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Old 07-01-2007, 06:31 PM
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It's hard being a charge nurse. Here are some of my pet peeves.

1) A nurse calls in sick on their weekend to work again.

2) The boss leaves a gapping hole in the staff schedule and tells you to deal with it as he/she is walking out the door for the night.

3) Doctors who dismiss my concerns about a patient because "I'm just a nurse."

4) Doctors who keep having problems with their beeper, and who refuse to call me back in a timely fashion.


What are some of your pet peeves?

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Old 07-02-2007, 05:26 PM
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Staffing calling me 100 times a day for the stupidest things.

Shift Supervisors who don't move patients. Well, until ER has one to send us. THEN all of a sudden there are beds in the house!

Co-workers who can't compromise or get along with others.
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:29 PM
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I forgot to mention supervisors who call me on my day off at 6 AM to see if I can come in at 7 AM to work the day shift.
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Gaa. Try calling at 6:30 to fill a 6 a.m. slot--and I worked until 2300 the night before.
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:10 PM
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Nurses who spend their entire shift on the internet playing You Tube videos.

And no, that's not me! LOLOLOL!
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Kim, you're lucky. The nurses don't have access to the Internet at our hospital. They don't want us to waste time with "unproductive activities." Our hospital administrator doesn't understand that blogging is a very productive activity
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Not necessarily just related to charge, but I HATE it when an IV pump beeps, and a nurse goes into the room to take care of it but doesn't silence it while he/she is trying to fix whatever the problem is.

Or they're turning a patient when the tubing gets kinked and the pump needs to be re-started, but they just let it beeeeep beeeeep beeeep away.

It always makes other nurses have to stop what they're doing to go investigate the beeping, only to find that someone else is taking care of it already.

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Not necessarily just related to charge, but I HATE it when an IV pump beeps, and a nurse goes into the room to take care of it but doesn't silence it while he/she is trying to fix whatever the problem is.

Or they're turning a patient when the tubing gets kinked and the pump needs to be re-started, but they just let it beeeeep beeeeep beeeep away.

It always makes other nurses have to stop what they're doing to go investigate the beeping, only to find that someone else is taking care of it already.

The silence button is not just your friend.. it's everyone's friend!
Too funny! In my unit we all seem to have different levels of "beep tolerance" - oh my, that's a post right there...gotta run and blog.....
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Beep tolerance....what a wonderful phrase. I don't know if it's because I worked the ICU for so long and everything beeps there or that I just choose to tune things out but I have a very serious problem with beep tolerance. There are many times when I am standing right next to the beeping sound and I just "don't hear it." I can't tell you how many times I've been told by my peers who have come in to silence the IVAC machines, "What are you, deaf girl?"

But on the other hand, I can hear a monitor alarm or a ventilator alarm a mile away.
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It drives me nuts when a nurse answers a call light at the desk, then goes to find someone else who can take care of it. Why not just do it yourself? It took them 10 minutes to track down a CNA to help someone to the toilet. They could have had the task done by that time.

Then they go back to the desk and pull out a magazine.

ARGH!
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