Is this normal or am I asking for too much?

  1. I am working at a unit where staffs do help each other, however staffs are splited into groups and I belong to none of the groups so I have no say in anything. I do not mind of not belonging to a group but I am getting sick of hearing them complaining behind each other's back. Nothing seems to be perfect. I have nurse clearly show disagreement and shook her head on me just because I did not move the bed that she wanted for my patient (Come on, it is just a bed. What is big deal about it?). I have CA literally standing/talking/face-booking and yelled at me when I asked for help. I accidentally put EKG on wrong spot and the tech in middle of nursing station in a loud voice asked me if I know how to put EKG on a patient (Seriously for the first time in my life I felt like I am being the point one of the nurses-The only one who ever speak up for me said that it is fixed. there is no need to be like that for that tech to walk away). I have tech informed me about change of rhythm and I questioned it , then tech turned around saying F word when I stood next to that person or talked about it to other people when I sat just across the station.
    I feel very uncomfortable working on a unit where people expect each other to do things the way they want, if something is not right or not the way they wants, they talk about it behind other person back
    Is this how most nursing units are?
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  3. by   BiohazardBetty
    I'm sorry this is happening to you. It kind of is how lots of nursing units are... Nurses are bullies sometimes, especially if they can get away with it. One thing it is sometimes hard for me to remember as a new nurse is that soooo many things are safety issues. The bed may need to be in a certain place to prevent falls or provide the best lighting... & obviously putting on a heart monitor properly is important because your pt wouldn't be on telemetry if monitoring their heart wasn't important, but the nurse & tech could/should be nicer about it... Unless they've talked with you about it before OR if you avoid asking enough questions. ALWAYS ask how to do something if you don't know how to do it... Do you know how to put on a heart monitor?? (White on the right, smoke above fire, snow over grass, brown between) It's okay if you don't, but ASK someone for help. They may be grumpy & frustrated to stop what they're doing to help you, but it's your job to do what's best for your patient, not make your co-workers like you.
  4. by   Candyn
    I am sorry to hear that
    Last edit by Candyn on Dec 5, '12