Quote from linzz
It was my first day in orientation at a new facility and there was myself and two other RN's. One RN seemed very pleasant, yet the other turns to me and says, it is hard getting used to this country, in my country there were only RN's. I just smiled. But I also noticed that the unpleasant RN was even making rude faces when the other RN asked a few questions. My question is, is this a common attitude among some RN's because honestly I haven't seen this too often, most seem to be quite pleasant and helpful.
Not all RNs are this way, however, as theCommuter stated, there are some that do think of themselves to be superior to LPNs. Actually, you may even find some LPNs that are rude to newcomers. The nasty one you mentioned seems to simply be an unpleasent person in general, and needs few excuses to be rude.
What I have found with some RNs is that while they may not have anything against LPNs in general, the frustration may come from the fact that LPNs are more limited in how we may assist them. FOr example, most states do not allow us to do bolus medications, central lines, and in my clinic, while we can medicate and vaccinate mostly everything, we can't administer flu or pneumonia vaccination without an RN to screen, and this backs up the clinic, and RNs are dealing with the more emergent situations...yet, we have to come and request that they screen a patient. This is something we can generally do ourselves, but now, protocol is that they must be screened. Continue to smile, no matter how sarcastic that smile may be. Some people hate maturity...:chuckle