I work prn at an unmentioned hospital and let me tell you that communication between nurses seems to be one of the biggest barriers to effective ANYthing that goes on in the place. To begin with, the nurses never introduced themselves to the "new" person, and because this "new" person has so much "experience" they thought it would be funny to watch her fall on her face with where things are, how things run and even how to "chart"--can't be too hard for an "experienced" nurse, right?
Following the visiting rules to the letter is the most important task of the day. So needless to say the patient-family communication I have witnessed fairs no better! Last, the nurse in "charge" seems to think the position calls for a militant approach to communication with fellow nurses and you dare not give a "military" style reply!
Am I getting too old and sensitive or are there places where nurses like this seem to congregate? I for one, will look for a more compatible group to spend my emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting 12-hour shifts with! This is the first time in 16 years that I am leaving a job for no reason other than I can't stand the "noise."