Grouchy Nurses? They're Out There.
You know everyone has worked with one. One of those I hate my job, I hate these patients and heaven forbid if you ask them a question. Not to mention all around stuck up bitchy to coworkers or even patients.. I really try to get along with everyone I work with. In fact I don’t mind working with any of my coworkers regardless of what shift they are on. There is one young nurse who has been an ER nurse for 3 years and she is a really hard worker. She can run rings around everyone and usually bales me out if I am in a bind. BUT she has a tendency to belittle her other coworkers and get smart with the patients. To the point it embarrasses the hell out of me if I am in the patients room with her.
When I first started as a new RN I was afraid to ask her questions (I felt like a CNA in training) because she always made me feel stupid or awkward. I mean I am 10 yrs. older than her first off and second she always made me feel like my questions were really stupid. So I have learned not to ask her any questions and save my questions for the season nurses that don’t eat their “young” . I would like to confront her about her way of talking to the patients. She shrugs it off like “I was just joking with them.” When I want to shout at her “hey idiot this is a freaking ER. This is not the time to joke around” I have even had a patient complain to me about her causing me to apologize and try to play it like she is having a “rough” day. Even though she spends every moment of the day bitching about how she hates this job and blah blah blah. I still love my job.
Now when we get to the new facility I will probably change my mind. Since we will be poorly staffed. But she is young and I hate to generalize but at least in this area young people don’t want to work. They want it all handed to them. GRRR. I had to work my ass to get where I am today. I paid for my own college, my own car and when I was growing up I had to buy my own 1st TV. Now the kids get it all. You wouldn’t believe the nurses that I went to school with that the parents were footing the bill. They were the ones out partying and talking through class. I wanted to choke the crap out of them. But anyway…back to this nurse. I like working with her because she does work. Just wish her attitude would change. Bad attitude can become contagious.