Are you a nurse? Do you have a friend who is a nurse? If so, what is your/her problem with life?
I went into my third year thinking the attendings would ignore me, the residents would be mean to me and the nurses would be the ones I run to when I need a happy environment.
Nurses are the biggest bitches I have ever encountered in my life. I understand that back in the day they were probably treated poorly because doctors are more revered, but it's freaking 2007. Drop that chip on your shoulder. We're over it and you should be too.
I know I'm only around for 12 weeks, but that is no reason to ignore me or to be rude. If I ask where I can find gauze, please tell me in a polite tone. There's no reason to bark the obvious "It's in the supply closet" and make me feel like an idiot. I know it's in the supply closet, but I don't know where the supply closet is located. Maybe you could elaborate.
As for the nurses in the operating room. I know you've been there for 50 years or more, but I am not familiar with the room. I'm not 100% sure where to stand and what I am allowed to do. There is no need to yell at me for trying to help, nor is there any reason to yell at me when I don't help. My actions are my decision. I make the decision that I think is best for the patient, my grade and myself. Nurses don't really factor in.
I know blaming nurses for my misery might seem childish, but when a patient tells me that he hates a nurse I can only think I might be on to somethinig. Patients come in seeking our help. They succumb to whatever their illness is, admit weakness and lower their pride. They should never be stepped on or mistreated.
I am caught in a bit of a quandary. Most people are telling me to keep my mouth shut and not say anything. This is how the hospital environment is and there is nothing that can be done about it. Nurses are always gonna be the bitches and that's life.
I don't think that's fair. I have occasionally come across a very sweet and kind nurse, someone with whom I could be friends. Why should I sit back in silence when I know it's possible to get along?
What do you think? Should I say something to the chief attending? If so, how should I word it without sounding like a whiny little baby?