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Mother Jones, RN 09-27-2007 03:03 PM

The Impossible Boss
 
I'll be frank, working for my boss is like working for Ghengis Kahn. She's a little storm troop, but instead of wearing boots, she wears high heel shoes. I'm having a really hard time dealing with her right now, and I wanted to know how other people deal with their impossible boss.


:party:

Julie 09-28-2007 04:05 PM

Luckily I have a great boss, but I know how awful the kind of person you describe can be. I think that the main thing is not to rise to the bait of these people, to be pleasant and courteous and to give little reason for them to complain. Trouble is I guess they still do.

Any other ideas anyone?

jojodow 09-28-2007 08:36 PM

I'm sorry, I'm like Julie, I have a great boss now and had a great one before.

Now before I left the hospital we had an assistant-type clinical manager who was a terrible floor nurse and tried to pull the a Nazi act with our ways of doing things.:hmpf:

Everybody kind of humored her to keep the peace but then went on doing things the way we always did (Things that actually worked for our unit....the things she wanted us to do would only work if our unit had smaller patient-nurse ratios...like 3 to 1).

She didn't say anything...of course she was never actually on the unit to supervise anyway.
:shot:

Julie 09-29-2007 03:19 AM

Maybe what Jodi says is the key to this. People who act in this way do it becasue they aren't confident in their own ability either as a clinician or a manager. I guess as employees we only make things worse if we play into the hands of the behaviour and just let them get away with it.

KimRN 09-30-2007 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Mother Jones, RN (Post 1449)
I'll be frank, working for my boss is like working for Ghengis Kahn. She's a little storm troop, but instead of wearing boots, she wears high heel shoes. I'm having a really hard time dealing with her right now, and I wanted to know how other people deal with their impossible boss.


:party:

High heels is psych??? I did that once, and that was the night a patient got confused and ran out the fire exit and onto the roof. True story!

My boss isn't impossible, I just never see her unless she comes in before the night shift is over. We sort of manage ourselves; Most of us are veteran nurses of over 20 years so we don't need much managing.

I've had some doozies, though.

Marachne 09-30-2007 03:17 PM

The last time I had an impossible boss, I quit. She was crazy, literally -- had a manic break after going on a week-long silent medication retreat. None of us knew she was bipolar before that. She stayed home from work for only one day and then came back to work, really too soon and, as far as I was concerned, putting her patients in danger (she is a chiropractor/acupuncturist).

Anyway, after getting so depressed that I was having SI, I realized I was in a totally toxic environment and had to leave, even though I had no job, no prospects, and limited skills.

It was the best decision I ever made. Besides making me happy and healthy, it was what led to me going back to school and getting my RN!

Polaris 09-30-2007 06:01 PM

You could always try taking in a liason and meeting with her. Then you'd have a witness. Start off with something like "I feel as if there is a great deal of tension (or whatever) between us and I'd like to make a commitment to resolve that. I'm hoping you can make the same commitment to me so we can build a professional nursing team on our unit."

That may open up the door to a conversation where you can either get her on your side or at least find out why she's such a terror and whether it's worth it for you to stay.

Working for a nasty boss is not worth it, I think. But maybe you can turn things around.

Good luck!

geenaRN 09-30-2007 06:57 PM

I say prank her. Fill her office with those tree shaped air fresheners.

:whistle:

Polaris 09-30-2007 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by geenaRN (Post 1558)
I say prank her. Fill her office with those tree shaped air fresheners.

:whistle:

:highfive::highfive::highfive:


LOVE IT! That's a good one. Will have to add that to my recipe list.

jojodow 10-01-2007 08:59 PM

Speaking of pranks... I had one co-nurse that actually bought a Blow Up doll (you know...the kind made for...um...men to ...um..You know)
First she pranked the charge nurse. She put it in an empty patient bed and then went to the station to ask what that unannounced patient was doin in there. The Charge died laughing when she walked in the room.

And to show you how cool my former boss was...same nurse put same doll in her office chair to greet her one morning. She thought it was hilarious too.

We just worked in the kind a place where an occasional hearty laugh is very much appreciated.


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