Hello everyone, I am a new nurse (have been working as a LPN for 4 months) and I am so sick and tired of my co-workers making me feel like I cannot even make a photocopy right!
Anytime I am doing something even the simplest things such as sorting through faxes on of the nurses come and takes them off my hand and do it herself looking at me like I am doing it too slow.. Why do older nurses have that need of constantly making sure that you know they do everything better or faster than you?? I am sure some of you are going to say they are trying to help, but that is not always the case. I cannot even make a phone call to a patient without having one of them trying to intervene on my conversation or making fun of my
I am just irritated and depressed, I want to be left alone so I can do my job
One of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes:
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
I was 19 when I first entered the medical field, in medical records. There was an older women in the department who was the same way with me. Later, I transferred to another department (not because of her) and was met by another coworker who was the same way. As I worked with her for some time I learned to speak up for myself.
One day I said something and she shook her head and snickered and said softly to herself, "That's stupid." I immediately came back (in a firm voice) with "I am NOT stupid." She apologized. I feel like my back bone finally developed at that moment.
To stand up for yourself you don't have to be rude (like them) or play their games. You can be kind and professional. You need to be sure of who you are.
You know who you are.
Don't let anyone tell you (or make you think) otherwise.
Last edit by nursefrances on Mar 1, '14
Thank you very much for your advise nursefrances
Last edit by vicky3131 on Mar 1, '14
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