Although this article is geared towards the nursing student or newer nurse, it is timely for me.
I'm an older nurse - in actual years AND in nursing years (1982 grad). For the past year or so, I've been trying to break into the home health field. My background was critical care and ER so this is new to me. An assessment is not. Frankly, I know I don't have the stamina for todays hospital environment so I'm happy to pass the torch. Part-time home health fits me perfectly. However, I've run into some of the nastiest, ugly, self-serving nurses than at any other time in my long career.
Not once have I even attempted to come across as a know-it-all. I don't know it all. This is a new arena for me. All I really know is how to assess. I'm having to learn wound care, the OASIS, communication notes in Kinnser, time management skills. So many things!! And sadly, many (not all) "seasoned" HH nurses have chosen to be negative and demeaning. Bullies. And most HH nurses are older. That makes it even sadder. We should have learned, by now, to nurture and support our peers. This type of behavior is a sad commentary on our profession - regardless of the specialty, the age of the nurse, the duration of his/her involvement in the profession.