This is how I feel as well on most days. When I follow certain RN's on my floor, I KNOW I'm going to spend over half of my shift 'cleaning up' after that person. It's not being petty, it's expecting them to do the JOB that they are paid to do. The exact same job that I'm paid to do. When you sign off an order, it means you've made sure that the order was carried out(labs entered into the computer, consults called to the appropriate Dr, etc). The same person is notorious for signing off orders and not entering them into the computer system. The person has had this pointed out to him numerous times and cops an attitude when told. SO from now on, he gets written up. I've tried to play nice with him and he's been less than receptive to constructive criticism.
I'm well aware that you don't have a secretary to answer the phones and put the orders in, or an aide to run the pt to OR or radiology on day shift. Guess what? We don't have that on night shift either. Nor do we have a respiratory therapist or a housekeeper or dietary staff!!! So, I gotta do all that in addition to my regular RN responsibilities.
I know things will not change where I am currently employed but since I HAVE to work to support my family, I put up with it. As do my coworkers. Until they get fed up enough to move on but I don't have that option since I've been blackballed by a previous nurse manager with an axe to grind against me from the remaining hospitals in my small town. Sad but true.
I take good care of my patients, they tell me this regularly. I'm also a team player. I just get irritated with certain coworkers who don't care about their nursing practice.