On the Other Side
I remember when I was in nursing school I always wanted to work in my hometown emergency department or in the critical care department. When I was in clinical in the hospital we had to do some of our clinical rotation in those departments and all I can remember is people warning me that there are some strong personalities in those particular departments. I would say that there were some dominant and some subordinate, or the majority and minority in those departments, now that I have been an employee in the critical care.(week 1)
I was hired in the critical care department two years ago and that was one of the most frightening/exciting experiences that I have ever gone thorough besides child birth. I always had heard that if a person was to work in that department they had to be strong, not a pushover, stand their ground, and to know your stuff. I would like to say now that there was a bit of diversity, “real or perceived differences among people that affect their interactions and relationships.”(bell 2007) because all of those warnings were perceived differences. The biggest reason that I was so frightened is that I knew a girl that worked in critical care that had been there for a long time, and she had some “beef” with a couple friends of mine. I was nervous that she would pick on me, or purposely get me into trouble or something awful.
The first couple weeks on the floor I felt excluded like the “other.” I had a nurse that I was training with and I always thought that she was talking behind my back. There were little cliques in the department and it was quite visible. There were certain nurses that spoke and worked together and that was the way it was. I almost immediately felt like I had to pick a side. This made me feel pressured and very uncomfortable. I only knew about three people when I first started and they didn’t even really talk to me. “The...