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    Hi, all!

    I just wanted to drop a quick one…

    I would like to know if there are any other students out there who feel bullied because you have high standards at work (here we call it being in service / practica)?

    I’m not talking about not being open to how others do things or having a bad attitude with regards to the way other people work. I mean, having PROPER nursing ethics and trying to work towards what you have been taught, while those around you seem to have a more “relaxed” attitude, and become irritated by you when you try and do something properly, because now they have to pull up their socks and ACTUALLY do their job.

    I have a ton of examples, from being left alone to try and help / move / lift a very sick and confused patient (I hurt my back badly in the process), to being yelled at by the Nursing Sister when I asked for her help (she was not too busy, that needs to be noted).

    I feel so discouraged to the point of giving up. I work in a government hospital and it is almost always understocked and sometimes understaffed – but in my mind that isn’t really an excuse. They are fairly well remunerated, and some days there are actually many staff on a shift. But I see how a lot of the permanent staff treat the patients – and I honestly would not like to be a patient where I work.

    Do any of you have any similar experiences? Do you get bullied or ignored because your work ethic is good and people mistreat you?

    My mentor cannot – or will not – help. And I’ve considered reporting it, but I’ve been advised not to because I will apparently become a target.

    I am so sad.


    Would you go as far as to say that patients are being neglected or abused? If so, report it to the state. Do you have a unit based practice council? If not, maybe try to start one, unless your coworkers are too lazy to even show up to one. But there must be other nurses who feel like you do. Get the other nurses who share your high standards involved.

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    I’m sorry you’re in that position. I have felt that way too at times. I too try to do things by the book. Which steps on toes and irritates others sometimes. But that’s the way I was taught. And I feel as long as I do things that way I don’t have to worry about it because I followed protocol. Real world is nothing like book world. It can be hard to deal with the people that get mad when they actually have to do work. I’ve only been a nurse for 2 and a half years. But it’s gotten better. And I’ve had people come to me asking questions on how to do this or that. And though state inspections are stressful for everyone, when you get in the habit of doing things the correct way, you’re calmer than the others who’ve developed the bad habits. Please don’t give up. Think of the wonderful moments you encounter in this job. If you can’t take it anymore where you work, seek employment elsewhere, but you’ll run I to people like that everywhere. You just have to be comfortable in yourself.


    I want to speak carefully here… It’s very difficult as a nurse to have a student coming in and judging and/or demeaning your practice. A poor or improper job is one thing, but it doesn’t necessarily sound like the patients aren’t being cared for. The best lesson to take from this is that there is more than one way to do something, and just because you’d do it differently doesn’t mean the nurse is incorrect. It’s also possible, that a precious poster said, that your obvious disdain for the other nurses is showing through and they flat out don’t want to help. And I can’t blame them.

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