Received this email today and I am steamed!!! - page 4

I received the following email today from a RN/friend that I worked with and I am ticked! I cannot believe that this is making its way around the world wide web. At first I thought that they had... Read More

  1. by   amnesia
    I know some people are probably offended by this but I think it's kind of funny. Sorry! I can see myself in many of these scenarios. I think we all need to be a little more lighthearted and laugh at ourselves!
  2. by   nursepotter05
    I am a new grad nurse, and I found it funny! People really need to lighten up!!! We need to laugh at ourselves in this profession. I mean a good laugh is what keeps us sane and keeps us from getting burned out!!
  3. by   grace90
    Quote from hrtprncss
    Sorry this has upset u alot...Though I think the joke is basically geared for nurses that have been in Nursing for a long time....there's a little humor in it, personally, I laughed when I first read this awhile back...Because I could relate myself to the ''experienced'' nurse....It didn't bother me one bit, but now I guess a new grad would see this as a bad joke...
    I graduated 18 months ago and I thought it was funny! I work with a 39 year vet nurse on my unit and the differences between us are amazing. The best part of working with her is she is always willing to let me pick her brain with things I'm not sure about. If I didn't she'd worry about me.
  4. by   tridil2000
    Quote from MomBSN
    I received the following email today from a RN/friend that I worked with and I am ticked! I cannot believe that this is making its way around the world wide web. At first I thought that they had just misused the word experienced and graduate. Or that perhaps they should substitute "experienced" for "burned out" or "incompetent" and "graduate" for "competent". Then I thought this email serves absolutely NO good purpose. It is just another symptom of the bigger problems in Nursing (have you seen one of these for drs? firefighters? police officers? etc?)


    The email::angryfire

    >Are You a Graduate Nurse or an Experienced Nurse?
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does.
    >An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse wears so many pins on their name badge you can't read it.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't wear a name badge for liability reasons
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse charts too much.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't chart enough.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse loves to run to codes.
    >An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't want anyone to know they are a nurse.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad.
    >An experienced nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps,
    >napkins, etc.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient.
    >An experienced nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain
    >them.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards.
    >An experienced nurse can't hear any alarms at any distance.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't want to know about them unless the patient is
    >symptomatic.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
    >An experienced nurse lets the CNA give the patient a bath.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse thinks people respect Nurses.
    >An experienced nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to
    >change
    >it.
    >An experienced nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse looks for a chance "to work with the family."
    >An experienced nurse avoids the family.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse expects meds and supplies to be delivered on time.
    >An experienced nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient.
    >An experienced nurse will insert a Foley catheter.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse always answers their phone.
    >An experienced nurse checks their caller ID before answering the phone.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse thinks psych patients are interesting.
    >An experienced nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse carries reference books in their bag.
    >An experienced nurse carries magazines, lunch, and some "cough syrup" in
    >their bag.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse doesn't find this funny.
    >An experienced nurse does
    someday you'll find this funny too.
  5. by   BabyRN2Be
    Sorry it upset you. I'm neither an graduate nurse or experienced nurse (yet). But I've been around a lot of nurses and I find parts of it to be true. It's funny. Loved it. See the humor...
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Frankly, I find the phrase "Nurses eat their young" extemely offensive and professionally damaging as a nurse, far more so than the Graduate VS Experienced Nurse, but that is just my opinion.
    It's not just you, i'm beyond sick of that phrase as well.
  7. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    It's not just you, i'm beyond sick of that phrase as well.
    "Nurses eat their young"

    Well, its true. However, I enjoy the opportunity to precept an RN new to my dept. Seems like some [not all] seasoned RNs are not receptive to RNs new to a dept., no matter if a GN, or another experienced RN from a different specialty.

    ... just my .02
  8. by   jnette
    Yes, this was posted here on the BB as well, I read it some time ago.


    I thought it was quite cute !

    Not offensive in the least. It's meant tongue-in-cheek, with some truths thrown in there, for sure. But all in good fun.. that's all.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Well, its true.
    No, it is not. It's a negative stereotypical copout for bad behavior.
  10. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    No, it is not. It's a negative stereotypical copout for bad behavior.
    Hold on, we are both on the same side. Yes, I will agree those seasoned RNs that hold true, which not all do, the phrase "Nurses eat their young" are definitely exhibiting bad behavior, as well as a negative stereotype of seasoned RNs that enjoy precepting, as I do.

    May I offer you a or :kiss or :flowersfo as a peace offering.
  11. by   sbic56
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    No, it is not. It's a negative stereotypical copout for bad behavior.
    I think it's a tired old insinuation, too. Stereotypes are based upon positve as well as negative commonalities within a group. We all like to be thought of as caring and kind; the positive stereotype of a nurse. We cringe to think we could also be seen as intolerant, impatient or difficult; that negative stereotype of the wretched old nurse devouring the nubile grad. The real truth is somewhere in between. That's what made this "experienced vs new nurse" email humorous. We are all just people with our frailties as well great attributes, who also happen to have become nurses.
  12. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from sbic56
    I think it's a tired old insinuation, too. Stereotypes are based upon positve as well as negative commonalities within a group. We all like to be thought of as caring and kind; the positive stereotype of a nurse. We cringe to think we could also be seen as intolerant, impatient or difficult; that negative stereotype of the wretched old nurse devouring the nubile grad. The real truth is somewhere in between. That's what made this "experienced vs new nurse" email humorous. We are all just people with our frailties as well great attributes, who also happen to have become nurses.
  13. by   DusktilDawn
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    No, it is not. It's a negative stereotypical copout for bad behavior.
    How about changing the phrase to "nurses take care of their young," because when I got my first nursing job as an RPN/LPN that's exactly how the experienced nurses treated me and everyone else. I also don't see any "eating" amongst the RNs I work with now.

    I think it's awful when I see nursing students posting that they've heard the phrase "nurses eat their young," from their instructors. If a student is assigned one of my patients, I want them to feel they can approach me.

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