Alright, so there's a subject I'm very opinionated on. I know you're shocked, but I'm curious what other people think about this. So like anywhere else, there are some shitty, lazy ass nurses where I work. Like, not as in forget to hang a med every now and then shitty, but as in basically totally ignoring their patients for hours at a time while updating Facebook and skipping really important shit like CIPs on a patient with chest pain and a mile long cardiac history type of shitty.
These people also may be really good dancers or fun to go to the bar with or maybe they have a boat or an okay personality or whatever. People still like them for these qualities and want to be their friend while still objectively being able to say, "yeah, they're a shitty nurse, but they're an alright person", to which I would say-naw. Nope. They're not.
Here's my thinking. It's one thing to be inexperienced or tightly wound to the point of being ineffective- these people I can still love and try to help. But as far as I'm concerned, if you're the shitty secondary to laziness type of nurse, you are probably not a good human being. You can put on a nice face to your coworkers and buy people Starbucks and smile all the time, but if you have no desire to help patients that are actually sick that depend on you to take care of them, that speaks more to your true colors. I take this job so seriously and it means so much to me to do a good job that I really cannot fathom how someone can take it lightly and just not care.
I feel very strongly about this, to the point that I make a concerted effort to never have to interact with these people. When I do, I do very little to hide my disdain. A lot of my good work friends do not understand this. They're confused when they want to invite these types out somewhere and I don't want to come along. It's just that I've seen all I need to see. I'm not interested in knowing them any better.
I wonder sometimes if I'm maybe too harsh on this, but I really can't reconcile being an okay person with being a lazy nurse. Am I wrong?