To all the currently liscensed nurses who have been on the job "forever", one day you will come across a student who someday wants to be where you are. It would be nice if you took that into consideration and treated them like a human being. A guest in your house who just wants to feel welcome. Believe me we are quite aware that we have some learning to do and that is what clinicals are for. If you block out your future coworkers where is that getting you? Today has topped all of my clinical experiences as the worst. I am a student in a small southern town. My heritage is African American and my religion is Islam, yes I am a muslim. I felt like it was the 1960s I was ignored for an entire day and cheated out of my clinical experience. It was hurtful and shocking that in all this time many of us have gone no where when it comes to progessing while working in one of the most of the most progressive fields. I will not let prejudice stop me it will only help to motivate me.
How unfortunate you are experiencing this.
Know that there are many areas in the US where African American and Muslim nurses are successful in this business.
I'm not sure if it is related to your race and religion, because I wasn't there, but I won't discount it either.
You will learn to approach people assertively in terms of "setting the tone" meaning, approaching people, letting then know that you will be working with them, any questions, and guide your personality and you practice guide you, even as a student.
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Oct 29, '13