the hospital that i am working at right now just closed one of the unit. On the floor that I work(medical ward), 3 of the new nurses got bumped and 5 of the "new" nurses came in. They all have like 20+yrs of experience in LTC, when they get started they think they know everything, while they were on their orientation the AHN said just to check the medication that they prepare. The nurse freaks out! and said " y r u checking me? U know I have 30 yrs of experience and I could be ur grandma"!she made a big deal complaint to the HN and the union. and the poor nurse just got yell at for nothing.
The other new nurse had to give a transfusion, and saw her put the blood on gravity set, and the nurse approach her she said Oh, the family was in the room and I dunno how to use the pump, and said:"we dun use a pump for blood transfusion in the old days"! the hospital policy and procedure says blood products have to be delivered with the pump. How come they dun ask if they dun know something? When the nurse ask if she is ok any questions she said no. and in fact she doesn't know, she just dun want to look stupid in front of the family and rather doing smth not right. They work in the LTC for so long and they dun even give transfusion. sigh..
Personally I dun care a nurse who has 30+yrs of experience or whatever, if they have too much ego, and think they know everything they will never be a good nurse, will never improve and admit they make a mistake.
I often hear that: I have 20 yrs of expereice and I know what I am doing, u know what? u have been doing the wrong thing for 20 yrs!