What Graduate Nurses Need To Know About Nursing - page 6

by Bugaloo

My co-workers and I were sitting at the nurse's station the other morning after a rough 12-hour shift. It was the first time we had sat for longer than 10 minutes all night long. We were sleepy, exhausted and a tad irritated. ... Read More


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    I would warn them that other nurses can be back stabbing, esp. charge nurses, that doesn't apply to all, but watch out. don't complain to the floor manager, just try to work it out and if it doesn't get better, give your 2 weeks notice and quit. there are other jobs out there. Try to think ahead as much as possible. I never thought another nurse would take the phone out of my hand and cancel the call to the doctor, but she sure did! With the DON standing right there too.
    Read up on legalities as much as you possibly can. If a charge nurse gives you an assignment you are incapible of handling, she/he is responsible for your actions or nonactions. Once I was ask to get vitals on a new pt for a transfusion and I didn't get there in time before the new nurse started it, I never heard a word about it. That is because baseline vitals are to be taken first, doesn't matter by who. It was the other nurse's job to do it if she couldn't wait for me to get them.
    Never accept to work on 2 different floors, its against the law. I went to my 11-7 shift, I was the only nurse for both floors. I called the DON and asked her "you are going to leave me here like this, me being the only nurse?" Her response was "wing it" "I can be there in 5 minutes.
    Well that very AM as I was busy giving meds to the long term floor a lady's new pacemaker was not kicking in on the subacute floor . She would have died had her daughter not came in to feed her!
    But I was written up for not replacing a man's foley catheter. Why he was going all over the floor? He also had liquid O2 which I knew nothing about. His pulse ox was down in the 70s when they admitted him? What? I am like why is he here? He should be at the hospital. We didn't even have a RT.
    Go figure. Its sucks and these stories and more did not all happen at the same facility either.
    Last edit by queen777 on Jul 29, '08
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    I would like to say one thing though, although I had graduated I thought I would be welcomed and needless to say that I remember a book in professional development that mentioned about older nurses eating their young and wondered what it meant. When I went to work in the OR dept. I found out exactly what it meant. I had always had a positive attitude but they have taken a toll on me to the point where I wanted to change depts. The older nurses need to know have some patience because you started off at one time too and you will be rewarded in the end. Cindystrue
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    Quote from cindystrue
    I would like to say one thing though, although I had graduated I thought I would be welcomed and needless to say that I remember a book in professional development that mentioned about older nurses eating their young and wondered what it meant. When I went to work in the OR dept. I found out exactly what it meant. I had always had a positive attitude but they have taken a toll on me to the point where I wanted to change depts. The older nurses need to know have some patience because you started off at one time too and you will be rewarded in the end. Cindystrue
    I couldn't agree with you more! Well, one of those charge nurses did drop dead literally at home. So guess she got her's.
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    Your very welcome, its sad but true to some isnt it?
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    Quote from cindystrue
    Your very welcome, its sad but true to some isnt it?
    Yeah. I could never understand them though, the charge nurses, because between the two they had almost 60 years of nursing experience, yet I got the feeling I was intimidating to them. They were always wanting to "write me up" for something lame. They did finally get me one night when they overloaded me with a new pt, so I had 9 pts while the other nurses had 7. I always got stuck with the hardest pts too or the split hall, fun.
    One night another nurse from another floor called me onto the elevator. At the time I had no idea why, but I soon found out by her response. As we rode together, just her and I to her floor where she was the charge nurse, she informed me that Virginia would stay after me until I quit or transferred to another floor. I asked her why because I just had no idea nurses could be so childlike and hateful.
    Well I didn't transfer nor did I quit until I was fired. A elderly frail lady died with CHF, she had had radical rectal surgery.
    I guess nothing was on my record because I didn't have a problem getting a job afterwards. What it boiled down to was they were clicky just like highschool, and they wanted me gone and they managed to do it.
    I cried and cried. I had worked so hard to get where I was. It hardly seemed worth all of the effort when someone keeps up their ugly ways. New nurses should know this. Anything can happen and don't think for one minute that other nurses "just can't be that mean", because they can and will.
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    Hi Hassled! Did I understand that you graduated Nursing at 57? I graduated at 55. I have been working in a busy IMCU unit since January and sometimes my head spins, but I am loving it!!!
    I could really relate to your comments.
    Mahage
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    As a new nurse, I thank you for this article. Whenever I feel overwhelmed with all the information I must know, I try to remind myself that I can't learn everything all at once and that every nurse was once a "new" nurse.
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    This is so encouraging!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this for all new nurses. I'm SO scared of beginning my consolidation because of the stories I've heard about how other nurses "eat their young". Wish me luck!


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