"Seasoned Nurses will eat their young" - page 3
by taydian 2,626 Views | 24 Comments
Probably a recurring question on here............but........... Is this still generally true? Have any of you seasoned nurses treated new nurses badly? I heard about this often, but I, nor other nurses I know who have... Read More
- 2Nov 19, '13 by calivianyaI feel like this has a lot to do with what kind of environment you live in (rural vs. urban, community hospital vs. teaching hospital). My experience to date is that people in large teaching hospitals in bigger cities are more likely to be nice to you. I feel like some nurses get "stuck" in community hospitals because their families live in the area and they have nowhere else to go, and since the pay grades tend to be lower and there is often less help, they are more likely to be positively evil. There are good eggs and bad eggs everywhere, but I have found more bad eggs in more rural places. At least in a larger city if a nurse hates her job, there are probably five or six other hospitals to apply to, whereas they're just trapped in small towns and have nowhere else to go. I did all of my clinicals in larger teaching hospitals and I would cut off a finger to work at any of those because the nurses were so much nicer and the environment was so much better. Just my two cents.
- 0Nov 19, '13 by HappyWife77My only fear of ever being eaten was when I was a student and rumor had it that our labor and delivery clinical instructor was a bear. yikes! But guess what....I made it out alive, I learned more because made sure I knew my material and lived to tell about it.
We have all been students, so it should be easy to be approachable and to extend a hand to those coming up behind us.
- 0Nov 20, '13 by Not_A_Hat_PersonI did nursing school in Boston, and the nurses at 2 of my clinical assignments were flat-out hostile toward students. One clinical instructor actually told us to go to her, not the floor nurses, if we had any questions. CNAs and techs were usually pretty friendly, and helped us out a lot. Maybe it was because we made their jobs easier, while the nurses saw us as obstacles.
I've been a nurse for 5 years now, and I like precepting newbies, but I wish more schools used the 1-to-1 preceptor model for clinicals. It's really not the staff nurse's job to teach students, and many of them aren't good at it.
- 2Nov 21, '13 by monkeybugQuote from Not_A_Hat_PersonI don't know if it's done this way every where, but preceptorship is only the last semester here for our 4 local nursing schools. And while I love to precept senior nursing students and new grad nurses, the herd of clinical groups is aggravating usually and is usually an obstacle. The instructors are often the issue, because in a lot of cases around here, they have NO obstetric experience but they are doing obstetric clinicals. They have no idea what's going on, and it can cause issues. Not to totally excuse the students, though. Try to find a place to chart, and there are 4 or 5 of them at the desk going over their care plans or studying. Try to eat lunch and there's 4 or 5 of them in the break room taking up precious space. Do a C-section and the instructor can't understand why 3 of them can't go to watch. Why? Because the room is not that big, and as circulator I have a crap ton of other things I'm responsible for, so I'm not usually in the mood to dress out 3 students and then watch them like hawks around my sterile field. Especially when they all troop out when the last staple goes in, instead of staying and helping move the patient. No, it's not glamorous or interesting, but it would certainly be nice repayment for me taking up so much of my time. And I'll never forget when I was breastfeeding my child and pumping at work. 3 different clinical groups busted in on me in our locker room while I was pumping, and all I got when I protested was a <giggle giggle> "we're all girls!"I did nursing school in Boston, and the nurses at 2 of my clinical assignments were flat-out hostile toward students. One clinical instructor actually told us to go to her, not the floor nurses, if we had any questions. CNAs and techs were usually pretty friendly, and helped us out a lot. Maybe it was because we made their jobs easier, while the nurses saw us as obstacles.
I've been a nurse for 5 years now,and I like precepting newbies, but I wish more schools used the 1-to-1 preceptor model for clinicals. It's really not the staff nurse's job to teach students, and many of them aren't good at it.
I never treated the students any way but kindly, even when I was grinding my teeth over something they said or did, because I remember being a student and being treated like dirt by staff nurses. But I also remember ALWAYS standing and giving my chair to any nurse that came into the station. And if a staff nurse did actually come to us and offer to let us do a Foley or IV, I never, ever, ever would have dreamed of saying (as was said to me) "Oh, I'm a BSN student, I'm going to be a manager, I don't need to know all of that stuff." As I had graduated from the school that little twit was attending, a small part of me died inside of embarrassment to hear that. And when I recovered I reported her to her instructor.