Poor nurse role models.. is this what I have to look forward to?

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    At clinical today we were at the hospital we go to regularly for our clinical rotation. I am a positive person, I do what I can to help and stay busy. I often hear the nurses talking bad about patients amongst each other. Hospital policy requires a bedside report and they do the bedside report AFTER they speak their mind to each other. Cussing included, and all before 7 a.m! They bully other newly licensed nurses and talk about them too. Their bedside manner is atrocious.
    It's like the unprofessionalism has spread through the unit because today the RN was gossiping rudely about patients with the charge nurses. The last thing I heard from the nurse today was, "Just go ahead and call the police because I'm gonna throw that b***h out the window." speaking of the patient crying for pain medication.
    Is this just what they do?! Can I do anything?
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    Quote from Jane says
    At clinical today we were at the hospital we go to regularly for our clinical rotation. I am a positive person, I do what I can to help and stay busy. I often hear the nurses talking bad about patients amongst each other. Hospital policy requires a bedside report and they do the bedside report AFTER they speak their mind to &lt;em&gt;each other&lt;/em&gt;. Cussing included, and all before 7 a.m. They bully other newly licensed nurses and talk about them too. Their bedside manner is atrocious. &lt;br&gt;<br>
    It's like the unprofessionalism has spread through the unit because today the RN was gossiping rudely about patients with the charge nurses. The last thing I heard from the nurse today was, "Just go ahead and call the police because I'm gonna throw that b***h out the window." speaking of the patient crying for pain medication.&lt;br&gt;<br>
    Is this just what they do?! Can I do anything?
    Vow to do better than what you're seeing.
    Gold_SJ, pseudomonas, BelleMorteRN, and 12 others like this.
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    I am sorry to hear you are exposed to such a toxic work culture. I do think some gallows humor and laughing at foibles involving patients is acceptable, but it seems like this place has crossed that imaginary line with the level of bitterness in their language. I can assure you that not every hospital is like this. My only advice to you is be the nurse you want to see in the workplace but also be respectful. Perhaps you could volunteer to give the pain medication, offer a warm blanket or some company to that patient who was in pain. I have done that in the past. In those situations, I did not agree with the nurses withholding pain medications but I expressed my disagreement by being of service and without stepping on the hospital staff's toes.

    Channel your concerns to your professors. It may be tempting to be vocal about your shock and dismay but, the way I see it, you are your school are guests are in this place. Your professors are the best people to determine if there are safety issues outside of bad attitudes.

    This is only a small glimpse of a small corner of nursing. Keep your chin up and good luck.
    Gold_SJ, *4!#6, NRSKarenRN, and 4 others like this.
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    I agree with OCNRN63. Take their behavior as the type of RN you do not want to be.
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    People are going to have attitudes where ever you go. Not all nurses are like this but you will definitely run into them throughout your career. Sometimes people have bad days, I'm not saying their behavior is appropriate, because its not. Perhaps you caught them after a horrible shift, or perhaps they are just miserable people in general. Whatever the case may be, you just have to figure out for yourself what kind of nurse you want to be. The learning opportunities in clinical can teach you the good parts of nursing, you will find nurses you want to be just like. You will also come across those who you vow to never be.
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    This needs to be addressed in post conference and by your instructor.

    I am assuming this is a large inner city facility, please correct me if I am wrong.

    You will see this attitude .. and adapt to it, either pro or con.

    However, you will not change it.
    NurseLoveJoy88, GrnTea, and Ruthfarmer like this.
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    Not that this is an excuse, and they definitely seem unprofessional. But maybe it is their coping mechanism for a crazy unit. Maybe they find it humorous or it is how they vent.

    Every once in a while on my unit when we have a very difficult pt the nurses will kind of gossip about the pt but when in the room are very professional and respectful of the pt. I think they vent in private to stop from going crazy when in the room. I do not think you will ever understand this behavior until you are a nurse yourself. I guess the best way I can explain it is the nurses vent to each other so that they feel that others understand how crazy the pt is making them.
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    Be different than them. Nothing else you can or shoudl do. since you do not work there. unless patients are hearing this or really affected by it. You will find attitudes like this everywhere. Sometimes it is 1-2 people so it may never be noticible. Other times it is 15-20 so that is the dominate attitude in the unit. Some actually seem to thrive with this attitude.
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    Thanks for your responses. My instructor knows about it. We discussed this issue, as well as, the morphine vial that got thrown in the med cart trash and the patient that was allowed to smoke in his room.
    This floor has a reputation for these behaviors, it was just shocking is all.

    However, your comments gave me a new perspective....
    Maybe working on a hospital floor is similar to waiting tables in a restaurant. There is always going to be the 1 or 2 servers who feed off difficult customers. They curse and complain in the kitchen so, when they take food to the table they don't throw it at you. I get it now.
    I just expected something different. Something called compassion? But I'll be different. After all, I never spit in anyone's food
    NRSKarenRN, GrnTea, and Esme12 like this.
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    Life in the real world of nursing is far different from what it's like in the classroom. I saw stuff that shocked me, including overhearing a nurse slap a three year old in Peds. I try to do the best when I work, but there are some days that giving the minimum is all I can muster.
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