Quote from ColleenRN2B
What do you mean "not allowed to know anything"?
Example: nurses are discussing a patient. The new nurse expresses an opinion, or conjectures about the patient based upon what he or she has learned in school. The nurse is trying out his or her critical thinking skills. The older nurses either ignore or dismiss this new nurse's contribution.
Now, here's the thing, this doesn't crush me, but it irritates me. I have seen numerous cases where "experienced nurses" have been wrong about things. Far too often though, they never learn that they were wrong, either their denial is too strong, or there is just no apparatus for the nurse to learn from their mistakes unless patient safety is compromised, so if it's just a lapse in thought, it gets slid by. The opinion of a new nurse may be just what is needed. It seems to me that their closeness to the classroom might be useful.
All it takes is a thoughtful nod and an acknowledgment.
In fairness, I do usually see this, but sometimes I don't and it just seems petty.