Hygiene Queen, RN Guide 23,597 Views
Joined Sep 13, '07.
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I have a cap. I wear it on Halloween with uniform dress, white hose and navy blue sweater. I wear it to my elderly day care job. The old folks love it! My coworkers (that are not nurses) tell me I look intimidating in this, lol. Not sure why.
And Bookworm, too...
Maybe I'm just low class or tacky, but by golly, these stories had me laughing so dang hard!
I'm sorry you don't get it.
Surgeon is a notorious screaming anus...
Yes, many if not most psych units are locked. In fact, I've never been in one that wasn't. (Not that I've been in a lot of them.) This is done to keep patients safe and to minimize distractions. And no, it wasn't at night, so it wasn't creepy at all.
A couple of years prior to THAT, worked with a nurse who always wore a nurse's cap. She wore it because "I earned it".
A long time ago, I started my first ever job as a CNA. This nursing home was a hell hole. I sucked it up for about two weeks before I quit.
Anyway, the aides were a bunch of older men and women who were absolute losers. They were, maybe, late 20's to early 40's. I was 17. You'd think they'd show some maturity, but nooo. The crap started to fly when a resident complimented me and this was overheard by the aides. Oh my god, you'd think being complimented would be a fantastic thing... not to these yahoos. I was immediately taunted, "Ooooh... you're sooooo nice... isn't she just sooooo perfect!" Blah blah blah.
Then as I was walking down the hallway, there they all were, waiting for me to pass. They were actually lined up on each side and blew straw wrappers in my face when I walked through! I couldn't believe it! Another time, they all gathered about to watch Tim the Lead Aide offer me a piece of chocolate cake that he had brought from the soiled utility room!!! Yes, I'm confident to this day that there was poop in that cake. When I told him I wasn't stupid, you better believe I was mocked some more.
I also had my purse stolen the first day was there-- but that wasn't bullying. That was just a thief.
I have never, in any job anywhere, ever experienced anything like that before or since. I believe it's truly rare. Thank the Lord.
I hope the students on here never feel too bad about tossing out a wrong answer or two. That's how we learn. I know that when I've been wrong, the correct answer has stuck with me for ever and ever afterward! That said, perhaps students need to make it clear that they are students (or pre-students) when they participate. It just helps other students measure the weight of some of these answers.
All students who come here are well advised to remember that not all participants in these threads will have correct answers or will even be leading you in the right direction. Students: Take each answer with a grain of salt and fact check it for yourself.
Oh, that first year is brutal for most.
You have to tough it out.
That's the only way it gets easier.
It's "trial-by-fire"... your abilities are being pushed to the extreme limit during new and stressful situations.
The question is: are you able to tough it through and come back for more and do better next time.
Every time you come back, the easier it is to handle.
When new nurses want to give up right away, I think:
1) They just need a boot in their butt to get back in there (and show 'em!) and they're tough enough to do it.
2) They need to get out because they don't have the endurance and patience to chug through.
I think most fall under #1.
I would encourage shoving steel down your spine and facing it... again and again until you've got it!
Personally, I had an episode, within my first few months, wherein I was so beyond stressed and humiliated by my incompetence that it took every fiber of my being to march my butt back to work.
I almost walked out.
While my incompetence certainly didn't win me any awards, I did earn a wee bit of respect by my willingness to toughen up and endure the situation in order to learn and move on.
If I had quit, I would never have reached the point to where I'm comfortable.
I never would have earned any degree of respect by my peers.
I would have been remembered as a "quitter".
I handle things now that hardly cause me to sweat...
But back in my first year, I was certain I was going to go to an early grave from a mighty MI or a stroke... and it was going to happen before my shift was over... I was going to die
Well, I'm still here and so is each and every nurse.
If it were so impossible, there would be no nurses.
Please, before you quit:
DON'T DO IT!!!
I think you'll find a degree of pride in just how tough you can be and amazed by how much you learn.
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