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"NETY" and Other Fallacies - page 3

It's September. Pre-nursing students have become nursing students and new grads are either starting new jobs or are well into orientation. And there seems to be a plethora of new posts claiming... Read More

  1. Visit  Buyer beware profile page
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    Quote from sevensonnets
    For nursing instructors to teach students that they will be eaten alive by all the "old nurses" predisposes those students to believe that it is true. That in itself contributes to a hostile working environment and it needs to stop. Why should new nurses, who desperately need to be learning new skills and how to take care of sick people be led to believe that they will not be respected? Why do nursing instructors waste time teaching such a concept as the dreaded NETY when they could instead teach students how to get along with coworkers and be a part of a team? We see the results of this misguided concept every single day here on AN. We get very few questions about how to perform nursing procedures but instead a constant barrage of complaints about how all the nurses are mean to them and they feel disrespected. Whatever happened to just jumping in there and learning how to be a nurse? If you come in to nursing having that mindset you will never see anything else and that is very sad.
    Had to Google the acronym NETY. In my day the concept existed but not the acronym. I've got to tell you that I can not recall any of my instructors telling me that nurses were mean to each other. That, I found out on my own when I started practicing and it was only from a few quacklings that had the steroidal pumped-up pecking order gene.
    Otherwise, my instructors found many other scenarios of terror to instill in us far beyond the fear of NETY. Here's a good one: " Remember, when you access an A-line to draw a blood gas, do not forget to close the stop-cock because if you do, the patient could exsanguinate and you will be brought up on murder charges."
    Well folks, next to that, I'll take a NETY any day of the week. In fact, feel free to use me as a punching bag at your discretion.
  2. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from Buyer beware
    Had to Google the acronym NETY. In my day the concept existed but not the acronym. I've got to tell you that I can not recall any of my instructors telling me that nurses were mean to each other. That, I found out on my own when I started practicing and it was only from a few quacklings that had the steroidal pumped-up pecking order gene.
    Otherwise, my instructors found many other scenarios of terror to instill in us far beyond the fear of NETY. Here's a good one: " Remember, when you access an A-line to draw a blood gas, do not forget to close the stop-cock because if you do, the patient could exsanguinate and you will be brought up on murder charges."
    Well folks, next to that, I'll take a NETY any day of the week. In fact, feel free to use me as a punching bag at your discretion.
    Should have had a beverage alert! The one I remember from my very first preceptor is that "Here at University of Wherever Hospital, we have a medical school. In a teaching hospital, it is the nurse's responsibility to keep the residents from killing the patients." I spent my first year terrified that I'd miss it when a resident tried to kill my patient and I'd lose my license.
  3. Visit  AutumnApple profile page
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    A silly friend of mine when I was travel nursing used to say "It's our duty, how else are we gonna let nature's selection process do it's thing?' when NETY came up.

    I stayed at that specific travel assignment for a bit over nine months. Made some friends I still keep in contact with, including him. When I left, they insisted on having a party at the downtown bar (because everyone wanted to see what *I* was like when I drank lol).

    I chatted with him a bit on facebook one day after I had returned home. I mentioned the "nature's selection process" line he always said to new hires. He promptly informed me "You know, I say it nicely but, I mean every word of it."

    And he is right.

    Every profession and walk of life has it's "standards" for being a member. When one does not meet these standards but insists on being a member of (whatever) group, the process of them being evicted begins. It's that simple.

    Some "young" are just begging to be "eaten", and they practically dare their fellow nurses to do so. Then when they get what they asked for, they want to play victim. In these cases, it's not the "young" being "eaten". It's a simple fact of life that someone didn't meet the minimal standards to fit in.

    I gave this example before, here is the shortened version:

    I was a preceptor. A girl, a few years younger than myself, was assigned to me. She had a bad habit of becoming a ghost during the last hour of her shift. I mean, she was nowhere to be found, totally lost.

    First couple times she did this, I let it slide with a light redirection (which were ignored). Third time (she had been gone an hour each time), I called her out on it and wasn't taking any excuses for it happening.

    She cried, I mean literally broke down into tears with snot dripping everywhere..............

    Then she proceeded to inform me that I was socially retarded if I couldn't understand why someone needed to "freshen up" before leaving work.

    She was quickly assigned to another preceptor and eventually left the job on her own accord.

    Now, I can assure you, were this girl a member of AN, she'd have been here that night she left posting about her experience on our unit:

    Title: New Grad Nurse, My Preceptor Eats the Young
    Body: My preceptor tore into me for using the bathroom. Can't I even take a bathroom break? They hate me, I think she's jealous because I have a life outside work and she doesn't. I got no support at all from her or any of the other staff. I just couldn't bear it anymore today and I cried. Should I quit this position? I really want to be a nurse, I've spent my whole life trying to get here but I can't take being bullied....................

    This is the type of individual my friend was talking about. It's a good thing she got (cough cough) "eaten".

    Seriously, would you have your mother in the hospital knowing she was the nurse? Make sure mom knows: No health problems for an hour before shift change.
  4. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    I think nursing schools are at least, largely to blame for "NETY". I know the very first time I head the phrase was from an old-school RN instructor. I was years in the military, where "young eating" was standard and yet never heard the word/phrase even once.

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