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    What is your best suggestion for handling negative nurses? I have worked with a nurse that when she comes in to work on the medical floor, you can just feel the negativity just oozing out of her. She is very verbal about her dislike of our hispanic patients. Granted she is polite enough when dealing with the patients themselves but she grumbles about them nonstop all day long and how they are free loading. I personally think our rural community has more of a white trash problem. I would take a patient straight from Mexico over another dirty, lazy white person, and I am white. But that isn’t the problem here. The problem is that I can feel the air go out of co-workers when they know she is coming in. She is very difficult to give report to. She is argumentative and interrupts frequently when the exiting night nurse is trying to report off. She is the kind of person everyone walks around as if on egg shells. I am looking for some skill to improve communicating with nurse so I do not become as bitter when working with her.


    Chocolate… bring her chocolate. Make her eat chocolate. Chocolate is your friend around bitchy nurses. (Note, male nurses can be bitchy too, and candy works on us also, although not as well as pizza.)

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