Shortage?! HAH! Some RNs don't act like there is a shortage!! - page 2

Would someone who is already working as an RN please explain to me why some nurses are sooooo hateful and rude to student RNs? Please don't get me wrong--I realize that everyone is busy and I... Read More

  1. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I have a theory on why some nurses who have been around for a while are so awful to new nurses and students.

    It's that old defense mechanism, displacement. These nurses have probably been mistreated by docs, superiors, co-workers, etc. for years. But, they could jeopardize themselves if they took their anger out on or confronted the people who caused it. New nurses and students have no power, so they are a safe target. did these nurses survive in the viper-pit of hospital nursing? By become just another one of the vipers.
  2. by   Tweety
    Stick with the winners and don't let a few bad seeds aggravate. Concentrate on the overwhelming majority of us who are nice, or are at least not mean.

    Good luck in your studies!
  3. by   oramar
    You made me think about this one staff nurse I worked with off and on. She had the blackest heart I have ever seen in a nurse. Many, many people quit because of her. I deliberately stayed off her unit as much as possible. She would creat her own staff shortages and then call nursing office and say, "you better get some help in here". The nursing office loved her because she worked so much overtime. They did not realize that she created her own overtime. The purpose of this post is to say that it still goes on after you graduate. PS Hello Nurse just gave the simpilist, most to the point explanation of lateral violence I have heard to this date.
  4. by   Teshiee
    Sounds like an epidemic problem with nurses defecating on students. It is not nice and I love to see students I like to reassure them that they will be okay and ask questions if need be. Nursing as a whole has so many issues w/boomerang results because in the end it comes back and bites all of us in the arse!!! I remember one rotation where the nurses where all PMS'n trying to give the students the worse of the worse thank goodness we had an instructor who saw that as well and immediately pulled us off that floor. Whatever you do don't take it personal. Learn and remember when you are licensed you don't start that nasty cycle.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse

    Thanks for your comment.
  6. by   emily_mom
    Yesterday I was going to talk to my NM about my schedule availability. Her office is way at the end of one wing. I counted 13 nurses that either looked straight at me or were on that wing, and not one said boo to me. Does that scare the living bejesus out of me? How did they know I wasn't someone's family? Just thought that was so rude.

    Whenever we have a problem with a nurse (and it's not often), we just talk to our instructor. She assigns us with someone else the next day. Had one nurse who wouldn't even let me take her pt's temp. Needless to say, long day of doing nothing... Most of the nurses that I've worked with (school or workwise) are very kind and helpful. There are those who keep you on your toes and drill you with questions, but at least they challenge you and make you think.

  7. by   semstr
    History repeats itself again and again!
  8. by   renerian
    Some people are not good mentors whether it is they do not view it as important or are not mature enough to do the task. Some just do not have good people skills and for some they just are busy.......

  9. by   Scarlette
    The nurses at the hospital were I did my clinicals were so mean that a couple of them would set the students up to fail. One even went so far as to make up lies about 2 of my classmates so she wouldn't have to take students.

    Everyone finally got fed up and we took it to the head nursing instructor. She in turn went to the NM at the hospital, memos were sent out, things got a little better but not for long.

    When a couple of the nurses from the hospital came to our class to "recruit" us, they asked how many of us wanted to work at the hospital. NOT ONE PERSON RAISED THEIR HAND. We told them the same thing we told our instructor. They went back and talked to the NM again. Things changed in a hurry when everyone realized the new grads weren't going to work there and no one was going to get relief from overtime.

    We voted for our 3 favorite nurses and at graduation we presented them each with a little gift to say thanks for being nice. Hopefully the nice ones rubbed it in the mean nurses' faces! Ha!
  10. by   lenawa
    i know it can be hard to be mistreated or even worse, ignored by the nurse you are paired with, but sometimes a look from the other side is all it takes to put things in perspective. i only graduated 2 years ago and i love having students assigned to me, however i remember looking at a unit schedule where i did my consolidation. at that time there were 2 of us completing our consolidation, so we were on the floor full time (75 hours bi-weekly) asking questions and needing help, every tuesday and wednesday there was a group of 10 2nd year students and thursdays and fridays there was a different group of 10 2nd year nursing students (from 7-3) talk about student overload! this wasn't anything out of the ordinary, new groups of students rotated through every 7 weeks year round. anyway, there's no making excuses for rude or unproffessional behaviour, if a nurse doesn't want to mentor students, he/she should stay away from teaching hospitals.
  11. by   mattsmom81
    As has been said many times here, find your good folks and stick to 'em. Locate a mentor and utilize them. Folks that expect nurse coworkers to be junior Mother Teresa's all the time will be sorely disappointed. Life ain't like that and neither are nurses.

    I remember how it felt to be new but we all gotta get with the program and avoid feeling sorry for ourselves or it may become a lifelong habit. If you allow the turkeys to get you down, they generally will do just that.