Nursing: Taking Back Our Power - page 3

A few months ago, I wrote an article on Allnurses about dealing with annoying co-workers. During the time I wrote that article I was mired in negativity about my nursing career in general. I would... Read More

  1. by   interleukin

    You are a hero and will be a beacon for others if you can pracrice with the conviction with which you speak.

    Rock on!!
  2. by   greatshakes
    Thanks for your post. I think you are right so I think I'll just let things ride.
    An EEN is an endorsed enrolled Nurse. Over here it is an 18 month course I think. They can do most things a RG can and can give medications except for IV drugs. I don't know if your equivilent is a LPN is that Licenced Practical nurse?.
  3. by   interleukin
    Dear Hassled,

    Yes, it seems your EENs are LPNs here. Although some RNs love to disparage them r/t the RN's own insecurities, any engaged LPN can have significant clinical expertise and keen judgement.

    In your case, you offered your services and they were turned down. Fine, less work for you.

    Remember, in normal circumstances, no one can take away your dignity. Although, you may give it way by behaving like those wwo haven't a real clue.

    Stand tall. Learn more than you need to know. Make people laugh.
    Get out of poisonous environments.

    It's your job...not your life.
  4. by   CityKat

    "Remember, in normal circumstances, no one can take away your dignity. Although, you may give it way by behaving like those wwo haven't a real clue.

    Stand tall. Learn more than you need to know. Make people laugh.
    Get out of poisonous environments."

    You're inspiring
  5. by   jan Christian
    In the hospital I'm working at,MD and RN,s collaborate well, we make joke with each other and laughed at it.they respect us RN as we respect them as MD.In our nurses station,when everyone is around,we always laughed with each other and yet do our job with excellent outcome.
  6. by   ellen 12
    In response to the original post.
    The culture you describe with which nurses must contend is shocking. However it is right on the mark in regard to my workplace.

    I put in a complaint against the doctor. For this I was taken into my managers office and reprimanded in a very nasty and aggressive manner. I am fairly new to nursing, I was shocked at their attitudes.
    It became a union matter.
    I will always put ethics before politics.
    Anyway - I have a note attached to my medication trolley (when I am working) stating the postive thought of "Be strong", but I think I prefer your words original poster, needs to be in capitals though "STAY STRONG".
    Last edit by ellen 12 on Apr 13, '08 : Reason: second thoughts
  7. by   RNsckofit
    one of the great threads i have read during my lurking days. i enjoy the updates and the advice..i've written down the responses to use when being 'dissed' and i'm looking forward to the usage and responses i get when saying.." {no, not saying "i'm afraid"}."your disrespect is later."
  8. by   ellen 12
    an update, I left that job, I now work for an agency and I get to bypass a lot of the political nonsense. I find working as an agency nurse, people are very supportive. If I find otherwise, I don't return to work in that ward. Life is so much more simple, and my focus now is patient care.
    Unhealthy and unsupportive work environments create risk.
  9. by   navvet
    First off let me say that I am male and will be starting Nursing school soon. As a 37 year old male and Navy Vet. I don't understand why any of you would put up with such crap, period. When I was in the Navy, I had to, on a ship w/ no place to go and only an E-4. But, as an adult educated with Bachelors and a job history. I will not tolerate such BS. Nip that crap in the bud the minuet it happens, Doctor, Lawyer, or Indian Chief, it makes not difference who they are or what title they hold. Don't be such a Sissy (no pun intended). You are all human beings and educated to some degree, to boot. If any Nurse sees another Nurse being belittled by anyone they should, as a professional courtesy take up for that person. Things get done in numbers. Make a scene if you must. Don't take crap from anyone. Never. Stand UP and HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH. Just my Fonzie
  10. by   greenergrass
    When you demand respect by behaving in a manner which clearly shows that you respect will then get respect from others.
    Well said!

    There is an old adage that goes like this:

    We teach people how to treat us.

    As a profession, we've long allowed poor behavior. It's high time we did take back our power.

    This can only be done through Acting Powerful & Supporting Each other.

    I LOVE the Code White.

    I LOVE the assertive communication suggested.

    One more suggestion:

    Develop relationships with colleagues of all ranks - treat them as equals, from the Housekeeper to the Chief of Staff. Each is a valuable member of the team.

    In my experience, most (not all) doctors feel better & act better when treated like people instead of little gods.

    Glad to see all the great nurses out there sticking up for themselves!