When I was in nursing school
, I just kept repeating to myself "shut up and learn". I think that helped me in orientation. Nurses who teach tend to like to teach, but it can be pretty thankless when you have someone who doesn't want to be taught, or is more about their ego, than taking care of the patient.
Here's what I decided:
1. criticism is your friend. If someone cares enough to give you criticism, say thank you. It may hurt, you may think you don't need it, but say thank you and try to figure out how to use it.
2. If some one rechecks or confirms your work in the OR, which I WILL do if I am relieving you, don't take it as an affront, be happy that I am confirming your good work. I want you to do the same to me, because if I miss something, I damn well want to know about it.
3. Lose any and all attitude when it comes to counting. Yes, I know there is no way that you will lose a lap pad in that incision. My chart requires two counts. If anything goes wrong in the case, I don't want any aberrations in my charting. If you ditch your drapes after just counting the sharps, I have to dig through the trash to confirm the second lap count and guess what? Now I KNOW I don't want to work with you again, and you're not a team player.
Good for you asking the question.