I work in a 200-bed rural hospital. It's the only hospital I've worked in since graduating nursing a couple years ago, so it's the only thing I know.
As time goes on, it's becoming more apparent to me that the staff on certain shifts are nastier than others. My shift (night) and the evening shift staff get along well and socialize a bit at shift change. But day shift on our unit aren't as chummy, they only talk amongst themselves when they arrive, despite attempts by my shift to make small talk with them. I've come to realize that this has always been the case, but recently, it's been getting worse. Some of them only say good morning to our shift after we tell them good morning first, but they rarely say anything to us. Actually 98% of the time, the only times that day shift says anything to us is to tell us what we did wrong the day before. When they say nothing to me except to tell me what I did wrong or what I should have done, it makes me feel like they think I'm incompetent. It's getting to the point that they don't even talk to us, and we just approach them if there's a change in a patient's condition while they were in hearing report. I know it shouldn't bother me, but they're so unfriendly that I can't help but to take it personally and feel bad. Everyone on night shift went to the manager in hopes that they can fix this problems between the shifts, so I hope the situation resolves or at least go back to the way it was when they'd at least say hi first. The question I have for all of you is this: I'm going to move to a larger city later next year and hope to work at one of the major hospitals. I worry if what's currently going on on my unit is the case at all hospitals. At my future new job, I really hope to work with friendly, helpful people who'll make me feel like I fit in, or at least give me positive feedback. Or should I just get used to other nurses (and shifts as a whole) being snobby to others like this?
Nov 13, '05
I would say get used to it. My experience wherever I have worked is that the shifts do not get along and the different depts do not get along either.
I don't know why this is but it just is. The day shift always blames the night shift for not getting things done and thinking they sit around all night. The night shift blames the day shift for not getting things done and for thinking they are primadonna's. PACU get irritated when we are not ready to take report whenever they wish, ER gets irritated about giving report also. They always wait till shift change to bring the majority of the patients who have been there all day anyway. SDC brings patients up to recover and go home when they are ready to be discharged in 10 minutes because they don't want to stay 10 minutes later than 5:00 pm. OR gripes because they have to come and get their patients because we're too busy. The OB nurses and CCU nurses absolutely hate to float to med/surg. Med/surg nurses absolutely hate to float to SDC, ER, or CCU. Everyone thinks the CCU nurses believe they are better nurses than the rest of us and it goes on and on. I don't know why this is but it just is. It's sad. There's no reason we shouldn't all be able to get along. Our day shift and night shift never speak to each other unless it's in regards to a patient.
Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Nov 13, '05