I suppose I want to vent, or maybe make a statement. I am generally a laid back person, at work and at home. I realize that everyone has their own personality, however I wanted to bring this up and see what everyone has to say about it.
My entire nursing career, I have tried to be friendly to new hires and nursing students. After all we were in the same position once too!
Since my husband and I have been travel nursing I have noticed "unfriendly nurses".
I don't know if they just don't like new people in general or if it's because we are travelers. I even had one nurse introduce me to someone I was going to report to as "the traveler". I had to reply that I had a name and expected them to use it.
What is it? Are they afraid we want their jobs? Hey, I'm having a great time traveling and will be gone in 12 weeks......no threat here.
Is it that they don't think we have experience? Hey, I have forgotten more than most of these young guns have learned. Besides, as a travel nurse the hosptials expect you to hit the ground running with very little orientation.
Anyone have a take on this?:typing
I'm an outgoing and friendly person, and honestly I miss my friends at home. Would like to make new friends all over this great USA.....
So, thanks for listening and welcome any and all comments......
currently on assignment in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Aug 29, '08
by Tweety, BSN
I've heard this before and I don't get it. You're there to help them.
People don't like outsiders and they are jealous you make more money. Who knows. It's petty.
But not all Travelers are friendly. Perhaps they are jaded by your predicessors who make the famous "that's not how we do it up North", "I can't wait to get out of this hell hole I can't understand how any of you people can' work here", etc. type of comments.
Last edit by Tweety on Aug 29, '08
Sorry that you're encountering this Dianne.
Wish I had some good answers about why this occurs. (All I can think is maybe the regular staff is burning out from all the general bs and stuff acute care RN's have to contend with on a daily basis.)
I've never done the travel RN thing but have worked in many hospitals that depended on travel staff. Especially to fill night shift openings. Sometimes these travelers have asked me basic questions, ie where to find something... or could you please show me how to use some new device....Several times the travel nurse then thanked me (emphatically)...and it seemed as if they were just grateful for any helpful or kind response from staff. Geez, if nobody can take a second to help....then we need more staff.
Like I said, I have no answers. Maybe if all RN's were just treated a little better by management.
Last edit by lyceeboo on Aug 29, '08