What Graduate Nurses Need To Know About Nursing - page 5

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,... Read More

  1. by   queen777
    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.
  2. by   cindystrue
    Your very welcome, its sad but true to some isnt it?
  3. by   queen777
    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.
  4. by   Mahage
    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.
  5. by   twinpumpkin
    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.
  6. by   adoherty2
    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!