Don't let arrogant people destroy your potential career. I'm a new grad RN, many years experience as a CNA, and I'm 35, so some life experience. Still on orientation for my first job in ER. I think I'm doing very well--I've participated in codes, bleeds, babies, psych, attempted suicides, etc. Already!! I don't have thin skin and and can hold my own, but I definitely need help. Most of the nurses we have are 20-30 yrs experienced. They were very vocal in a recent meeting that "newbies" aren't welcome to them---they said you should have at least a year on floor first. I have NO desire to work floor!! The VP of nursing came to me after to make sure I wasn't PO'd about it, and said, some ppl can work floor 10 yrs, and not be ER material. It all depends on the person. This is true!! Some of the floor nurses lose it because they have 2 admits at the same time (not even assigned to the same nurse), and I kinda want to say, hey, we have a STEMI, potential stroke, 3 with non-emergencies, a babe with sats in the 80s, and 2 ambulances on the way!!! Suck it up!!! LOL!!!
I know I'm still slow, don't have my certs yet, need some help, but I'm not afraid to jump in and it doesn't sound like you are either. One day, we were SLAMMED!! At least for our small hospital...all rooms full, 8 waiting. The next one to triage came down to a 4 yo w/ earache, or a 6 month babe who puked everything up for 2 days. I told the Reg clerk, I'm going to take the baby in. She says, no, the earache was here first, you have to take her first. ......*****?? Needless to say, I ignored that and took the babe. I mentioned a while later to the RN who'd been there 30+ yrs, as crazy as it is, I don't need the receptionist telling me who to triage next. She turned, paused, and said to me, she probably knows more about it than you do. Yes, that is what she said to me. I told her, I'm going to walk away now before I say something very rude. My thought....(maybe a little arrogant)...I AM THE NURSE!! If the receptionist knows more, then ask her to start the IVs, do the assess, do CPR, do the triage, because I am clearly a danger to the public!!!! Eff you!!!
If you need help, walk right up and say, I could use your experience right now, I have blah blah going on right now, and I want to be sure I do it right. If you don't get it, then it is a patient safety issue and you are ethically obligated to report it, let the chips fall where they may. Patients first!! Don't let these turd burglars jeopardize lives!!! Remember this always, how it feels, so that you never become like these wenches, and when you are experienced, you can help the newbies.
You can do it!!!