This morning I had clinicals and while I was getting report from the night nurse, she insisted on saying horrible things about one of the patients I was caring for. My clinicals are at a county hospital, thus we see a fair amount of homless patients. As she was giving reports, she said "...this (insert explitive) is a nasty homeless man who is demanding..." and another time she stated "...last night at 11:00 he demanded pain meds and I told the (explitive) that he can wait...". I have heard many nurses speak badly about their patients during report, but I was astonished at the nasty language this nurse used to refer to her patient. I am only a nursing student, thus I didn't respond to her because the last thing I need is to have a bad name for myself on the floor I do clinicals on. But how do you nurses respond to nurses like this during report? I would be tempted to walk away and tell them to come find me when they were ready to give me report.