Quote from wcbembe
Does anyone else have a similar experience? How do you get through it? I really feel so low when this happens.
These types of nurses have stopped messing with me during report because I firmly tell them to stop interrupting me if they are going overboard with the petty questions. Yesterday I gave report to an oncoming nurse who kept demanding to know how the patients looked last week. I told her, "I didn't have these patients last week, so I don't know. Let's focus on the present."
Rude nurses pick on coworkers who are perceived as 'softies': the overly nice ones who will not defend themselves when being pushed around. In other words, they seek out people whom they see as easy targets, and they leave other nurses alone. If you make yourself a more challenging target by resisting their efforts to rip your report apart, they'll begin leaving you alone.
Sometimes it helps to call the person out on her nasty, abusive behavior. "Do you have a problem? If so, let's talk about it, but I won't tolerate being treated like dog poop."
I've learned the hard way that you sometimes need to give people a taste of their own nasty medicine before they'll stop the nastiness.