2/19/13

The one idiot that wrecks it for the rest


We might all have horror stories about that one employee or colleague who just shouldn't be in their job. Maybe it's the cranky old hag who's just sticking it out for another year before retirement. Maybe it's someone you just can't get along with no matter how hard you try. You dont have to get along with everyone, but in nursing you have to in the least get away with cooperation. That's of course harder when you're dealing with ice-cold personalities.

How do you deal with misfits in the workplace? Do you have a terrible co-worker? How many have in fact reported bad care observed in a co-worker? How do you confront bad nurses?

Post some thoughts here to help others. Let's just say the passive aggressive approach may be the one we all choose, but it may not be the most effective :P.

7 comments:

  1. Time wounds all heels.

    Unless you have disciplinary responsibility and authority, the only thing you can do amounts to professionally shunning the offender, and making sure they don't have anything to do with the patients you're responsible for. I'll pass on concerns to the charge nurse for routing up the food chain, but usually it was three monkeys named HearNoEvil, SeeNoEvil, and SpeakNoEvil that hired and permit the continued employment of such walking disasters in the first place, so in my experience, they seldom show the slightest interest in doing anything proactive about showing them either their failings, or the door. And in fact management tends to view those raising legitimate concerns as troublemakers and boat-rockers, and would always rather shoot the messenger instead of fixing the problem.

    Thus poor employees are almost always a symptom of poor supervisors, and a sign of poor management.

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    1. Agree with your insights in your second and third paragraphs. Very true. Love your names for the three monkeys up the food chain. That must be a universal truth. Personally, I am finding it to be more true of civilian nurse managers. I was a military nurse for 20 years and have been more and more disappointed in the people put in charge in civilian institutions. It seems to me that managers without the skill or knowledge to manage is a huge problem in nursing. So huge in fact that after 35 plus years, I am thinking of leaving the profession.

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  2. Not only are we failing to report poor behaviour, we're also failing to report nurse negligence and other poor workplace practices. It's very hard, but we need to stand up and be heard.

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    1. So true, that we must stand up and be heard. However, after 17 years of working in civilian institutions (after 20 years in military medicine); I am tired of the fight and thinking of giving up. It should not be so hard to do the right thing. I have often been in leadership positions, where I have the responsibility and ability to influence things being done right. But in job after job, I run into nurses in positions above me that are not qualified to be in their positions. Mostly they are afraid to stand up for what is right. And I am getting tired of always being the squeaky wheel.

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  3. That is crazy. I do not understand how people that have such a serious job do not take it seriously enough to were they they think it is ok to make mistakes and have poor behavior at their work place. Being a nurse is a serious profesonal job. you are dealing with someone elses life and they ae in YOUR hands. I guess some people just don't know when to grow up. The best way to deal with it is to confront them and if they don't take it seriously then go to someone who has a higher position than you; and maybe then they will then get put in their place.
    -Good luck

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  4. there are 3 people that most don't like at mine. i make assumptions based on what people tell me...then through time i actually get to know them, understand them, and see why people don't like them. it's usually a misunderstanding and in the 3 people i know on the 'list'...all 3 don't care what people think about them. now...i actually get along with all 3

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