Anyone else the QUIET nurse? - page 3

New nurse here... started my orientation on a medical floor. (I'm part of a float team so I will be floating to all different floors areas). The first day went alright- my preceptor wasn't bad... I... Read More

  1. by   LynnLRN
    Well think of it this way. You are coming into a group of nurses who have all probably known each other for quite some time. So maybe they once were quiet like you but have now become a family and appear what seems to be "loud and obnoxious" to you but its just them making work more enjoyable for themselves, because they are now comfortable with each other.
  2. by   whichone'spink
    I've been a quiet person most of my life. In nursing school however, I've learned that I need to speak up. Otherwise I will get run over. I've also learned that I need to be more aggressive in pursuing things. Otherwise I'll be stuck in a career rut. Of course, there is a fine line between being aggressive and being persistent.It's very tiring to act like someone that I'm not. I hate that nursing has way too many loud and obnoxious people. I've been one of those people that's been misconceived as a snob. I heard from one of my friends in college. It's funny that me, a quiet person chose nursing profession, which as a whole is a people profession. I shouldn't have chosen it in hindsight, but now that I'm in I'm not one to back down.
  3. by   Brannray
    I have also always been very shy and quiet around people I don't know, but once I get comfortable around someone I do get more outgoing and talkative. I don't think it makes you a "worse" nurse. It seems better to me when you're calm and not so loud. When you're sick, that would probably make you nervous with all the loud noise!
  4. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    I have always found that if I "expect" something, there is a bigger chance of it happening. If you expect to run into difficult, loud, and demanding nurses you will. On-the-otherhand, if you expect to find a good team with a variety of personalities that all work together interchangeably, you will regret losing even ONE of those personalities on your team.

    It's all those colors that make a painting gorgeous, not just the bright, loud, beautiful colors. (wow, that sounded alot more artsy fartsy than I was shooting for)! Lol
  5. by   Firefly1009
    As for me I'm the quiet type. I don't like to talk about personal things *keep it work related* and I've had 2 tell my co workers politely that I don't talk about my personal life. I mean that's the first thing people wanna know when your new. *ALL YOUR BIZ* all u need to know is that we have a goal and that's to care for people in the 12 hours we are here.. I know that may sound harsh but it works for me.
  6. by   MPKH
    I'm a quiet RN...but I sure can speak up when I need to.

    I've had no problem with me being quiet, and my manager's been telling me I'm doing a great job.
  7. by   fallinnstyle
    Quote from m.con
    im this way also, i am very quiet at work and shy. Its hard to talk when you know half the nurses around you are gossping about other nurses.
    This is exactly why I am quiet. The loud people are gossiping about other staff members, and as soon as they have any info on you, they will gossiping about you.
    So, I am extremely cautious about what personal information I let out at work, and to whom. I also choose to walk away when there is gossip about my coworkers going on.
    Last edit by fallinnstyle on Mar 31, '12 : Reason: you know,,,spelling
  8. by   doodledee
    I'm naturally quiet and many people comment on it. I hear "you're so quiet!" way too often. Like a couple other posters, I had a clinical instructor tell me I need to be more talkative if I want to make it as a nurse after graduating.

    I have many louder, outgoing colleagues that I think are really great at their jobs and I have a lot of respect for them. I don't think that one way is better than the other. I am constantly being asked why I am so quiet as if it is a negative thing. I know another quieter nurse who goes through the same thing. Its just a difference in personality but it does get treated like a flaw.
    Last edit by doodledee on Apr 3, '12 : Reason: typo
  9. by   PacoUSA
    How does a quiet nurse call a code blue??
  10. by   Vespertinas
    Push the button on the wall.
  11. by   nursemarion
    Or pull the cord or whatever the usual method is. Yelling does not help anyway. But I can still start CPR and say "Help, I need help!" without telling the whole world every thought in my head or every personal thing about my family. Sometimes I am downright shocked at the boldness of people. They tell me all about their sex lives and everything else. I guess because I am quiet enough to let them go on and on or maybe because they know I am not a gossip. Truthfully I know a LOT more about most people than I want to know, because I am quiet.
  12. by   PacoUSA
    In some hospitals the button on the wall only turns on a light over the room door. Doesn't that delay help?
  13. by   RainMom
    I'm also a quiet person. But you can believe that I can be loud when I have to be. My second week on nights, I went to assess a fresh post-op at the far end of the hallway to find him lying on the floor near the bathroom & there was so much blood everywhere, it looked like a murder scene. "I NEED HELP NOW!"

    It was all from pulling out his IV....thank God!