20 bad behaviors that will tick off your coworkers!

11. Call in “sick” on holiday shifts

12. Leave the floor for long periods of time and not telling anyone where you went

13. Take personal calls and talk on your cell phone REALLY LOUDLY at the nurse’s station

14. Take a convenient bathroom break every time a new patient needs to be admitted to the floor

15. Bring your kids to work assuming they won’t “be in the way”

16. Refuse to help the techs or unit secretaries when things are chill

17. “Eat your young” aka lateral violence towards the newbie nurses on the floor

18. Gossip about everyone all the time

19. Don’t share your goodies and snacks (but see #5)

20. And lastly, COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN, COMPLAIN!

What would you add to this list?

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Amy Bozeman

Amy is many things: a blogger, a nurse, a wife, a mom, a childbirth educator. She started her journey towards a career in nursing when she got pregnant with her first child. After nursing school and studying "like she has never studied before" she entered the nursing profession eager to get her feet wet. The first years provided her with much exposure to sadness, joy and other complex human emotions. She feels that blogging is a wonderful outlet and a way for nurse bloggers to further build their community. Traditionally, midwives have handed down their skill set from midwife to apprentice midwife. She believes nurses have this same opportunity: to pass from nurse to new nurse the rich traditions of this profession.
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14 Responses to 20 bad behaviors that will tick off your coworkers!

  1. maywinters

    Wow I know sooooo many nurses that do ALL of these things including not helping the me (the tech) when all they are doing is sitting at the nurses station and gossiping! I hate that! lol I totally GET all of the things you are talking about!

  2. purpleapple87

    Or- sit on your butt surfing the internet all night then at end of shift, complain that you are just SOOOOO behind. Then wonder why no one else will assist you. hmmmm

    • nrskris10

      Yes! Just had that happen last shift. She was taking personal calls (ON THE FLOOR!), searching the Internet, and smoking. Now, I take smoke breaks. Probably more than I shd. But I never leave unfinished work and I check on everyone before I go out. And I’m done w my paperwork on time or early. She was scrambling to finish. All stressed out and finally said this gem “I’m gonna have to pass on some of this work. It’s just too much for me!”

  3. cns_lpn

    Not being a “team player”. So many ppl are out for themselves and as long as their job is done, to hell with the rest of them. We all need to help each other. Even if it’s offering to just put labs in or make a appt. for someone. Anything will be appreciated.

  4. witchhazel

    I have co workers who don’t like to work till they notice the Dr.or the management sees them!!!

  5. Amber Brodie

    My favorite bad behavior is the new experienced nurse that comes in and tries to change the way things are done on your unit!

    • nrskris10

      We have the New Grad Inexperienced nurse who is trying to change things!!!
      I just want to pull her aside and yell at her to just “Shut up and go w the flow!!! This is the real world!”

      • jesmsut

        Several years ago, I was in a New Graduate Resident Program that wanted to use all the new nurses hired as “Agents of Change” to change how nursing was done in the hospital and improve ratings. We spent several weeks in the classroom setting, then spent 12 weeks in orientation on different floors before being assigned to a unit. During the 12 week process, while in orientation, we were supposed to learn and also show the clinical coach what if changed in the policies for certain task..

  6. NightNurse65

    Always saying, “We’ve never done it that way before. ” Just because you haven’t doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

    Not sharing information with other nurses so that the tasks are not duplicated.

  7. retired and lovin it

    I precept end so many new grads that I’ve lost count. Some were a pleasure to work with, some scared me nearly to death. It’s so important to be a good listener!

  8. TVernonRN

    Excessive smoke breaks! Drives me insane! Also, the nurse who blatantly ignores call lights and alarms then has the nerve to complain about fall paperwork when they could have possibly prevented it in the first place!

    • nrskris10

      I Have to admit that I’m guilty of smoke breaks. But no one else is responsible for my job. I take care of the patients, I anticipate their needs, I check on them before I leave, and I check w my team before I leave. I’ve worked w other nurses who will say “I just don’t have time to do this and this and will you do this straight cath for me?” As I’m walking into the patients room I see the nurse walking out to smoke!!! Are you KIDDING ME?! I always do my work FIRST. Smoking is not a priority.

  9. TransplantTerie

    Talk constantly about your previous job and how they did things there, suggesting that their way was superior to your new unit. Soak up the culture and practices of your new team… chances are they are doing things that work best for their patients! If you liked your job at St. Perfect Memorial Hospital so much, you should have stayed there :)

  10. toastedmallow

    It looks like I am really logged in

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