Doing the unit assistant's homework...

  1. How ridiculous is this? We have this one evening/night UA who is, to put it bluntly, a nutjob. She can be really aggressive and hostile. She was once selling beaded ID lanyards, and when I was still really new on the unit, literally handed me one and said "I picked this one out for you. They're twelve dollars." So the other night I was in our Transitional Nursery (the room on L&D where we stabilize the kids right after delivery before they go to the NICU), which can be the busiest assignment in the unit. So she comes in, hands me a sheaf of handwritten papers, and goes "Type this for me, dear. It needs to be double-spaced." It was a paper for a class she's taking! I was so shocked (and frankly scared of this woman) that I just did it. Saying no would have meant lost lab slips, misdirected messages, and just endless trouble. I mentioned it to someone later, and it turns out she's been making several of us do her homework. Not just typing stuff she's written, either - she made a friend of mine do her math homework and got mad when she couldn't finish it by the end of the shift! She yelled at the last girl who typed one of her papers because she got a C for not having a conclusion. She tried to get me to do it again tonight, but I told her I was too busy, even though I wasn't. I went to tell one of the other girls she's been doing this to about it, and lo and behold, there was another handwritten paper on my friend's desk, waiting to be typed.

    I know that the solution is to tell one of the supervisors, but I have to pick my way through the politics very carefully. I don't want to get her fired, but I want it to stop, but I also know that if she gets in trouble and *doesn't* get fired, she can and will make all our lives miserable. And if she *does* get fired, I have no faith that a large proportion of the nurses won't hold it against me. She's got a pretty good scam going, eh?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   crissrn27
    You have some weird dynamics going on there. This girl is crazy (but pretty smart, lol). Good for you for saying no. Now continue to say it over and over! Try to get the other staff to say no, or it is not going to stop.
  4. by   Conrad283
    Say no to her and if she loses lab slips and what not, that'll make her get fired.

    That's a bunch of bull, and I wouldn't stand for it.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Conrad283
    Say no to her and if she loses lab slips and what not, that'll make her get fired.

    That's a bunch of bull, and I wouldn't stand for it.
    I agree!


    steph
  6. by   EmmaG
    Wow. What a nutcase. You know you have to report this, of course. In the meantime, get together with everyone else to assure a united front and all of you refuse to do anything of this sort for her ever again.
  7. by   bethin
    I agree with Conrad.

    She loses lab slips, she'll get fired. Sounds like a bully in the workplace.
  8. by   nightmare
    If everyone slipped enough "typing errors" into her work and she keeps getting C's maybe she will get the message.Personally I would tell her to take a hike...but then that's just me!
  9. by   Conrad283
    I bet she's in a union too!
  10. by   prmenrs
    What's she going to school? Not nsg, I hope!! This on top of your sick primary pt is just too darn much!!!
  11. by   elizabells
    Quote from nightmare
    If everyone slipped enough "typing errors" into her work and she keeps getting C's maybe she will get the message.
    Weeeeeeeellllll, I won't say I slipped any IN, but there may have been a few grammar errors I didn't bother to edit OUT.

    Quote from prmenrs
    What's she going to school? Not nsg, I hope!! This on top of your sick primary pt is just too darn much!!!
    I know, right? This happened on one of my rare "break nights" from that morass of sadness. And I'm not sure what she's in school for, but the paper was about the benefits of breastfeeding over formula. If I thought this woman could graduate from nursing school (not because she's not smart, because she's CRAZY) I don't think I could sleep at night.

    I think what I'm going to do is talk to the nicest of our charge nurses. Most of the others sometimes do weird things depending on their mood and I while I like them, I don't necessarily TRUST them. But this one guy I feel like I can trust not to throw us under the bus, whatever happens. I don't care if this woman never says another word to me, but she does have the power to make life difficult. She likes to make fun of my big-for-my-size hips, too. And tell me I'm the rudest child (!) she's ever encountered when I wait a beat too long to greet her when I get off the elevator. God help us all if she's really in nursing school.
  12. by   bethin
    Quote from elizabells
    I don't care if this woman never says another word to me, but she does have the power to make life difficult. She likes to make fun of my big-for-my-size hips, too. And tell me I'm the rudest child (!) she's ever encountered when I wait a beat too long to greet her when I get off the elevator. God help us all if she's really in nursing school.
    What? Are we back in high school again? Maybe she's never left high school.

    With the way she's going I wouldn't worry too much - she's going to get fired quickly. Put an ad up online for a new unit assistant.
  13. by   prmenrs
    Whatever you do, don't send her my way!! LOL
  14. by   pagandeva2000
    I read this story last night and got so angry that I had a stark raving headache. How dare this witch? Next time she places her work for someone else to do, you all need to deliver it to the professors who require that assignment. Better yet, everyone just go or write letters to the college for sending fradulent work. I am sure that she may do the same thing to some of her classmates.

    Seriously, though...if all of you feel the same way, it needs to be reported to both parties, your facility, as well as her freaking school because this is clearly not a nursing function and bottom line...she is getting graded for someone else's work!

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