Quote from mjmoon
I don't want to dog on my gender or anything.. but I honestly believe when you get a lot of women working together (I know there are men too, but still majority women) there is going to be cattiness, competitiveness, gossip, cliques, etc. etc. etc.
Maybe it's more prevalent in nurses.. but I think you'll encounter this type of behavior in offices, retail, anywhere really.
mjmoon, this isn't personal, but:
i've seen this statement dozens of times on this site aaaannd ... I'M SO SICK OF IT.
Nursing is a profession characterized by a under-powered, highly stressed workforce which happens
to be largely female. Correlation does not equal
Nurses are not
nasty to each other because they are women. Think about other female-dominated fields. Are beauticians known for their backstabbing? Preschool teachers? Undergraduates, the majority of whom are now female? Secretaries? Social workers?
Lateral violence in nursing is about huge responsibilities that are not met with proportional empowerment. A workforce which happens to be female has nothing to do with this
. (Except perhaps, to the extent that we are socialized to be less aggressive and therefore less likely to demand the professional environment we need. But I digress).
Anyways. Please, can we put a moratorium on the "women are catty b*tches" line. It's been a long week and it's making me crazy.