"Nurses Eating Their Young" - page 12

In homage to an Allnurses member who wrote a wonderful article entitled "Nurses Are So Mean", I'd like to provide excerpts from my personal blog which I wrote not to long ago. I give enormous kudos and applause to the writer of... Read More

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    Document your experience as you have described here and ask for another Preceptor. Based on what you have described here he is not qualified to be your Preceptor. Your responsibilities to your Patients are far too important, once you are on your own, not to get the best learning experience possible. Some people just don't have the patience or skill needed to teach. Teaching like Nursing takes a special kind of personality. The stress you are experiencing from this could be causing you to try too hard and keeping you from being the best you can be. Good Luck. I believe based on what you have told us, you have the right stuff, you just need someone who also has the right stuff to let it shine through

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    Ruby-the situations you describe re: being late, inappropriate attire, etc., seems to point to the Schools training these people and the Teachers who allow this inappropriate behavior. Why these conditions exist in the workplace is because it can. It would never be the case in my experience. It wouldn't even be thought of. Maybe we need to examine why it is happening not complain because it has happened. We need to Raise the Bar of our expectations! Don't you agree?
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    I have read many articles concerning the consumption of young/new nurses by more experienced, and I beg to differ with that term or saying.
    I say"young /new nurse put your big girl panties on and lets roll" I always loved to have students and new nurses with me. I think for the most part they enjoyed working with me. However, make no mistake, I expect everyone to do the very best that they can and do it right.
    I have worked in hospitals for nearly 40 years, as an aide, LPN, and finally as an RN. Fortunately, I had the nurses of WWII and Vietnam era to teach me in my early years. They were wonderful women,my Mama bears. (I gave them that name long before I knew of S. Palin). They expected me to work hard, not complain, and keep your sense of humor with me. They would not let anyone step out of bounds on their watch. If you were doing your job no problem, they would stand with you until death(no pun).
    If you were slacking, whining, or unprepared on a regular basis, they would be the first to send you to the curb. Feelings were our own problem and it was up to us to deal with it/or not.
    When you are working in the health care field, it is only as strong as its weakest link. You must always do your best. I never considered that I was being bullied. There was no reason to feel that way.
    In other words, are new nurses really being bullied, or are they the ones that need to step up to the plate?
    Last edit by PatsyGilewicz on Nov 2 : Reason: spelling
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    Quote from PatsyGilewicz
    I have read many articles concerning the consumption of young/new nurses by more experienced, and I beg to differ with that term or saying.
    I say"young /new nurse put your big girl panties on and lets roll" I always loved to have students and new nurses with me. I think for the most part they enjoyed working with me. However, make no mistake, I expect everyone to do the very best that they can and do it right.
    I have worked in hospitals for nearly 40 years, as an aide, LPN, and finally as an RN. Fortunately, I had the nurses of WWII and Vietnam era to teach me in my early years. They were wonderful women,my Mama bears. (I gave them that name long before I knew of S. Palin). They expected me to work hard, not complain, and keep your sense of humor with me. They would not let anyone step out of bounds on their watch. If you were doing your job no problem, they would stand with you until death(no pun).
    If you were slacking, whining, or unprepared on a regular basis, they would be the first to send you to the curb. Feelings were our own problem and it was up to us to deal with it/or not.
    When you are working in the health care field, it is only as strong as its weakest link. You must always do your best. I never considered that I was being bullied. There was no reason to feel that way.
    In other words, are new nurses really being bullied, or are they the ones that need to step up to the plate?
    I suspect they're the ones who need to step up to the plate, but I predict you (and I for agreeing with you) will get flamed for this!
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    I love this article and the subsequent discussion of the roles of both fear and love in displays of emotion. very insightful! I shared it with my clinical students. nice "behind the scenes" perspective that makes this issue more understandable. great work!


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