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I am a team player in the ICU, but.........

One of my shifts last week had an interesting mix of scheduled RN's. I was working with woman who were twice my age. My frustration stems from them constantly asking for help putting me behind. At times, I look at them freaking out and getting behind after they have had routine coffee breaks and chatting about life. They are nice and sweet ladies.

Even more, some are aware that I am in their rooms doing things for their patients while they drink coffee or grab a snack. I was peeved. I guess I just need some advice on how to tactfully say 'No'?

I often help people and they help me, but I feel like I was being taken advantage of that day. I don't want to be rude, because I don't want to piss anyone off. Help?

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2 Responses to “I am a team player in the ICU, but………”

  1. dorkwench Says:

    Just make a joke of it: “do i get part of your paycheck for doing your work?”

  2. Jason R. Thrift, RN, BSN Says:

    Had similar issues at times, especially when starting out. I’m afraid there is not tactful way to say “no”, but you have to say it. Best advice someone gave me during my first year of work as a nurse. Just because someone asks doesn’t mean you have to say yes.

    That would have made me nuts too for them to be sitting around while you do THEIR work, simply because they think they can get away with it. I called people on the carpet that did stuff like this to me. You have to take up for yourself, because honestly no one else will.

    Good luck!

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