In the facility where I work, ICU nurses have this ability to make non-ICU trained nurses feel small whenever we transfer a patient to their unit. I was transferring a patient one day, and the ICU charge nurse brushed me off as I was giving report. I cannot understand why ICU nurses need to have the "i know it all and im the best nurse' attitude. Is there a need for them to feel they are smarter than the rest of us? I just dont get it. nursing is not about competition. but ICU nurses make other nurses feel that way. and its sad! what can we, med-surg nurses, do to help change this culture? I wish ICU nurses take to heart the poem "Desiderata".
Well, don't make a generalization about ICU nurses... that's not really any better.
I've never been the sort to engage in that kind of behavior. I have respect for our med-surg nurses -- they have a tough job too.
That said, I have come across nurses from the floors who have trouble giving a focused hand-off report in the unit. If I cut her off it's not to be rude, or because I think I'm better, or that I resent that she can't focus her report... it's that the patient's my priority, and I only need the info that I need... in a hurry. I'm not overly concerned about his bowels at the moment if he came to me because of his heart.
Does it sound like this could have been a factor in your encounter? What exactly do you mean by "brush off"?
Last edit by Mike A. Fungin RN on Aug 28, '09
: Reason: grammar