I'm not sure how to handle this

  1. I've been an RN for 12 years now. Before that I was an LPN, and a Nurse's Aid before that.I what you call came up thru the ranks. Up until lately I've always prided myself on being a good nurse. Now a young nurse that's started working with me has me doubting myself.
    There's always a certain amount of desk-type paperwork to be done each night. Over the years I've learned what pace and rate of processing paperwork gets my job done RIGHT with no mistakes. If I try to do it too fast, I wind up making errors. I've learned that when I reach a certain point, I need to get up, walk, or just do something else for a little while. Sometimes I just zone out and make lists in my head of stuff I have to do at home. Then when I return I'm fresh and can concentrate again. My co-worker, on the other hand, attacks her paperwork and flies thru it (granted, she is faster on the computer). She hurrys to get thru as fast as she can, not so she will have more time with her patients, but so she will be done.
    The problem is that because I take more time to do my job, she is insinuating to anyone who will listen that I'm not doing my fair share of the work. She makes it sound as if I'm goofing off, when I'm really trying to do what works best for me. Because she usually gets done first, she moves along to taking care of other stuff that must be done (daily QC, etc.) She's always making comments that make it sound as if she's having to take up the slack. I work every bit as hard as she does, just at a slower pace. But I get all my work done, she NEVER has to cover for me. Sometimes I just come home and cry about how she makes me feel.
    I don't feel like I can talk to my UC about this (supposed to handle personality conflicts between ourselves, you know). I was raised and trained that you don't start fights at work or make hard feelings between co-workers. It's hard to keep from telling her off. Her manner is highly abrasive and condescending. There have been many patient complaints abiut her attitude.
    Sometimes I feel like just going somewhere else and letting her be the big dog she wants to be. Sometimes I feel I will be double dipped in horse muffins before I will let this little smart a#$ run me off. I'VE GOT SHOES OLDER THAN THIS TWERP!!! I guess I'm just worried people will believe her.
    Antbody else out there work with anybody like this?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    there are just those who likes to make others feel bad so they will "shine". i wouldn't change to please or impress, stay as you are. i am coming up through the "ranks too"! hold your head up and keep the faith!

  4. by   tigger2sassy
    don't change a thing-- quick doesn't necessarily mean better--that is how a lot of mistakes are made--i'd rather have you for a nurse--
  5. by   Jenny P
    You know what works for you; if it really is annoying you enough, ask her when was the last time she had to do your work for you (make sure you have a large audience when she has to answer that one!). I can't type very fast either, and it doesn't bother me one little bit if someone else does their paper work faster than me-- I know I do a good job; and you should also know that -- you haven't been an RN for 12 years BECAUSE you are sloughing off, now have you? I don't think so.

    Be proud of who you are and what you do and let your work speak for itself. Don't try to compare yourself to someone else.
  6. by   RNinICU
    Getting paperwork done faster does not make her a better nurse. Obviously, if there have been patient complaints about her, she is not as good as she wants everyone to believe. The patient complaints should be taken to your manager. If you have worked there for twelve years, others already know the kind of nurse you are, and will catch on quickly to this little snip. Just do what you always do. I'm not a fast nurse, I'm not a slow nurse, I'm a half fast nurse.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by RNinICU
    I'm a half fast nurse.
    :chuckle RNinICU gets my vote for the giggle award today :chuckle

    I'm a halffast nurse too, especially after I'm on OT.
  8. by   Faby
    Dear Guesswho. I think that if you are a 12 years experienced nurse you really know what and how to do it. She is younger an has less experience. It will be sometime when she will fail because of her speed. As time goes on she will realize that it is so important to take your time to make work correct. Think about this, even in an emergency situation as a cardiac arrest you should take time to asist the patient propperly.
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by rninicu
    getting paperwork done faster does not make her a better nurse. obviously, if there have been patient complaints about her, she is not as good as she wants everyone to believe. the patient complaints should be taken to your manager. if you have worked there for twelve years, others already know the kind of nurse you are, and will catch on quickly to this little snip. just do what you always do...
    well said.
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by RNinICU
    ...I'm not a fast nurse, I'm not a slow nurse, I'm a half fast nurse.
    :chuckle
  11. by   oramar
    I think you are experincing a insideous type of lateral violence. I thought they were teaching about that in nursing school these days. You say she is new. I worked with slower and faster nurses than I. Never gave it a thought. What if you did things her way and someone got hurt? Would that make her happy? Talking behind your back is disgraceful. She may have to be brought to task if she keeps it up.
  12. by   eltrip
    (((((((guesswho)))))))

    Ok, so she does her paperwork faster than you do yours. And? Is there something special about being a fast paper pusher? Are there any awards for doing your paperwork fast in nursing? Absolutely not. What is her point? I believe her goal is to feel better about herself, masking the insecurities she has about her own work, by commenting about & drawing attention to yours.

    I hate that you have to deal with this. It's never a good feeling to feel like someone is WATCHING what you do & how you do it. I've had the feeling in the past, myself, & it was no fun...totally different issue, though...

    Anyhow, I'll be sending good thoughts your way!

    Peace,
    Joy
  13. by   labornurse
    Doing her paperwork faster has nothing to do with her ability to be a good nurse, just a good secretary. It sounds like your pts are happy with you and that is one of the marks of a great nurse. No one's skills and talents are the same, it is what we do with them that counts.
  14. by   rbez
    Originally posted by guesswho
    My co-worker, on the other hand, attacks her paperwork and flies thru it (granted, she is faster on the computer). She hurrys to get thru as fast as she can, not so she will have more time with her patients, but so she will be done.
    Because she usually gets done first, she moves along to taking care of other stuff that must be done (daily QC, etc.)
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    It probably doesn't help matters if she is ending up doing all of the "stuff that must be done" while you're finishing up. Maybe you could figure out a way to make sure that you both share those tasks equally. Just a thought.

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