The culture on my unit, generally, is for nurses to basically look out for #1. There are a few nurses who are always eager to help out someone who is busy and will even ask if you need help, but the rest just do for their own patients and that's it. They neither offer help nor expect it. This leads to insane days when your assignment is super heavy and you feel like you're going to drop dead at the end of the day and people just look at you while you're running around like a nut thinking, "Glad that's not me," and days when the assignment is light and people are off hiding, thinking, "I worked hard my last shift, I deserve this."
Recently, management asked the nurses to stop bugging the charge nurse every time they need help catching up, but that's hard to do when 7 out of 10 nurses give you a dirty look when you ask them for anything. I wish we didn't work this way. What can I do to encourage my coworkers to pitch in and help out? When I'm not busy I always make a point of offering to help, but is there anything else.