Hey everyone! I'm a nursing student right now, and I wanted to get some advice from the more experienced nurses here
I am pretty good at smiling and responding appropriately to rude people. The problem is that even little things bother me. The other day when I was volunteering in the hospital, I had a lot of things on my mind and wasn't really thinking straight. I walked into one of the patient rooms without knocking so I could turn the monitor away(the staff asked me to angle the monitors away from the entrance of the door).
I know it was really rude of me not to knock, and I typically DO knock the doors (even though most of the patients are sleeping). No one really called me out on this before, until that day, where one of the family members asked me to knock next time. I quickly said that I was sorry and that I would certainly knock next time, but she didn't drop it. She went on and ON, giving me this speech about how her advice would "help me in my life", talking to me like I was a child. I apologized again and excused myself (after fixing the monitor as fast as possible), in which she turned to her sister to talk about me some more when I walked out. I was certainly getting annoyed, but I didn't show it in the slightest.
Yes, I realize that I was
very rude for walking in w/o knocking, and this is certainly a good lesson for me! I appreciate someone telling me when I do something wrong, but it was her condescending tone that bothered me. She wasn't yelling or swearing at me, but sometimes a condescending tone bothers me just as much as the other two.
I hope that I turn out to be a terrific nurse when I graduate, but I also wish I could let the little things go. How can I deal with doctors, other nurses, patients and family members when I'm this sensitivel?!?!