "You don't have any of these in your cart?" I replied with "I don't know I didn't bother looking." Because first of all --- isn't it technically illegal to take meds from one resident and give them to another?? This resident had 5 different meds .... I figured it would be faster to pull it from the electronic medication dispenser. (I am too new -- don't have login access yet - so she would have to do it for me.) I ALSO mentioned to her that I needed help with scanning in some meds.... Two days ago she handed me meds and told me that I would need to scan them into the computer. I never scanned them in but the next nurse said that she would take care of it. Well today I noticed that it's been almost 3 days and the box of Fentanyl patches for one of my residents has been untouched. So I asked her about it and she said that it has been a few days and she has been starting to feel a lot of pain. So I go to check the date on it.... but can't find it. We strip her down to her bra and there is no Fentanyl patch to be found. So I go ahead and slap one on her. Partially because it just made the most sense to me and partially because I believed that she hadn't received one yet because I never scanned in the meds. After explaining all this she acted as if I made a huge mistake for placing the Fentanyl patch on without seeing an order in the computer. AGAIN... i thought the order wasn't in the computer because I hadn't scanned in the med... silly, I know... So the charge nurse does some digging.... turns out that resident had a patch placed less than 72 hours ago.... (around 60 lol). I didn't see an order for it because it wasn't going to pop up to be changed until the next day. Charge nurse is all giving me an attitude and telling me that I need to call the doctor to get a new order. Well the other nurses that I mentioned this too told me that the charge nurse was being a little bit ridiculous... one of my coworkers who has been there (and a nurse) a lot longer than the charge nurse, helped me to call the doctor, left him a message and he never called back... At the end of the night the next nurse who took over for me just D/Cd and rewrote the order for me... Saying that it really wasn't a big deal or something to bother calling the doctor for. Basically what I've gathered is that she made a big fuss over nothing. I did the right thing by giving the resident her pain medication. WELLLL...... just a few minutes after all this went down... I go into the little office where I was keeping my purse and water in the mini fridge and I see the charge nurse in there with a couple other people. One of them is an APRN whom I've never seen before.
Twenty minutes later I'm back on my hall trying to pass out meds and the APRN marches up to me demanding "What can you tell me about Res Room ###??!" I told her honestly. I don't know anything other than what's on my report sheet. I only had for the first time yesterday. She replies with well "He's layingn in his room passed out." So I go to his room and I see him being stirred awake by the CNA. Obviously she exaggerated a little bit. Then she asks me what psych meds he's on. So I go back to my med cart. I read to her what I have for him on my report she and admit that I don't know what "CKD" is. She asks me when I graduated from school and then asks me why I'm caring for patients that I know nothing about. I pull up his MAR and attempt to pronounce what I now know is the generic name for Seroquel. She asks me what its for and I read it straight from the computer that it's for Dementia. She starts telling me that if she was State that I'd get a tag and that Seroquel is not for dementia.... that I'm supposed to question orders... bla bla bla. She asks me what I'm supposed to look for with antipsychotic meds? What is psychosis? ..... It was crazy.... And she kept trying to say that she's not trying to give me a hard time that she's advocating for me... I call bull. I'm sure that she BELIEVES that she is helping me (and in a way she did...a little...) but for the most part I feel like my supervisor came into that roo and started b****ng to her and whoever else about me being a new nurse, and so she decided to test me out and push me around to "teach me a lesson".
What do you guys think?
Are these two nurses being kind of ridiculous? Or is it just part of nursing to be made to feel stupid by your superiors? Challenge you into greatness or something? LOL. I mean seriously.. I've been on the floor for not even a month yet. On my own for just a few days.
I need some input please.