Hi everyone. I have been a nurse a little over a year. My first hospital RN job had me commuting 60 miles one way, 3 times a week because I was determined to get the coveted hospital experience. I loved the hospital, the people, the unit and the hours but the commute was exhausting and the salary was less to be desired. After I hit the one year mark, I began to apply to hospitals closer to home. I was hired as a staff RN at a community hospital (similar to my first hospital) that was 20 minutes away and a significant salary increase.
I work full time nights and my co-workers are pleasant enough. My problem starts once the day shift rolls around. Keep in mind, my first RN job was a day position so I understand the dynamics of the shift. These nurses are the most rude and arrogant women I have dealt with. When giving report, they sigh and roll their eyes at you. They purposely question the most minuet information to try to trip you up. They love to write people up and they flat out gossip about you. I always leave in a bad mood because the last 30 minutes of my shift is just hell. It's been 2 months. The manager says, "Don't take it personally, that's how they are." It's my understanding that this type of attitude is the norm at the hospital. I want to stick it out as I am getting married and buying a house next fall. In addition to the great pay, I do not want to job hop as it will reflect negatively once I begin to look for a mortgage.
Any advice or suggestions on how to deal with this? At least for the next year.
Oct 11, '10
ANY Manager that explains away her Nursing Staff's lack of professionalism, concern for the patients and just plain rude, crude and socially unaceptable behavior, is a sorry Manager at that. Seems to me you are trying to sitck it out so you can buy a home and not look like a job-hopper. Would it be worth feeling the dread and misery you are going through now? Belgarion's suggestions are worth giving a try: they stimulate my sense of smart-assedness. You also might try asking the bored/interupter/rude, "I'm sorry, am I boring you?" No one likes getting one between the eyes and after a very few uses, they aren't going to interrupt much anymore! You may pick up a new (secret) Nick Name or few, but NO ONE is going to mess with you, and your job gets easier.
Just my $.02
Last edit by Vikingkitten on Oct 11, '10