I know the whole why do you nurses eat your young thread is still active and maybe this fits there, not quite sure.....
the unit I work on has a great mix of junior/newer and senior/experienced nurses. For me this has been beneficial cuz I have found the learning goes both ways - They have educated me in the art and science of nursing and I have been able to share new perspectives,opinions and knowledge that they might not have had the chance to encounter.
but ,as the old story goes haha there is this one nurse (damn that one nurse is everywhere huh?)
anyway everytime one of the nurses who is her junior is around she just oozes of self inflicted superiority over us. I respect that you've been a nurse for 30 years , I think its awesome! however my nursing practice is not only shaped by the number of years I've been nursing,however few in comparison they seem to yours - but also from my beliefs about what nursing means to me and the importance of my role on the people I am caring for. And that my friend cannot be measured mearly by time frames such as days months years.
she is able to get away with making stark generalizations about the "new generation of nurses" , I would assume no one confronts her on these narrowminded generalizations because she has already paid her dues or what not, but I dont think its fair to say things like "the nurses coming up now dont care about patient care the way we did" or "she's still too wet behind the ears to do that!"
I care immensely about patient care, it might not always show because I dont have the time that you might have had years ago to take care of the patients the way I would like to - I would love to wash everyones hair everyday and whatnot but its just not realistic these days . It doesnt mean it isnt a priority to me, it just means that we are struggling now, more than ever to do all the thing s we want to, to be the nurses that many of you have inspired and supported us to be.
I just find it rather doublestandardish that she can say things like what I mentioned above , but If I were to run around saying "ohmygod shes too old to do that" or "those older nurses dont care about the advancements in technology and medication the way we do"
it would be wrong for me to say that beacuse it simply isnt true
some of us may be younger, some of us may be older
exprienced and not so experienced
nervous and calm
all in all we are nurses and we each bring something to the table, respect what each person has to offer, I'm trying to........