1. Hi! I just need to vent. Working in a small rural ER. Our hospital has a total of 4 er nurses. they have all been there 15 years or longer. well, in comes me, excited, bubbly, eager to learn, and see as much as I can. Doesn't fly well. I have never seen such a negative enviroment in my life. don't know how long I can put up with it. A nurse said to another nurse about me, what is she doing here, I don't like her. Why did she get in here, etc... I have all the certifications to work in ER, acls, cals tncc, enpc, but not as much experience as them. Just not sure what to think of it all. Any moral support out there?

    b eyes
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    Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 70; Likes: 3
    RN; from US
    Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in ER, Med-surg, ICU


  3. by   TraumaICURN
    I am sorry to hear about your situation. From what I hear, this is common especially in small areas. My advice wuold be to stick it out and prove to them that you are a good nurse, even though you don't have as much experience. Just try to learn as much as you can. If you can't bear it, try relocating to an area that is more receptive to new nurses. GOOD LUCK!
    Bring them all a big bottle of gerrital, and tell them "I hope you all are hungry, cause I got a lunch fool of whoop ass for ya".
  5. by   jetsetter
    I would run! as fast as you can! anywhere else!! These nurses will stick together like glue, and if something goes wrong will leave you in the dust.

    You have to have some support, or it's just not worth it.

    if you look you will find your niche, a dept that welcomes your time,talents and care. they do exist, but you wont find it if you stay there.

    it's just not worth risking your license for these people.
  6. by   chadash
    Quote from BULLYDAWGRN
    Bring them all a big bottle of gerrital, and tell them "I hope you all are hungry, cause I got a lunch fool of whoop ass for ya".
    Got to love that!
  7. by   f360
    Sorry to hear this. I just can't understand why nurses eat their young

    Whatever you decide to do don't let this change who you are. I'm pretty certain that your patients love your bubbly personality!
  8. by   Creamsoda
    If it doesnt get better, try a bigger hospital. I worked in a small 6 bed ICU, most of the staff were great and I never had issues, but some staff didnt like the unit because it was very cliquey (sp?). I recently went to a bigger hospital so I could get more experience and I love it. Its a 25 bed ICU that gets everything, and there is such a mix of staff that I find if you dont get along with someone, you rarely see em anyway, and they are always happy to have new people. I was welcomed and never made to felt inferior.

    Good luck!

  9. by   caliotter3
    I was given the cold shoulder by the group when I started. And I had worked at this place as a CNA in the past. There was a clique that spoke in a language other than English. I just kept on. I did my best to help them when they needed it and tried to be a team player. It took months before they started to talk to me as if I was there.
  10. by   Gromit
    Jetsetter, you can't always run. Sometimes your situation dictates that you have to stand pat, tough, and just deal until you CAN say 'see ya!'. It always puzzles me how people can treat each other like dirt, especially when they have been given no cause for such friction. I've seen it on my own floor, and experienced it on others. Its a shame, but its also a fact of life. Our jobs are tough enough without having to fight each other.
  11. by   nickola
    Hang in there!! I've been in your situation b/f. I had the certifications too, but experience counts for way more than a few initials, I learned. None of the bunch (and we were all in the same age group) ever befriended me, except 2 nurses in the whole group of 8-10 that worked staggered shifts w/me. I heard the gossip about me, I didn't let on that it bothered me, and chalked it up to their own ignorance. They were not interested in helping me learn from their experience, it was easier to watch me struggle. After a year my husband was transferred out of state, and I applied at a much bigger teaching hospital-- they welcomed me w/open arms, and by then I had the experience to boost my confidence. Smaller hospitals can be very cliquey/clannish- and they are less likely to share information -- I don't know why- but they seem to perceive newbies as a threat somehow!! It was so refreshing to work in a teaching environment!! If you do have the option of going to a larger hospital, do it-- otherwise, be tough, do your job, in the end you'll be all the stronger for it!! Good luck!!
  12. by   RN4HIRE
    Just wait until they get curious enough to sneak a peek at one of your paystubs. This happened to me before. They were pissed that a new grad was making more than an experienced nurse. There ******** to administration eventually led to a pay raise across the board for everyone. I didn't realize I was making more than them until another nurse had told me. Then a vaguely remembered being handed an open paystub approx. 4 months prior. I still like to think I left while "on top."
  13. by   pepsihla
    I disagree with the "running" part. Face them head on, focus on patient care and show them how "attitude" is just as important as experience.