Yep this is a vent thread.
I work with plenty of older nurses who are hard workers. But there is a definite group of them at my work who are lazy, think they can get away with doing less work, take longer meal breaks, refuse to work anything but a day shift, give all the heavier tasks to the younger nurses and justify this behaviour through this sense of self entitlement that because they are older the young ones should be doing all the work because 'we have more stamina'.
Is it just me or does anyone else here get so irritated with this? I had a heated discussion yesterday with a nurse who tried force me to scrub for the entire day's operating list because she is lazy and thought I should do it because 'your young'. I put my foot down and told her that if she's thinks too old to scrub for a case then she's too old to work here.
I see this happen all too often. Yes we're younger but I checked my employment contract last night and I'm pretty sure it doesn't state that because I'm young I should be doing the heavier tasks so the older nurses can sit down and do minimal work.
So if any nurses out there in this group I'm complaining about are reading this well maybe you should seriously think about working somewhere that doesn't require you to bully younger nurses into exhaustion and burnout. If you can't handle the pace then you can't handle the area.
This is just plain wrong. I can see some bennies based on seniority like first choice of vacation time or steady shifts. After all if steel workers and auto workers get these things based on seniority why should a nurse. BUT they should pull their own work load when they are there. You are off to a good start, if you refuse to accept the abuse they will soon stop it.
Last edit by oramar on May 7, '09