Really? Nurses still eat their young? The facility I work at doesn't seem to have this problem, maybe because we are so short staffed, we look at every able bodied nurse as a godsend!
I do confess to coming across as, well witchy, rarely, but only because of the stress of the load. . . I feel bad when I am not a perfect example of a bright eyed, excited bushy tailed, rally round the troops kind of nurse, but real life nursing is, lets face it, not school.
The other day, I lost it with a new nurse, but I had a good reason, not an excuse, but a good reason: in icu we each had 3 very sick patients, I actually had 4, one patient w/ a mother, who needed as much care as he did,mom was early stage dementia as well. . . we had 4 codes, and lost a 20 something pt. . . she's getting report from me, she kept inturupting me during report, to ask things I was in the process of tellnig her, just being all super special. Then we went into the pts room, to do a quick bedside, pt was getting a breathing tx and this nurse says help me turn her so i can look at her back. Well, I came unhinged on her, because it had been an awful night, she was rude, and demanding.
Well, that's how you are trained to do things maybe, but A. the patient is not going to die if we don't turn her to do her skin assessment, B. she was still with a preceptor who could have assisted her in turning, C. no one had done any charting, and D. she was being all anal and super duper at a time when I was just wiped out!
There are times when a newbie just needs to chill and observe and absorb the unit.So, maybe a self check is needed, just to make sure its not YOU, being super duper and ruffling feathers of us old hens. It will get better, I promise.