Just another post to say that I love the experienced nurses on my unit! (need to have these posts here to show nursing students and prospectives that not all nurses "eat their young")...
They are knowledgeable and very helpful. I pretty much owe the abilities I have gained as a new ICU nurse to experienced nurses (as those are the ones that trained me).
I think some new nurses that believe that experienced nurses are awful and too critical are probably just too sensitive. (not always, there are exceptions), but when an experienced nurse told me the other night..."you need to set limits with that patient. You can't be going in there every 5 minutes", she wasn't being mean. (She has also given me a pat on the back when I've had my "firsts" with very critical patients on my own and handled the situation well).
She was right, and made me aware of my weakness (probably b/c she used to do the same thing lol) and so I learned from her because I was receptive to what she said. Some people may have taken that the wrong way, and come on here whining. "that nurse yelled at me lol" (not saying that lateral violence is never the case....that does happen unfortunately to some people).
But, with ears open, I learn, and still ask questions obviously. I'll continue to do that until one day, I'll be the experienced one (and still learn and strive for improvement always).
So, nursing students, don't be scared! There are great nurses out there that you will be working with when you are done with school. And, even if there are a few that don't give you the time of day, big deal. Grow up, and deal with it. There are people that are difficult to work with in any job. Do your best, be a good nurse, don't gossip, help other nurses, and you won't have any problems.
Mar 6, '12
by Ted, BSN, RN
I feel quite lucky to have had a supportive staff and nurse manager when I started nursing 20 years ago. Yes, there were the angry and lost souls who "ate their young" on that unit. But they were the minority, thank goodness. One of those nurses was actually fired for being so negative towards the new staff. "Eating the Young" has absolutely no place in any profession. At the same time, managment and administration needs to be held accountable in providing the resources needed to help support the new staff. . . and help support the staff that has faithfully worked for any given facility for 10, 20, 30 years. My current hospital of employment actually empowers the staff to evaluate the effectiveness of administration and mangement. Those evaluations are taken seriously. Bottom line, for me anyway, is that we all need to support each other. Sharing those moments of positive support is always a good thing.
Last edit by Ted on Mar 6, '12
: Reason: clarification. . . .