(Closed) nurses eat their young?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
605 posts
Busy bee

You’ll find that with every profession, not just nurses. It comes down to their personality. Doesn’t matter if it’s a nurse, an accountant or a cashier. If the person is tighly wound and easily annoyed, they’re going to be bitchy.

FWIW, my best friend is a nurse and I know several others. None of them eat their young. 

Post # 4
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

My husband is a nurse.  Some of them are super jaded and bitchy and mean, but most of them are supportive and fun coworkers.  Just like any high-stress job I’d imagine…

Post # 5
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

harleyq:  I am a Registered Nurse and have come across some surprisingly mean pharmacy techs and pharmacists.

Post # 6
1186 posts
Bumble bee

harleyq:  The key is to not let that attitude go ‘unnoticed.’ In my hospital, if a nurse acts that awful- they get reported to the manager and HR for a bullying and/or poor attitude. It’s that people let those poor attitudes go without punishment. 

Nursing is a high stress job, yes, but that doesn’t excuse poor and unprofessional behavior.

Post # 7
5226 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve been advocating for a prozac/ativan cocktail to be made available in the breakrooms of the hospital where I work, but so far the idea has been shot down. I also thought maybe putting them in a candy dish would be festive.

Yes, nurses eat their young. You will find it true of just about every profession that has a high instance of burnout. Of course, a big contributor to that is having to deal with other areas of the hospital that never seem to have their stuff together, the pharmacy being the most notorius.

Post # 8
728 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d imagine it’s like any career; people of all personality types. Just because someone goes into nursing doesn’t mean they fit the archetype of Florence Nightingale.

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Post # 9
2879 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

harleyq: as a manager who does a lot of training, sometimes it’s really really hard if the junior person doesn’t google very basic concepts, doesn’t take five minutes to think critically for themselves and when you lay out exactly what you need them to do, they still cannot connect the dots. It’s maddening. How can one teach if the student isn’t paying attention?

not that this excuses unprofessional behavior, but the junior person should also be a thoughtful professional. 

Post # 10
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I hear nurses eat their young with fava beans and a nice chianti. 

Post # 11
9 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Horseradish- being an RN, I can attest! I dont agree with it, but it happens

Post # 13
2879 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

harleyq: it’s a bit of both. students who are critical thinkers / problem solvers probably go into better compensated professions (finance, consulting, law, medicine, engineering). 

I work in tech marketing, and the communications kids are especially woefully unprepared. There’s a rare diamond in the rough, but the time it takes to find him or her is almost not worth it. The product marketing kids are much much better, but hate the writing aspect. 

you don’t know the back story and history. I once gave a junior person a dressing down because she had zero attention to detail, was not proactive, could not tell the difference between writing sample A and sample B and was asking a million questions whose answers did not matter. She also is arrogant in that she considers herself a writer, but doesn’t have and understanding of sentence / paragraph / content structure, audience understanding, etc. so I feel like I’m teaching her high school English. She’s at top notch public university (a UC) which is disappointing. 

I love questions, but hate questions that can easily be answered by google or questions where the answer literally did not matter (I.E. You are going to do what’s been decided so any more information will not change your approach or methodology).

It was all I could do not to scream “do you even give a shit because if you don’t, there’s the door. Come back when you’re wearing your caring pants.” Instead, what came out of my mouth was “your content is boring and riddled with mistakes that indicate that you don’t care about doing a good job. I’m sure that’s not what you intend, so help me understand why this is happening and how I can help you write better.”

Anyhow, it’s possible this nurse is overextended, tired and over super junior kids who have to be told the same thing more than once, can’t google, etc. maybe pull junior nurse aside and ask if everything is ok.

Mentoring requires a lot of energy, which is why mentors need to be the ones to pick their mentees. They’ll be more invested in their success and less resentful of their inexperience. 

Post # 14
49 posts
  • Wedding: April 2015

harleyq:  I work in the hospital and I’ve seen bitchy nurses and really nice ones. I think it’s in every profession. Just think, people come from all walks of life and some handle stressful situations better than others. Just look at all the post you’ve gotten on this thread alone, some are obviously snarky and quick to jump down your throat, while others are a little more patient. 



Post # 15
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

harleyq:  As a nurse I think this is kind of stereotypical. However, I do know that not everyone is cut out to do the career they have chosen.

I work in the school, so it is not very stressful and I love it. If I had to go back to the hospital as an RN (I plan to further my education and will eventually be back in the hospital) I would not be happy. 

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