Quote from sunshine344
I have just completed my first semester in an LVN program and my second rotation unfortunately didn't go as well as the first. I felt like a total outcast in a small group of 5, including me. For example, all 4 of them would stick together and help each other with turning and bathing, but when I needed help, none of them wanted to help me and they would treat me as though I am invisible, as if I weren't even there.I discussed this with the teacher but she wasn't concerned the least and she wasn't a good teacher to begin with,she definitely had her favorites and I wasn't one of them. I'm not sure what the reason was for me being singled out. Maybe it was because of all of them are Asian, and I am not. I am a nice person and was more than willing to help out my fellow classmates, but when I needed them they were no where to be found. I felt as though I were an alien. Nobody deserves to be treated this way, especially when they haven't done anything wrong. Anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks for reading.
After working in a hospital for 11 years (on 2 different units) and completing 3 semesters of nursing school, here is my advice. There will always be cliques and people that stick together. You are never going to get along with or fit in with everyone or maybe even a majority of people. The reason(s) for being shunned can be significant and obvious or a complete mystery and totally petty.
I agree with you that nobody deserves to be refused assistance as this only hurts the patient. You believe you have done nothing wrong, and therefore, you discussed the situation with your instructor. In my experience, I would have talked to the students first and asked if something was wrong. If nothing was resolved, then I might have gone to the instructor. When I have had problems at work, I would confront my co-worker with the issue. The majority of the time everything was worked out and discussed civily as adults. Most times, people don't realize you are bothered by their behavior until you say something to them. Going straight to an authority figure may not always be the best approach because it just increases the tension between you two. The only time I went to a supervisor to report a co-worker was when I received a verbal death threat.
If fellow students won't help, try to see if staff CNAs would help. They are usually really helpful and a wonderful resource.
Everywhere you work you will run into jerks. Strengthen your independence and self-reliance. I always say that I go to work/school to work/learn, not to make friends.