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Bruin's Mom

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych.

I believe you missed the:

"Wannabe RN" LPN who can't keep her nose out of others business, does very little work and expects the RN supervisor to pick up the rest.

The "Up the DON's *** LPN/CNA/RN who snitches out everyone else on the shift over stupid stuff, yet is too dumb to realize that he/she is being watched also.

The "I want to be the DON but can't RN" and bosses everyone else around while never getting done and is collecting overtime every paycheck while the rest of us are still poor.:D

The Scared Out of Her Pants Student: Nursing student reading post on AN praying God, please don't let me fall into any of these categories when my day comes! :lol2:

The perfectionist/OCD patient Generally these are little old ladies. The ones who you have to assist to the bathroom and then wait while they count out 4 squares of toilet paper and have to have it folded just right before they can wipe.

The better-than-everyone-else nurse The one that sits at the desk and when asked for help cleaning a patient states that she didn't go to nursing school for 3 years to wipe butts.

word!

Five&Two Will Do

Specializes in cardiology/oncology/MICU. Has 3 years experience.

I believe you missed the:

"Wannabe RN" LPN who can't keep her nose out of others business, does very little work and expects the RN supervisor to pick up the rest.

The "Up the DON's *** LPN/CNA/RN who snitches out everyone else on the shift over stupid stuff, yet is too dumb to realize that he/she is being watched also.

The "I want to be the DON but can't RN" and bosses everyone else around while never getting done and is collecting overtime every paycheck while the rest of us are still poor.:D

Is that the same LPN that is constantly complaining about RN's and feels some what shafted because they do not make as much money but clearly know as much if not more than all of the RN's combined? This is also the one that for some reason just cannot quiet seem to find the time to go back to nursing school because he or she is too busy going to the club getting drunk and making sure everyone knows about it on monday. They seem to have quite a bit of baby momma/daddy drama too.

Waiver: This is in no way a jab at LPN's. There are many many great ones out there. If youi happen to be an LPN who finds this comment offensive, I probably AM talking about you!:lol2:

Five&Two Will Do

Specializes in cardiology/oncology/MICU. Has 3 years experience.

word!

To yo momma! LOL

ErinS, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice.

The Altruistic Manager? What on Earth is that? Are they like ghosts, everyone swears they exist but no-one ever actually saw one? ;)

I have actually seen a ghost. Not so much the manager...

I am just kidding, I have had the privilege to work with some great managers. They don't last long. The old staff that do a crappy job hate them and the administration who are willing to keep the old staff that do a crappy job because God forbid anything ever change hate them. So they have to have a backbone of steel and even then can't seem to last long.

THE 'THANK GOD YOU ARE WORKING WITH ME NURSE': your coworker who is willing to help out, capable, competent, and with any luck has a wicked sense of humor. May be few and far between, but they are the reason I can still come to work. Because they remind me that I truly am part of a healthcare TEAM.

JUST BECAUSE I WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL DOES NOT MEAN I AM A HIGHER CLASS CITIZEN THAN NURSES: the doctors I have had the privilege to work with who treat nurses with respect and acknowledge that sometimes the nurse knows best. I even worked with a doctor who told pt's "You should ask the nurse that, as she has more experience with that particular piece of your case than I do". Amazing!!!

So I have some good positive ones to add...

Five&Two Will Do

Specializes in cardiology/oncology/MICU. Has 3 years experience.

I have actually seen a ghost. Not so much the manager...

I am just kidding, I have had the privilege to work with some great managers. They don't last long. The old staff that do a crappy job hate them and the administration who are willing to keep the old staff that do a crappy job because God forbid anything ever change hate them. So they have to have a backbone of steel and even then can't seem to last long.

THE 'THANK GOD YOU ARE WORKING WITH ME NURSE': your coworker who is willing to help out, capable, competent, and with any luck has a wicked sense of humor. May be few and far between, but they are the reason I can still come to work. Because they remind me that I truly am part of a healthcare TEAM.

JUST BECAUSE I WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL DOES NOT MEAN I AM A HIGHER CLASS CITIZEN THAN NURSES: the doctors I have had the privilege to work with who treat nurses with respect and acknowledge that sometimes the nurse knows best. I even worked with a doctor who told pt's "You should ask the nurse that, as she has more experience with that particular piece of your case than I do". Amazing!!!

