Don’t eat the young
As a new nurse, I’m all too familiar with the proclivity for older nurses to try to intimidate newer, less experienced, nurses.
This concept, this idea, this fact, has been around for a very longtime.
After all, it isn’t like the colloquial saying, “Nurses eat their young” was created yesterday.
In fact, nurses start to eat their young as they hit the floors during clinical.
It starts, in my opinion, in nursing school.
Now, as my former classmates and instructors know, I’m verbose, stubborn, bright, and intense.
Time for a Change
As an older male entering a traditional nursing school full of young 20 something females with whom just entered college for the first time, I found nursing school extremely challenging to say the least.
As an older professional, former law enforcement officer, I didn’t like being bullied, intimidated, or humiliated.
And, I often fought back, usually to no avail.
Overall, nursing school was a good experience, but I’ll never forget some of the tactics my professors tried to use to break me down, put me down, and insult my intelligence.
As a nursing technician, I remember the abuse I, as well as many of my colleagues, endured.
Many nurses, especially new nurses, like to pick on, chew up, and demoralize their less experienced, less educated nurse technicians.
I’ve been yelled at, ridiculed, lambasted for not being able to read minds, and I always, believe or not, bit my tongue (nursing school excluded).