As a seasoned nurse who can come across as short or cranky at times, I assure you, it is very seldom personal. (Though there are vindictive and nasty people in this world who are merely....well...vindictive and nasty.)
It can be difficult to juggle life, two sickly/dying parents, family demands, call/work demands and drama (read: political bs) and then pull out the happy face for a new grad in the middle of a chaotic day. I try to leave it all at the other side of the double doors. Mercy I try. But I am flawed and I have failed.
Sometimes you are tired to the core of your soul, vulnerable, and just...human.
So to that end, I say thank you. Thank you.
Thank you for seeing the good in this nurse who is frustrated and wanting better for you. Thank you for reading between the lines to view who she is and what fuels her words. Thank you for allowing her to be human.
I encourage you to remember this moment when dealing with the demented, the detoxing, the drug seeking, the grieving.
I do not, however, encourage you to take abuse. Ever. You have the right to a safe work environment.
As such, you should not be forced to work while other nurses sleep. That is completely unacceptable and something you need to report. In this case it is not only about making noise to fix a bad situation, but also because if you say nothing but remain aware and management decides it's time to take action, you run the risk of being involved as guilty by association and failure to act.
Oh, and then there's that whole patient safety thingy too.
I have a feeling you will go far, OP.
I cannot be held accountable for spelling
errors. I have OD'ed on pancakes laden in natural syrup and corned beef hash and I regret nothing. Blood sugar sold seperately.