I just graduated from a BSN program and I've been working as a tech on this Med/Surg floor for a year that I'm thinking about working on when I get my license. I just have to tell some people about the night shift that I just worked.
There were 19 patients with 3 nurses and 1 tech, me. The first four hours or so were way more hectic than usual so we were all stressed, tired of running, etc. I catch up with my stuff, and I ask this nurse (who I've never worked with before) from the float pool if there's anything that I can do for her. She's in the middle of drawing blood from a patient, and asks which tube to use for a CBC. We determine that she's got the wrong one, so she asks me to go get the right one for her. Well, in the 10 seconds that it takes for me to walk out of the room, grab the tube and come back, she then states "I already pulled it out now." (referring to the butterfly needle). I saw that she filled up the tube that we had already established was the wrong one. I didn't question her at that point about her not even waiting for the tube that I had just fetched for her (that she asked me to get), and I told her that the lab would most likely take it anyways (since this situation had just happened 2 days ago and the lab took the CBC in this certain tube). I mean...she had already done the damage anyways by not waiting for the right tube, so I thought that you might as well send it to the lab because they might be ok with it.
So a few hours later the lab calls back. The girl working in the lab on this night said that she would not take the CBC in that tube and we needed to redraw. So when I get the idea that we need to redraw this lab...I'm like "Aw man, they did it before," (fully intending on drawing it for her since they're in the middle of shift change). Well then this crazy bitc..WOMAN says, "Just do the job, it needs to be redrawn now
And I'm like whaaat... There was no "Could you redraw that CBC?" or anything of the sort. I didn't even say anything. It took me a minute to even process the statement. So I'm gathering up all the stuff to go redraw, and I was trying to find a semi-professional way of asking, "Why didn't you just wait for the tube that you ASKED me to get for you? I told you it was the wrong tube and you said you needed the right one, but then 10 seconds later you've filled up the wrong tube..."
And people, it's not like I took too long to get the tube so she's like "screw it." I really just stepped out and stepped back in and she's pulling the wrong tube off the butterfly thing.
My point in posting was to ask this...What was I supposed to do? I never said anything to her because I felt like it made me look crazier than her to call her out on it. But now I'm home and it's almost 2 o'clock and I can't sleep because I'm wondering if I can take working with people like that, and I'm thinking about how I wished I would have just told her off. And this wasn't this only thing she did all night. It was like she expected me to drop what I was doing for MINOR things. Like...acting impatient when I have my hands full with something else and she asks me what someone's blood sugar is...and I drop what I'm doing to look it up for her, and she's sighing all loud in front of the nurse coming on to day shift like she's tired of my crap.
It was like she was just asking me to do things just to see how quickly she could make me do them. I've never really felt that vibe from another nurse. I understand it was a stressful night, but still. I have no problem with dropping what I'm doing if I'm needed. I try to be a team player, but I also expect to be given a reasonable workload, which leads me to this...
Another situation came up with a different nurse tonight when I said that I would need some help getting all the labs done because there were so many to be done within a certain time frame. The nurse manager on the floor told me to ask for help when I feel overwhelmed, so that's what I did. And since this particular nurse knows I'll be a nurse soon, she gave me this huge speech on time management and how I can't be "miserable as a PCT and expect it to get better as an RN." And I'm thinking...I volunteered to work Christmas night for this sorry floor, and I never said or acted like I was miserable. I just said I would need help getting the labs done. So then she's like..."nevermind, I'll just do all of the labs for my patients." So I say..."I'm not saying I need you to do all of them, just maybe one or two." But the more I explained myself, the more she responded as if I was complaining. It was like she was trying to make me beg her to give them back to me so that I wouldn't look like a slacker, and then psych me into wanting to prove her wrong about my time management skills by doing all of them by myself.
Nursing is full of catty women - I know this. I've had to learn how to be quick about standing up for myself since working at the hospital, but this situation was just way worse that what I've been used to dealing with. I just don't understand how these ghetto/trailor trash/unprofessional social skills carry people through the nursing profession. I pray that I do not end up this way.
How do you stand up for yourself without falling into the catty trap? Do you just ignore it? Or sometimes does it take one good snap back to let them know that they can't speak to you in that way? And with my already subordinate PCT status, how do I handle these things without sounding whiny?
On a more immature note: I hope they read this and understand how much they suck, and why no PCTs want to work with them.
Thank you for reading, and please let me know if I'm somehow in the wrong with all this. I'd love to understand their perspective because I just don't understand how people can be like that.