Posted on January 23, 2013 by Mighty Nurse in Cartoons
The first adventure of Mighty Nurse in 2013! Check out all of the Adventures of Mighty Nurse this past year.
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Haha So true!
I enjoy precepting new nurses.
I enjoy precepting new nurses, too! My nursing instructor when I was in nursing school had a us all take a vow that we would never “eat our young!” Nursing is all about teaching even other nurses.
I hope I find a good mentor. New grad here
Oh come on people … I little ketchup and nurse veal isn’t half bad
As a side question: who do you think has it rougher, the new nurse who is being eaten by the experienced nurse, or the elderly nurse who is being forced out by his/her coworkers and admin to make room the the younger (cheaper) up and coming nurses who haven’t developed all of the bad habits that drive admin crazy yet?
That’s a hard question to answer. They both have it pretty rough. I would have to say the new nurse. They are inexperienced and scared to death to hit the floor. Then they also have to deal with being “broke in” by the experienced staff. It’s cruel. The elderly nurses have a lot of experience under their belt. It is still shameful that elderly nurses are being forced into retirement. My mentors were “old school” nurses when I was a CNA. Life wasn’t easy working with those ladies. Once you knew the routine and their preferences, then it was a piece of cake. I have a lot of respect for elderly nurses.
Make them earn their title…lol! I remember my share of getting pushed around! #babynurse….lol I laugh at those people now!
I enjoy preventing a great deal. I have always loved to teach. I am also willing to listen to new theories etc. Of new grads. But I am often put off by new nurses who seem to think they learned everything they ever need to know in nsg school and fail to realize that my 20 years in the field and my board certification with ANCC might mean I know a little more than them; so instead of trying to impress people with just passed the boards, they need to put a sock in it and pay attention to someone who passed the boards a long time ago and started a nsg career when everything was done on paper and wore traditional whites and nsg hats to clinical
Of course that should have been precepting not preventing, we sure didn’t have auto correct on our kardexes and hand written MAR’s for our patients
Wow. I’d hate to be a new nurse and have a preceptor who thinks new grads should “put a sock in it”. New grads are nervous as hell and are trying to make a good impression at their new job, just like EVERYONE does. Be courteous, listen to their ideas, just like they are courteous and listen to your ranting about how much the nursing profession has changed (for the worst) over the years, how great you are because you “wore traditional whites and a hat” and documented on paper, and how you should have been an accountant or something. I became a nurse after working several years in the corporate world. Believe me, every job has it’s problems, evolves constantly, and, yes, used to be done on paper. Nursing is the only profession I know of where its seasoned members complain ad nauseam about the profession and treat their new members so poorly. Its a terrible shame and goes against what nursing stands for.
Great Post Sarah. I was an accountant :), and now I am in nursing school (I am 49), it is something that I have always dreamed of, and now it is a reality.
In the world today, I think we can all learn from each other, help each other out, and have empathy and compassion not only for our patients, but especially for our coworkers. Cynicism has no place in nursing. Everyone worked hard to get here, and we should always remember that.
Everyone in this profession deserves a pat on the back and the ultimate respect for the dedication and selflessness that nursing requires from all nurses, new and seasoned.
I plan on listening and learning all that I can from the experienced nurses, and I hope that I receive the same treatment in return. Thank you to all nurses for everything that you do!!
Being.a CNA. For life, truely lovw older nurses. And young New nurses. My oldest daughyer is a young mighty Nurse.
In my experience, some of my best preceptors and mentors were diploma nurses. I graduated a long time ago as an ADN, but even then I realized that my degree didn’t mean I was a better nurse. I learned so much from them, and I still have nothing but respect and admiration for them. It was a shame, during my years at my first job, when they had to step down from positions as charge nurses or service team leaders (I’m an O.R. nurse) because they didn’t have an ADN or BSN, due to new admin rules. They were excellent teachers who enjoyed teaching new grads, and out of all of the skills I learned, one of the best skills was how to teach and treat new grads and even students who observed surgery for just one day. Surely, this skill impacts retention and recruitment. During my internship at that job, prior to working with those nurses, I had to suffer working with cruel, burned out preceptors who often threw interns under the bus. The one thing I learned from THEM? How NOT to treat new grads! I have a BSN now, and I received my CNOR certification years ago, but I still don’t think that makes me any better; I still have the opportunity to learn something new every day. After 17 years as a nurse, I am starting out for the first time as a nurse educator TOMORROW, and my biggest hope is that I can pass on what I’ve learned to new grads and the nurses that will help teach them. Remember, today’s new grads will be the seasoned nurses that take care of us when we’re patients one day.
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