I just transferred to an ICU with only 9 months experience. I have been on this unit for about 5 months, and a month ago a nurse (who was busy and I was the only one who offered her help) was apparently addressing me, said: "since your up, help me boost my patient." I was sitting, so I asked her if she was speaking to me because I was seated, and she gave me the worst look and yelled "God forbid you could help me, but since you just sat down then forget it." This was in front of other RNs who were sitting and surfing the web. I quickly jumped up and apologized and proceeded to help her, however she spent the rest of the shift ignoring me and told all the RNs that night that she was not going to help anyone and not to even ask her. I was upset but gave her the benefit of the doubt and figured she was in a bad mood that night.
A month later, last night, we worked together again and I asked her to check blood with me and when walking into the patient's room she stated that she was just sitting down. I was a bit surprised and told her I would ask someone else if she was busy, to which she responded: "you said that to me, remember? Well, that's what you are going to hear me say the rest of the night when you ask me for help!"
I was floored and thought she was joking, but she did not help me and ignored me the entire night. She is an older RN and her lack of professionalism is bothering me. She is well liked by everyone and I am very upset by this. I don't know what to do.
Along with this, I am feeling overwhelmed being in the ICU, I haven't made any real connections, and the RNs on this unit have intensely strong personalities, cliques, and they like to gossip a lot. I wish I never left my first unit but we moved out of state and I had no choice.
Any advice, words of encouragement would be helpful.