How To Manage Relationships With Full Time Nurses At The Hospital

How To Manage Relationships With Full Time Nurses At The Hospital

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As a temp nurse, you have more flexibility than a yoga guru. You can work when you want, where you want and with who you want. You are the master of your own schedule, workday and destiny. You’re basically William Earnest Henley in scrubs. However, this also means that you will frequently be a guest in the regular workplaces of equally-hardworking, full-time nurses who are dealing day-in-day-out with the inevitable personality conflicts that arise in any career in a stationary workplace. To help make sure you don’t bear the brunt of disgruntled nurses, doctors and hospital staff or become unnecessarily embroiled in workplace conflicts that have nothing to do with you, we’ve got a few tips to help you stay out of the fray.

Start off on the right foot: bring donuts.

…Or bagels, or cupcakes, or delicious coffee, or bourbon…okay, maybe skip the bourdon, but you get the idea. Its very difficult to develop animosity towards someone who started off the day by delivering you a delicious, sugary treat.

Respect their territory

You’re talented, skilled, experienced and an all-around great nurse. We know it and, likely, by the end of your shift, everyone at the hospital will know it too. However, when you first arrive as a temp at a brand new hospital, it’s possible that some full-time RNs, LVNs or CNAs  may not immediately be open to this idea. People can be territorial and the idea of a temp just passing through their work home may incite some guardedness. Being mindful and respectful of the full-timer’s work space should go a long way towards steering clear of these issues. Also, did we mention bring donuts?

Stay out of coworker conflicts

Once you’ve had some experience working in a variety of different hospitals, you’ll be able to spot animosity between coworkers as easily as an aggressive herpes outbreak. Also like an aggressive herpes outbreak, you will want to keep your distance from this sort of in-fighting. The staff involved may even try to recruit you into the conflict by airing their grievances to you or trying to convince you of the shortcomings of the object of their frustrations. Listen and be polite, but be careful not to get drawn in (again, donuts never hurt).

Find common ground

TV shows, books, sports and movies are all good options when looking for a common interest to chat about with a new coworker. When you’re just getting to know a new colleague, it’s best to keep it light and avoid more personal topics that might spark a negative emotional dynamic (such as politics, religion or family issues). These lighter topics will also draw the attention away from the work itself and help alleviate stress (who like donuts?).


Even though you may be more knowledgable, experienced and many years out of nursing school, as the “new” nurse on campus, it can be helpful to listen and take direction from the full time nurses. Obviously, you never want to compromise the quality of care that you are offering, but paying your full-time counterparts the respect of hearing them out will make them all the more accepting of your presence.

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