Why are some nurses so rude to each other? Our ER nurses have a horrible reputation for incivility to the floor nurses. Example-last night I pick up the phone. Someone who didn't identify herself asks if room 215 is clean yet. I answer I don't know. I was going to add that I would go look, but before I can finish my sentence she barks," Go down the hall and check". I told her that I would help but that she would have to lose the attitude. She hangs up on me. This sort of thing happens all the time. Mention ER in our hospital and you get the same reaction, everyone comments on how nasty they are.
Now I know that they are overworked and shortstaffed, but who isn't? Why make a bad situation worse by being rude to each other? We are all nurses, we are all here to care for patients, why foster hostility by continuing with impolite behaviour?
Dreamers, that's what you are. Frustration seems to come out of mouths or on this site fingers. We all have our bad days, I have said things that I am not proud of. Such as: A very drunk, profusely bleeding man keeps trying to get out of bed. Had vomited at least 1000 cc's of blood, could not leave him to take care of 2 other patients. Family would not stay, NG sucking out more, Dr would not let me do anything to stop it, such as lavage or meds.
I finally blew and said," Are you stupid or something?" upon finding the ng and foley streched farther than it could go without divine intervention. The daughter was standing outside the door. Cut out my tounge and feed it to the crows. Punish me! Floors heard her yelling at me the whold hospital heard her. I guess they figured I was punished enough by the daughter, nothing was said about it by the supervisors. I thought for sure I would lose my job.
Last edit by lever5 on Feb 27, '02