I have to reply here because this has been a topic that has confused me from the beginning. I was once a "new" nurse after a bazillion yrs. of working as a CNA. I get the not so great job, low pay, almost all newbies get, and work my way through, to pay my dues so to speak.
Starting as a CNA, it begins. If a new CNA on the floor does not meet the criteria of the established (& VERYshort staffed, I might add) staff members, this person is chewed up, spit out, and has left the job so fast. Usually a no call, no show. I can not count the times I have witnessed this behavior. Instead of the staff helping the new person, they almost set them up to fail. The new staff will be given the hardest residents, or wing, and left to sink or swim. Remember--- very short staffed to begin with.
I began my position as a new grad RN. My supervisor was a 20yr LPN. This person had seen, done, experienced, etc, etc far, far more than I had in my mingy, school book/ clinical rotations. When I began my job, I gave her my full repect as somone that really knew what she was doing, she had been doing it for 20yrs.She knew what she was doing, and very well.
Yet one day in the beginning of my employment, I felt uncomfortable (not unable) to do a procedure, and would have appreciated her just lending a hand and a voice. I was told "You are the one with R.N. after your name" and she turned and walked away.
I agree, if you stop the behaviors in the start, you will be the much wiser for it. Even as hard as it will be, if you are a quiet prson, in the long run, IMO you will be happier in this profession if you set your boundaries from the start.I wish you the very best.
I would still really like to know from others why they think it is way? This is a helping profession, a teaching, nurturing one as well. I have seen nurses from Administration down , some so very nice, supportive, while others openly, publicly, rude, offensive, abrasive etc. I know nurses now that would do anything
including myself, than go back into the nursing field. It is a bitter disappoinment, because I had always wanted to be a nurse. While I did it, I worked several different areas, was complimented on my abilties, as well as learned from others that I have the gift of having a calm, calming and easy going approach with my patients that was very appreciated. The talent of remaining calm (or at least appearing that way) in a crisis, and thus helping to keep my floor working together in a team attitude. I left thinking, life is too short to work in conditions such as these, in a cut throat, territorial and back stabbing. I forgot, exhausting, being mandated, arrogant MD treatment. ....
I will be very interested to hear other experiences, and their thoughts on WHY? ok ,off of my soapbox now. Acadia Thank you for putting up with my rantings