Greetings All Nurses,
I have read this post and feel that a miscommunication has occurred! First the original post is relative to the nursing shortage WE are experiencing! In my class we had 35 students enroll by the time we graduated we had 9 of the original and 2 we picked up along the way. So my opinon is that nursing school is designed to weed out the really bad nurse want to be's. I have been fortunate, maybe it is becuase I am male but I have had only one instance in my 11 years as a nurse, of a nurse (the Charge and a BSN) being outright rude to me as her subinorate. And in that situation a Attending Physician spoke for me and put her in her place. That was in my first year at my first job (Neuro/Surg). The issue was I could not take a verbal order as the charge was trying to tell the Doctor he boldy told her he was consulting with me and throwing out options, not orders and told her she was not in the converstion. Way cool becuase I was a bit apprehensive about it all anyway. Today I no longer have that feeling of being less than for not being a RN.
I think alot of the weeding out comes from the enviroment and the fact we/I do not want to be sued so if we act like we eat our young it is to protect our clients, the new nurse from themselves, and my licensure.
I agree with the statement about mutual respect is earned! But I also have to say that the virtue of having experience and accreditation/training adds to that respect. As a LPN I am legally oblidged to follow a order from a RN, if I doubt it is correct I ask straightforward for clarification and an explanation/education for me! If I still doubt it I ask an other nurse, the supervisor, or a physician. It is that simple ! I do not talk behind peoples backs, roll my eyes or anything else disrespectfull, regardless if it is a CNA or the director of Nursing I ask for and give respect. I have had many times when a Nurse who is closer to retirement or burnout than me has a knowledge defict about what ever (and she would be my supervisor). I just give them the facts and my respect for their wisdom! Neither of us beccome offended and both of us continue to practice. And when I do not know I ask, I never act like I know what I am doing to get the job done or to appear like less of a Nurse. I teach HIV/AIDS Education for the American Red Cross at the begginning of the class I say a phrase "There is no such thing as a stupidquestion, only the one that was not asked!" I would like to end my response with that!
Have Blessed Day,