I'm not even in medical school yet (starting in the Fall of 06), but I did spend the night at a Holiday Inn (I'm ashamed for even writing that corny joke) Anyways, I work as an E.R. tech. For those who are actually on rotations and have nurses that are not so nice, I've figured out the key to winning them over---talk to them about their children. Just find a little dead time and just ask them if they have kids and just listen (or pretend) to them talk about them. As questions every now and then and act impressed with their kids life. Now, I must admit that most of my nurses are pretty nice (except for this one...but lets not go there), yet I've "broken the ice" with several by using the kids issue. I'm sure someone will have derogatory comment about this post, but I thought it might help someone.