Several weeks into orientation on a very busy med surg floor that has a "fancy" specialty name but is just another med surg unit, I have 2-3 nursing student come up and tell me they are going to be doing stuff with my patients, they didn't ask, they just told me. I was basically shocked...seriously. And like I witnessed during my clinical rotations, they basically did nothing but critique and criticize what I was doing and didn't let me know when and what they were going to be doing in my patients room. And I seriously am not sure if it was 2 or 3 students.
Guess what? They came back the next day and let me know that they were going to be passing meds... Didn't ask, didn't tell me their names again. Their professor spoke not one word to me, but did at one point during the day make a hideous high pitched sound as she looked at my computer screen and stormed off. My bad for not having it locked.
Didn't realize it was a mock JCO visit or hell they are superior to JCO. So basically I had a grand total of 3-4 nasty toads watching my every move. There were several other experienced nurses on duty and I really don't get why I had 2-3 nursing students with me and why their professor thought it would be a good idea to put them with a nurse 7 weeks into orientation...
In 7 weeks I have had multiple preceptors and I am not sure what this one was thinking but I did observe her take part in some staff splitting brought about by the students and professor giggling and snickering about me. Why my preceptor was discussing me with student nurses and taking part in negative comments directed at me during shift change is pretty mind blowing. I am supposed to be able to function in a toxic work environment like that? I let a solid 24 hours go by on this one and not really sure if I should bring this up with my nursing manager or not. In the city I live in there are currently 30 nursing jobs
available that I am aware of and my nurse educator said she has the ability to move new hires to different units, but I have my doubts that she has that kind of clout. I have been told that on my unit there have been several nurses that orient there for 4-5 weeks and they are never seen or heard from again. Theres been a good 3 other incidences of bullying that I let fly, but at the end of my last shift after the staff splitting and 2-3 nursing students and the cackling professor I did tell my latest nursing preceptor that I didn't like how things went down and that I cant function in an environment where that behavior goes on...No one can or would want to and damn sure shouldn't have too. Come to think of it there was another time I spoke up about some negative comments made about me as well.
I guess in the end the college is a bottom shelf public university...university ha ha ha. whatever, some of the behavior is just how nursing is. Should I discuss this with my manager? Maybe if they ask or bring up their opinion of how I am doing? What do you guys think? I bet I can snag an interview at a different hospital tomorrow and interview before my next shift. Guess the hospital can replace me with one of the nursing students that wont graduate for another year and a half if they do graduate and get licensed and choose to remain in this area... Bad business huh? What do yall think?
Apr 15, '15
Quote from StudentXTexas
I guess in the end the college is a bottom shelf public university...university ha ha ha.
I think this particular bit of nasty snobbery could have been left out.
Jade gave you great advice. Stop passively simmering and start dealing with these people with professional assertiveness. I seem to remember being taught that the assertive style of communication, where the rights of both parties are respected, is the appropriate one for nurses.
A question: did you actually hear your preceptor saying bad things about you when s/he was talking with the clinical instructor? Or did you make an assumption that they were laughing at you?
Last edit by Red Kryptonite on Apr 15, '15