Published May 9, 2005
Hello, I will be graduating in may, did the older nurses try to bully you, when starting your first job. Thanks
I was fortunate to not be bullied. There always seems to be at least one poor, unhappy soul in the work place. Don't let them pull you down. Go to your new job with a positive attitude. I think the new grads that start a job with the I know everything attitude are often targeted. Relax and learn from others even if you are learning from their mistakes. Good luck.
Tweety, BSN, RN
Not a bit. Everyone was very nice and helpful. The experienced LPNs on my team helped me out quite a bit and showed me the ropes.
Bullying of new grads does exist, but fortunately it didn't happen to me and I haven't heard of it happening at this job I've had for 14 years.
Don't expect anyone to bow down in gratitude that you're there though. :)
I did not experience any bullying whatsoever, in fact the other nurses seemed glad to have the help! I think your attitude also makes a difference; you are a new grad and so asking a more experienced nurse for their opinion or advice on occasion is not only smart (helps you learn) but also makes them realize you dont "think you know it all." Even though you may be nervous in your first job it is important to appear confident and in control -- asking for help is great as long as you carry your weight and dont appear incompetent. I think one reason for hostility at times towards new grads is that they sometimes start out at equal or higher pay than the nurses who have been there awhile. Give them some respect for the time they have put in and they will treat you fine.
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