Quote from semiller
There are many ethical issues that face today's nurse. What do you think is a nurses responsibility in reporting other nurses and healthcare professionals when there is inappropriate behavior and conversation going on in the professional setting? Is it a nurses responsibility to report inappropriate joking between other nurses? What about between nurses and doctors? Should it just be overlooked if a patient is not present? What if a patient is not conscious? Should we hold ourselves and others to a high standard of behavior and attitude, or should we just be resolved that "it's just how things work"?
Not sure what you mean by inappropriate. If it is just bad humor in your opinion and not causing harm to anyone, then let it go. However, if it is nurses bullying other nurses, or being disrespectful and neglectful to patients, then maybe some education needs to be done for the whole place. I've worked in a couple of places where there was a lot of inappropriate behavior by nurses and it definitely trickled down to the patients. Both places it started from the top and the whole place had an atmostphere of being negative all around. Example, holiday exchange of presents/secret santa. one nurse gave another nurse a vibrating pen. okay, funny to some, not so funny to others. big deal. the big deal came around when the receiver of this present thought it was funny to stick this pen down her scrubs
in the nurse's office for a joke when things got stressful. still, funny to some, not so funny, now a fine line drawn. Not so funny though when the son of a patient walked in on it. Did this affect patient care, probably not, but really was fairly inappropriate. Oh, by the way, management could have cared less. Remember hearing is the last sense to go in a patient..........