Eating Our Young
So I've written about cases the last couple of times and I'm
thinking it's time to give you guys an update. I've been in my position as NP
in an acute care setting seeing cardiology patients for 3 months now. I can't
believe it! It's going really well and I'm really grateful that this
opportunity was given to me. I've learned so much already and I learn so much
more every day.
I've had my ups and downs with administration with the adjustment
of trying to maintain my family life and work life. It's slowly coming together
and things are looking more positive every day. I truly love the colleagues
that I'm working with and the doctors. They are all extremely supportive in
regards to patience and teaching, and for that I'm truly thankful.
I think one of the biggest challenges that I've emotionally faced
is having the feeling of distrust from the "older" nursing service. I feel like
I truly developed a positive rapport with the floor nurses and I believe that
they understand that I'm new but that I work my butt off make the best
decisions that I can for the patients. They also like the fact that I was a
floor nurse and I'm sorry, but once a nurse, always a nurse!
There will never be a day that I won't empty a urinal or take a
patient's old lunch tray away. Where I've met challenges is with some of the
higher-up nursing staff. I understand that I'm in a position that has great
effects on their patient population. I get that they don't know me from Sam
Jones and so there is that distrust there.
I just have an issue with the way that it's handles sometimes.
Tone...That means a world of difference, you know? The way that you speak to
someone will either make them want to listen to you, support you and respect
you, or it will make them shut down.
That's where I'm at at this point. It's tough. I'm the new guy on
the block. I get it. Don't run me off. You know why? You'll just end up with
someone else new on the block and starting all over again. It's one thing I
never, ever understood about the nursing community. Why do we "eat our young?"
We should support them and teach them. They are the future! We are the future!
We need to work together to support and encourage one another. That is truly
the way to ensure the best possible healthcare is given to our patients.
So I'm off to another hectic week! It's been crazy, crazy and
it's not even summer yet! Hope you guys are having a great week. Please give me
some ideas on topics that you'd like to delve into. It makes for a more
interactive environment, which in my opinion is always a good thing!