Wow, mtmom................ that really bites !!!
Sounds to me like there was some professional jealousy going on there.
You were the professional outsider, and they didn't want their ways interfered with.
I agree with those who say the line about "three weeks" is a crock, because that's exactly what it is! 6-8 weeks is neccessary before taking on a full patient load, and you cannot expect to feel truly comfortable until one year in the field.
Heck, it takes about three weeks just to get the machines downpat.. to be able to set them up properly each time. And they know that, too, they were just giving you a line of bull.
As far as the "familiarity" with the patients, yes, that DOES happen in most units, but again, there's a line. While we do feel like "family", we also keep it professional. We joke around, and carry on with them, and they do reciprocate, and enjoy it. But we do NOT cuss in front of our patients.. that would be unprofessional in ANY setting. Nor do we pry into their personal business, or reveal our own. We let the patients share with each OTHER to their own hearts' desire, but we don't offer information about one patient to another patient.
Dialysis is certainly more lax about HIPAA due to the familiarity aspect, but even so, we do try to teach even our patients about privacy issues when they begin to inquire of other patients.
It's sad.. you would have been a wonderful asset there. But I think this is what the banana bunch feared. The party would be over for them. Really a shame.
Not ALL units are like this. Our unit is a wonderful, caring, lighthearted, yet professional unit.
And we would rather die than call in sick ! :chuckle Not that we wouldn't want to at times, but we care about each other (our colleagues) too much to put anymore undue stress on them, as well as for our patients. So yes, we really have a good team. As always, there's going to be a little bickering here and there, but you have that in the BEST of "families", right?
I'm so sorry to hear this. I do hope you can find something where you will feel accepted and comfortable.. SOON (((HUGS)))