What goes around comes around......
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
At work I work with two other nurses. They are the "Queen Bees" of the office. Of course they are usually nice to my face (we have had our share of 'boxing' matches) but behind my back they will go to the doctor I work for and complain about me. He's too busy during the day (and has told me this) to check up on me all and he says it isn't his job. I agree, however, he's only getting their side of the story.
Our boss has my back as well as the front desk girls. Everyone tells me to my face how pleasant I am to work with. I am willing to work with everyone as a team, etc. I do my job AND I do it fast. The other two nurses are always complaining about how they can't get something done because they "were swamped" that day. However, I see twice as many patients as they do, get all my work done, and still get out of there by 5:00 or shortly after.
They complain that I don't stay after like they do, so therefore I must not be finishing my work. They will constantly ask for help because again they are too busy, and me being the nice person helps out.
A few days ago I was in my doctors office talking to him about our day of patients lined up. We also talked about some of the office stuff that the "Queen Bees" were saying I'm not getting done (most of it is delegated to one or both of them and not me). One of the front desk girls asked them if they would room my first patient for me (I was unaware of this at the time) and they both turned to her and said "No" very snottily (according to the front desk) and then turned away.
About a month ago both of them were on vacation and I was at the office with a fill in nurse. The fill in was rooming for our Physicians Assistant (my doctor had the afternoon off) and I was doing the Nurse visits (Blood Pressure checks, immunizations, coumadin checks etc) and in an hour I saw 34 patients and gave each of them an influenza vaccine. No complaints from me, I did it and had it all done and documented within an hour and a half to be out of the office at 5:30.
Today my doctor has the afternoon off and the Physicians Assistant nurse (one of the 2 Queen Bees) is rooming for her, the other Queen Bee is doing the nurse visits, and I am caught up on all my work and basically finding stuff to keep me busy till 5. The Queen Bee 2 asked me to help her with influenza vaccines because alas she has 34 to do today as well (give or take a few). I looked at her and said "No". Not snottily even though I wanted to but stated I had other stuff to do.
Queen Bee 2 and Queen Bee 1 went to our boss to complain about me. My boss said "You didn't help her with 1 patient for a minute or two minutes while she was discussing important matters with her doctor. I don't blame her for helping you with 34 patients this afternoon."
Maybe it's immature of me but I'm eating all of this up. Dynamics are changing around the office. I think because the front desk girls see me stick up for myself they are starting to feel that they don't need to feel below the two nurses just because of their job titles. I don't believe that any one person is above another just because of education or a title. Everyone starts somewhere and the front desk girls do a lot.
I'm glad I can give them some confidence to stick up for themselves and I know they have been complaining to our boss and even higher up than our boss about the attitudes the "Queen Bees" have been throwing around. Sometimes seeing people finally get their just rewards can be so sweet.