The hospital I work at usually gets new grads in during the month of July. I love seeing them come with their excitement, curiosity, and actually nervousness. Only b/c it keeps me grounded and reminds me of how I felt the first day I stepped on the floor
I for one don't mind all the questions (even when they are repeated over and over); it lets me know that the new RN realizes they don't know everything and are smart enough to find out through asking, researching, and asking again.
They are (lets be real now) what we call "Fresh Meat"!!
I have a problem with the new grad that walks in and NEVER asks any questions!!! When you try to explain something to them the space out and/or walk away from you. You guys know what I mean; the know it alls!! These RN's scare me a lot!! As long as I've been a nurse I still learn something everyday; and I sure as heck didn't know "everything" when I got handed my degree and passed my Boards....
Does anyone else have this problem or feel this way; and what do you do about it?
I keep notes and report my feelings to the "mgmnt".
Dec 30, '02
Why not STIMULATE questions or thought YOURSELF? Maybe they are too scared and/or intimidated to ask. Could that be? How about you take teaching situations and ask critical-thinking questions that stimulate more than "yes" or "no" replies....Such as--- why certain labs are required at certain intervals when patients are on meds such as coumadin....(just a lame example,I work in OB remember). The more you ask and the more complex, the more they will realize they DO NOT KNOW. Dont' you know often that is a defense mechanism of people who are intimidated, to pretend to know what they don't? Where else but in nursing is such a defense often employed cause people are plain ole scared????? You might be missing an excellent opportunity to mentor. (yes I have worked with people like this myself so I know what I am saying)...anyhow...bear with me:
I remember when I floated to CCU/ICU my first year cause OB was slow....I was so imtimidated and freaked I could not speak. I literally froze solid at the nurses station and did not move a muscle. That is how scared I was! An excellent nurse who knew that area like she knew herself, came over, took me under her wing and took me thru a head- to- toe assessment, including Glasgow scoring , vent settings, you-name-it! Then, she began to ask me questions about the things she was doing and the rationale behind them. ---"why would this be important to do; what kind of information do I get when doing this exam?" etc.-- At first, I would bluff and say I knew but really I did not. She saw through me and would ask MORE questions. It worked.....Then she took me to charts and had me looking up lab tests, their results and helping interpret how they impacted the care those nurses/dr's were giving ICU patients. Well, the more she asked, the more I thought; the more I thought, the more I asked back. It was an EXCELLENT learning opportunity for me and I never forgot it....one this nurse chose not to waste. Yes she was BUSY as HELL and I was about as useful as you-know-what on a bull. However, learned a lot and when told I had to float, I would always request CCU/ICU cause I wanted to learn more.
Anyhow, this is too long. All I am saying is YOU are the EXPERT in your area...so SHOW IT OFF and be KIND to these new grads and engage them. Easily, that nurse could have said the same about me: "Damn this nurse scares me"!! But instead, she took the high road and the opportunity to stimulate my mind and learning. You could easily do the same, afterall we nurses are the CONSUMATE teachers! Best of luck to you!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 30, '02
Dec 30, '02
No one will have to worry about me asking questions. However, some people view this as a sign of weakness and use it against you, as though you are incompetent. For example, I am doing my clinical rotation in the ER and I asked a question about interpreting a rythym strip or something. I know how to read strips, but I am no expert. I mean I just learned it, for crying out loud. Well, this nurse goes to me, " And you're graduating soon,"? and rolled her eyes. I felt that was unnecessary. I find that a lot of nurses don't like to teach or answer questions. I try to stick with the ones who do. I like the ones who quiz me better. It keeps me on my toes.
Last edit by Flo1216 on Dec 30, '02