So I have some good positive ones to add...

I love those people too! We have a quite a few of those docs here at this VA and those nurses in this ICU. I keep asking myself if I have won the lotto or something. I like your attitude. I bet it would be fun to work with you!

Caffeine_IV

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

The Right On Time Nurse: When you are swamped to your eyeballs or your patient is going bad and that nurse finds you in the room and lends you a hand bringing your head back above water. Always there..before you call.

The Magician: You saw them take report and you know they clocked in but you don't see them anymore after the beginning of the shift and whenever you happen to call them..they are supposedly tied up in a patient room.

The Manipulator: The patient who tries to pit staff against each other. They tell the tech that you take too long to bring their pain medicine. They tell you that the CNA didn't bring you a blanket asked for an hour ago or that the nurse from the previous shift stuck them 9 times for an IV (all false things of course). Who knows what they say about you?

Why did you come then? The patient that refuses the important meds, lab draws and eats outside food versus the proper diet. They complain that we make rounds and ask them questions. Why did you come to the hospital ma'am or sir?

JeneraterRN

Specializes in OB, Med/Surg, Ortho, ICU. Has 3 years experience.

The "yes I'll come in on my day off" nurse/CNA:. These are the ones who sacrifice personal time to save your keister on a short staffed day. Gotta love them!!

The social worker that loves her low paying job:. Our social worker should have the title of miracle worker.

"The puppetmaster - Hitting the call button like its Jeopardy! And they've got the answer every 5 minutes."

Hilarious, you are awesome and I think I am in love with you, lol!

"The narcissist" - always going online and writing judgmental things about their co-workers, and taking heat from forum readers

OK, you just have to stop now because my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard!

uh oh, i just recognized myself...I'm the one who tells you all about something my dog did this weekend while we're wasting your med. I do pick up quickly the eyes glazing over and zip it, but yup that's me.

TonyaM73, ASN, RN

Specializes in MED/SURG STROKE UNIT, LTC SUPER., IMU. Has 10 years experience.

Nola, me too! You're in good company

TonyaM73, ASN, RN

Specializes in MED/SURG STROKE UNIT, LTC SUPER., IMU. Has 10 years experience.

The retired MD family member: The one that comes in at the last minute of your shift and tells you that you need to have an order for this, that, and the other thing stat! (sorry sir, your family member's doc did not order that for them and I can't take an order from you)

rnlately

Specializes in LTC, Acute Care. Has 6 years experience.

How about the:

"My (insert the relative) works here patient"

And you think that entitles to to preferential treatment, why????

I have a couple:

BAD!!!!!!!!!

CNAs who SLEEP during night shift, don't check/change anyone, then scramble around (with a bad attitude) doing full bed changes for 20+ incontinent residents.

The nurse who is supervising said CNA, knowing that the CNA is sleeping and doing nothing.

GOOD!!!!!!

CNAs that you can trust when you take over their assignment, because everyone is in good shape.

Nurses that write up/send home the CNAs that don't do their jobs and are a waste of space and oxygen.I would truly rather work short than with lazy, unpleasant people!

chicookie, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds Hem, Onc, Med/Surg. Has 8 years experience.

Some of these are hilarious!

The Gang/mafia members: group of nurses that if you are in that group, they cover each other like its no bodies business but if you aren't.... well sucks to be you because they won't even look at you. :D I was part of the Filipino mafia. I'm not even Filipino but OMG they will go above and beyond for one of their own.

The Jester: EVERYTHING is funny. Everything is a joke. While fun to be around, I don't like to crack jokes while a patients insides are falling out.

The actually sick patient: These patients are actually sick. :D

TonyaM73, ASN, RN

Specializes in MED/SURG STROKE UNIT, LTC SUPER., IMU. Has 10 years experience.

The actually not sick anymore patient: The ones that were sick, but we have made them much better. This is the one that for some unknown reason the doctor has not discharged them yet, but they suck up more of your time because they feel so much better to be able to **** and moan and complain that you did not get their 2nd cup of coffee quick enough for them.

(REALLY? I am so sorry that I took so long, that guy in the other room should have come back from the CODE quicker so that you could have your coffee!)