Nurses eat their young - now I understand why. - page 5

by RN_Marie

29,757 Views | 158 Comments

I started working for a sub-acute LTC as the DSD last week. The DON and I hit it off because we have the same vision on what we need to do in order to solve the problems we current have. Early this week, we posted an ad for... Read More


  1. 2
    Not having read all responses... I'm not surprised you get applicants that seem clueless.

    As a new grad I would certainly not have applied for a charge nurse position anywhere - and certainly not in LTC (which I was familiar with, having worked there as a CNA and being aware of the high nurse/pt ratios). So those who think they are capable of starting out as charge nurse right out of school undoubtedly have a very high opinion of themselves and their nursing skills - justified or not.

    P.S. None of this gives any nurse an excuse to eat their young (or their own - they do it to experienced nurses too. I should know.)
    noahsmama and Cougar1113 like this.
  2. 9
    Quote from netglow
    Ha ha. I worked as a vet tech many years ago (highschool). Necropsy for vets? means mostly, toss 'em in the deep freeze until crematory picks 'em up.
    Your ignorance is astounding, especially how you generalize that everyone's vet tech experiance must be similar to yours. I personally have a lot of experiance in necropsy, especially in research, and I can find, isolate, remove without damage and preserve any organ in the body, including tiny little glands such as the pituitary...and I can do it in an animal as small as a mouse or larger animals.

    And if you worked as a VET TECH in highschool, you were NOT A VET TECH you were an off the street, trained on the job vet assistant for crying out loud.

    And I see absolutely nothing wrong with what the vet tech posted on her resume because what she put was the truth. Although there are a lot of similarities between the human and vet world, I completely understand that there are a lot of differences. As a vet tech you are responsible for doing everything and anything that a human nurse would do within any dept of a hospital (granted we don't have CT scans, etc), problem solving all the equipment, etc. If the x-ray processor konk's out, I can manually process them...if the anesthesia machine is on the spurts, I can fix that too...if the CBC machine is acting up, I can do a manual count and so on.

    No matter if you are working with people or furry animals, medicine is the same, it has a "feel" to it that you are either born with or your not and either your really good at it, you totally suck at it or it's just a job...I am really good at medicine, I love it, "nursing" (The profession or practice of providing care for the sick and infirm) is in my blood and it will always be a part of my life.


    I have experiance in so many different areas that a nurse may never experiance in their lifetime, no matter how many departments he/she transfers to. I will be the first to tell you that all vet techs are not created equal, as are most nurses I am coming to realize, and the majority of the "vet techs" that open their mouths and give vet techs a bad name are not vet techs at all but vet asst's, because few vet techs leave the profession they love so much.
    CaliBoy760, Lennonninja, SHGR, and 6 others like this.
  3. 27
    Quote from RN_Marie

    I ask you this, can you honestly say that you are a nurse when you have never functioned as one? When you have never performed any duties of a nurse? When you never had the opportunity to pick up the phone and call a doctor? When you have to tell a family that their father has passed away? When you've never given medications outside of the clinical setting?
    Well, my state BON gave me an RN license after I graduated and passed the NCLEX, and they called me a nurse. It's the same RN license that someone with 20 years of experience has. So yes, I would call myself a nurse even if I had never worked as one. I earned that when I passed my NCLEX. I would call myself an inexperienced nurse, which is exactly what your applicants are saying. I'm not really sure what you expect- that they come into an interview claiming that they are unworthy of being called a nurse because they have no experience and begging you to train them? Hardly a good attitude to bring to an interview.

    Quote from RN_Marie
    Also, I never said that the orientation is three days. It's a 2-month program. Plus, I don't interview graduate nurses that has just received their licenses. I want them to get the best experience they could have and I agree that is with the acute setting. That said, I selected candidates who had been in the job market for a year or so. People who do not qualify anymore to the new grad RN programs.
    Okay, so you're not only interviewing new grads with no experience, you're interviewing the people who, for one reason or another, were unable to find a job in their first year out of school. I'll ask again- What did you expect?

    I still maintain that your expectations are too high for your population. You're stating that you want someone who is trainable and experience is not required. Yet you're nit-picking responses to individual questions rather than looking at the applicant as a whole and assessing if they will be trainable and a good employee. You're writing them off based on their inexperience, which you specifically stated they didn't need to have.

    I feel bad for those applicants. They were misled. Rather than offering then constructive criticism to help them improve their interview skills, you posted their faults on an internet forum for others to laugh at. That is exactly an "eating your young" attitude. OP, I wouldn't want to work for you.
    sleepRN, juan de la cruz, hgrimmett, and 24 others like this.
  4. 8
    The answer for dealing with these "privileged" new grads is NOT to "eat your young." Eating your young implies hazing, harassment, disrespect, and lack of professionalism. It has no place whatsoever in the workplace.

    An student will rise or fall on his own merits; the best you can do is role model, teach, and remain honest. Don't become part of the problem.
    noahsmama, Kali108, klone, and 5 others like this.
  5. 29
    I sense some arrogance on this thread. I don't get why there is bashing of the vet tech especially someone who is not here to defend himself/herself. Humans usually don't bite back and if you explained a procedure to them usually there is some cooperation. Little fluffy on the on the other hand will meet you in fright or aggression.

    Posting someone's portion of a resume on a nursing forum is not tactful either. People give a resume in confidence. What if the person who did this interview comes online and sees that? How would you feel? The person went to your facility for an interview not to be publicly ridiculed online.
    nuangel1, diva rn, juan de la cruz, and 26 others like this.
  6. 7
    I agree 100% with PetstoPeople. But, then again, a lot of the other posters think I am a ding bat anyway. But, yeah, the vet tech can't put anything else as a position title because if that was the name of the position, they can't help that. I think the vet tech has a lot of potential. I have many friends who are vet techs or have served in that role, and they do have to do a lot. Also, I agree with some people being better at others at resume writing and interview skills.

    And yes, Tyloo, OP is tactless in posting portions of the interviewees resumes online. If you want skills, by all means put experience required. There is no law that you have to hire new grads or people without experience. I wish interviewers would keep in mind that in this economy, people try so hard to get jobs and interviewers laugh in their face and make fun of them.
    klone, sapphire18, Cougar1113, and 4 others like this.
  7. 1
    .... :uhoh21:
    noyesno likes this.
  8. 11
    I've used my nursing skills on animals. Used to volunteer at the local humane society. Gave shots, drew blood. It's a lot like peds nursing, except you've got fur in the way. I have tons of respect for vet techs. And veterninarians! Vets have to learn all the stuff MDs have to learn, but vets have to do it with bunches of different species, MDs just have to learn it on humans.
    diva rn, joanna73, mrr5745, and 8 others like this.
  9. 12
    Quote from tyloo
    Posting someone's portion of a resume on a nursing forum is not tactful either. People give a resume in confidence. What if the person who did this interview comes online and sees that? How would you feel? The person went to your facility for an interview not to be publicly ridiculed online.
    I totally agree! I would feel so bad for her if she were to come on here and see that.
    hgrimmett, joanna73, noyesno, and 9 others like this.
  10. 5
    Quote from tyloo
    Little fluffy on the on the other hand will meet you in fright or aggression.
    lately i have had some patients like this- either having psych issues or severe dementia/delerium/geripsych issues.

    I actually find that my work with animals( horses, having had cats/dogs , all my life) has been very helpful in trying to ease the confused sometimes non- verbally.

    oops- sorry to derail...
    silverbat, Hoozdo, DutchRN09, and 2 others like this.


Top