New Grad Stupids - page 6

Help! I am a new grad and my co-workers have forgotten what it's like. I'm not sure how this can ethically be done, but I need to hear the stupidest things you experience nurses have done, please.... Read More

  1. by   crna2be
    Hi bbq. Nurse who present themselves as being all-knowing are self-centered and could be setting themselves and their patients up for disaster. This is different from being confident that you could help a patient. Arrogance or the refusal to admit a mistake can be costly to a patient and yourself.

    There is no way that school training alone can afford you all the opportunities to know what nursing is all about. That only comes with individual experience in the role. I say all of these things to you because you need to know that you will make mistakes.


    My opinion is that as a new nurse, you need to open to criticism (hopefully the person delivering it knows how to be constructive) so that you can prevent future errors from happening.

    Also, wherever you work, make it a point that you are going to learn every possible thing you can about your role and your patients. This may include things like attending physician rounds, doing continuing education,etc. Knowledge and the continuation of it can only help you be a better nurse.

    I would be here for another hour writing to you about dumb things that I have done as a nurse. An important thing to remember is that whenever you are not sure about something that you are about to do a patient, no matter how trivial it may seem, check with another nurse more experienced than yourself. I still rely on my seasoned colleagues for advice and support that way.

    I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me at LLitwin 261@aol.com
  2. by   jllpn

    I just wanted to thank hollykate and stormy for their responses to my post. I really felt like I was going to go into a deep state of depression for a few days there. I was starting to doubt myself. I do feel better now and have my self confidence back. Thanks.
  3. by   RobertJ
    Hey, hang in there, from what I have experienced and I've been in the nursing profession for along time, Nurses are not very therapeutic to their own. In fact when a nurse calls in sick, they (nurses) are the first to criticize. So hang in there, don't let them intimidate, and stand your ground!
    I am male student nurse, I am 34 y/o and have been a psych tech, NA, CNA, and a CSM.
    I am beginning a career in nursing and during clinicals, the staff nurses have tried to intimidate me (Without success), I
    respect their ability of course, but I am
    not about to let anyone intimidate me regardless of what their title is. You do the same! After all you've earned the title!
    Take care and don't let then see you sweat!
    ;-) Robert
  4. by   longforseaair
    Yes, "Aint Bea"! tee hee

    I would thank you all with my victory war cry, but then people would know who I am. Just like everything else I've ever done, I guess, it's time for grit, grit, and more grit, and maybe some spit.

    It's just that nursing requires EVERYTHING I've got and then some. It's very, very difficult for me to look stupid, when it's so expensive to look stupid.

    I thought that I had made many sacrifices and earnest effort throughout my life to develop strong and quality character and whew the things I just didn't know! It's almost crushing to reach middle-age and realize that you are just a babe!
  5. by   bigjay
    Here's a student stupid from when I was in school (a short 4 years ago). I had been doing a placement on a palliative care floor for about 3 months, feeling quite good and competent. I had to give an IM injection of gravol. So I landmarked perfectly, spread the skin between my fingers, pure textbook, lined up my needle and fired it down.... right into my own finger... went right into the knuckle. My preceptor saw me cursing and swearing out in the hallway. She almost fell over laughing when she heard what I did!

  6. by   kiwijangle
    I read with sadness bbchicks experience of feeling like she does all the work and gets no support. A few years ago our hospital deciced to recognise the 'more competent' nurses with an extra pay step. Charge Nurses independantly chose which nurses to give this step to. I got the step, and it caused a lot of bitterness and horozontal violence at work. No-one would help me, but I was expected to assist everyone with their care problems. I got all the 'difficult' patients, or those with 'difficult relatives', I got admissions noone else wanted, especially those that occurred at shift change. I found very few staff would do more than briefly address me. I had just become a solo mother, and couldn't leave my job - so I hung in and worked my butt off! Then a funny thing happened - well it took 6 months to happen - one day I realised my skills had become far greater than anyone elses. Through always getting the hardest patient loads, the rarest conditions, the most procedures, and having just knuckled down and taken the challenge, I had become a better nurse! So I started referring to myself as the performance nurse, and saying I was paid extra to take the difficult patients and do the hard jobs and help everyone else.
    From that time I treated myself as a resourse for other nurses, and slowly their attitude changed - especially as I also developed teaching skills, and tried to share what I had learnt.

    As for stupid thingd to do....once I got a job as a night nurse in a remote hospital working 8 days every 3 weeks, with an aid.
    We alternated on hrly checks of all patients. I had been working for some months when curiosity got the better of me and I looked inside a cupboard at the far end of a two bed room. I found a terrace room - with 3 long-term residents in it! LOLOL! Boy was I shocked - so much for my orientation to the area!!

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