Still, I've been working in health care (in the nursing home, and as an EKG tech) for about three years, and I have generally been eager to learn. I like to read and I like to ask questions. I try not to be annoying and drive people crazy by asking questions, and try to limit my quantity of questions.
Still, sometimes I'm really amazed that people don't know the answer to my questions, like the time when I was reading a heart catheterization book and casually asked a group of cardiac nurses:
"What's the difference between sclerosis and stenosis."
This was followed by no one knowing the answer, and having us all look it up together. I was just really surprised. I thought they would know. ..or at least one of them!
Today in the ICU, one of the monitors alarmed. I printed out a strip, and said to one of the nurses, "hey, have you seen OtherNurse? Her patient had a couple little atrial runs."
Nurse then replied "those aren't atrial runs, it's just tachycardia."
"It looks like a string of PACs* to me. When I scanned Holter monitors in cardiac services, we would call any runs of PACs atrial runs."
"You shouldn't call it an atrial run."
"Ok." (It's not worth arguing with her).
The thing is, I really have no idea what her rationale is for this (other than the possibility that she has a mediocre understanding of EKG terminology). It seems like by not being dumb, I always manage to piss some nurses off and get myself into trouble. I sometimes feel like I further inflame the relationship because I want to become a physician instead of a nurse. I generally try to be humble and quiet, but with this situation, I was just trying to communicate. And still, I pissed her off! I can't win.
*Premature atrial complexes (or contractions)