There I was at work last night trying to think of a list for today. This challenge is all about promoting my blog, so I was trying to come up with an idea for listing the kinds of topics I usually write about. But, I wanted to do something different. Hmmm...
Then it hit me, or rather, it talked in my ear. Let me be clear that I blog about work a lot. If any of you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I work in health care & my posts are sometimes graphic. I'd like to start by saying that this post is not about poop, although there's bound to be at least one as we work through this challenge. Today's post, is about a coworker - the worst co-worker ever.
This is a woman in her 50s who has been at this job for 10 years. Understandably so, she is tired, & doesn't have the same level of energy that she did when she started working. But, she's more than capabale of doing the job, even if at a slightly slower pace.
But her age & her energy is not what slows this woman down. What slows her down is constantly watching what everyone else is doing so she can write things down in her notebook (she actually does that!!!) & use it as ammunition later on.
Are you serious?!?!? Who has time for that?? Look, I know I'm blogging about this woman & it probably seems like the same thing, but I don't think it is. I'm venting my frustrations. And, I don't have a notebook dedicated to dirt on my co-workers.
Anyway, back to my story: there I am yesterday at the nurse's station waiting to get report from the charge nurse. I work with elderly residents & a lot of them are confused. Some wear alarms so they don't fall & hurt themselves. One such alarm was going off, & a co-worker that I love went to answer it.
Mean, horrible lady then whispered to another co-worker, "Oh look, she went for an alarm! I can't believe it." Then she went onto say, "Some people don't answer alarms, or take your residents to the bathroom while you're on break, & maybe that's something the supervisor needs to know that."
See, I know this is all very juvenile, but the thing about mean, horrible lady is that she's never going to say anything to any supervisor. She just likes to stir the pot. She likes to cause trouble & have an attitude. She believes that she will always get her way because we're scared of her, but in reality people go along with what she says because no one wants to listen to her.
This drove me crazy last night, but I refuse to get involved in work drama. I go, do my job & come home. It does not control my life or make me sad or angry after the fact, & I'd really like to keep it that way.
But today, I need to write a list, & I've been inspired by mean, horrible lady. If she thinks she's keeping tabs on everyone else, I hope she realizes we're keeping one on her - but not actually in a notebook, because that's just sad. Anyway, here goes...
All the things mean, horrible lady does wrong:
- Accuses people of not helping other, even though she rarely helps anyone else. She's actually never helped me...ever.
- Changes peoples wet briefs or incontinent pads without acutally cleaning the person because "it's quicker & then they're dry."
- Lies about walking residents who are still able to do so in an attempt to look good for the nurse.
- Sits & watches while other CNAs (& sometimes people visiting residents!!) put clothing protectors on the residents before dinner. I FREAKING HATE THIS!!!!!!
- Doesn't feel bad about sticking someone who is does not regularly work on our floor with the most difficult group of residents, extra assignment or shower to give.
I just need to rise above it - but sometimes I just want to call her a stupid-face.