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Friday, July 01, 2011

eating the puppies

ER nurses tend to be type A's okay? Driven, competitive, ambitious, aggressive types. We are the kind of people who when you go to a class, think we know more than the teacher. Thats why I hate going to classes. Its embarassing to see us in action sometimes. Of course some of us think we are so superior that we act like some kind of ER Goddess whose job it is to inform lesser mortals of the way things SHOULD be done.

Sometimes the people who choose to be preceptors are ER Goddesses. They are the ones who tend to volunteer for a job like that. Mix this with a new ER nurse orientee...

The ER Goddess expects humility and fear and worship from the new orientee. If you don't sit at their feet humbly as they drop pearls of wisdom, they can make your life a living hell. They will talk about you. They will sew doubt about you. It irritates the shit out of me.

Me? I've never been a preceptor. I'm not anal retentive enough. Here's what I tell new people: If you have questions, I'll try and answer them, feel free to ask me. I've been here a long time and I don't know everything. I rely on my co workers to help me if I need it. Critical patients are scary. You are not alone. We will help you. We won't let you go down in flames. Welcome.

6 comments:

Cathy said...

Thanks for the heads up about the 'ER Goddess' - I'll make sure I act appropriate amount of fear and humility when I run into one.

Dan said...

I remember reading a similar post on another nursing blog a year or so ago -- Nurse K maybe? I think it was entitled "Nurses eat their young". It's an interesting (though no doubt disturbing) aspect of your culture.

newnurseinthehood said...

Beautifully put. I think I'm actually gonna start taking preceptor classes for this reason- I'm so NOT the ER goddess, but my internship was a living hell thanks to a preceptor who was. I want to actively make sure that this never happens to anyone I work with again, because seeing it seriously makes me embarrassed to be a nurse.

rnraquel said...

I had a friend who would have made an outstanding ER nurse, but she got paired with an ER "God" who made life miserable for her. He would set a timer when she assessed a pt, and if she did not finish in the proper time period, he would berate her and let everyone know about it. She went to work in the ICU.

Dr Killpatient said...

ER nurses tend to be either type A's that are great with a sick pt but often abrasive or a type B sweetheart who is unfortunately no good clinically. I guess we need more AB's.

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