Fastaff Travel Nursing is running a content/giveway for Nurses Week (form here). I've been pondering the best pearls I've heard in my career, and it's hard to choose.
The best nursing advice I've ever received, I decided, is not in the spirit of this contest; it is dark, depressing, and scary. However, it is technically the most useful thing I can think of in terms of approaching long-term survival in the profession, so I will tell the story.
I was working as a CNA, paired with an RN. We had a patient I knew from previous visits, and I knew she wouldn't do well out of bed for various reasons. I tried to tell the RN what I knew repeatedly, but he dismissed my concerns without even listening. At the finish the patient ended up with a bad fall.
Nurses know how well this went for everyone involved with it. It was a "big damn deal." The RN blamed me. He lied outright so keep any focus off of him. I finally cornered and and confronted him, and he said, "you don't have a license yet. When you do, you do what you need to to keep it and stay under the radar."
And that is the best nursing advice I ever received: not because I believe this is an appropriate rule to work by, but because so many of my colleagues live by it. Fully realizing their mindsets has vastly improved my ability to manage my expectations and interactions, to avoid disappointment and disillusionment, and to protect myself by not placing undeserved trust in other nurses.
What about you? Write in the comments or on my Facebook page, write your own post, or go enter your experiences on the link above. It'll be fun to see what everyone comes up with, plus you can win a $500 Southwest gift card. Who couldn't use a quick getaway?