The way nurses treat each other - page 3

Hi everyone. I need some advice from you all, but first let me give you some background. I am 46 and have worked either as mid-level manager or owned my own business my whole adult life. I have... Read More

  1. by   Mantibob
    WOW guys, great comments, great advice. I am soaking it all up. Thanks to everyone who has responded so far.
  2. by   Agnus
    Get yourself a shopping cart and do some careful shopping. Don't buy if it is not completely what you want.

    I mean to say they are good and bad. And it exists sometimes in one institution.

    When you interview for a job keep in mind that you need to size them up as much as they need to size you up.

    Keep in mind the probation period is not only to see if you work out but also to see if they do.

    Keep your antenna up at all times. If at interviews they do a bait and switch or even ask agressive questions or make agressive comments be aware. Are they controlling in the interview or overselling? Walk around see how staff act.

    Let them know you are checking them out as much as they you.

    Don't settle. If you find yourself in a bad situation get out. If they are mean at the top don't even consider them as everything filiters down.

    If you are on a bad unit and you find some other thast is better change or leave. Decline exit interview. While you are in school is a perfect time to shop. See where you would not consider working and see where you think migh be a good place.

    If you are not treaded well life will be hell. If you are treated well no matter what else you come up against you can handle it.

    Not every place is as you described nor is every nurse.
  3. by   CindyJRN
    Wow, wanna read one more from an experienced nurse? I enjoyed this post for the simple fact that I am one who has tried to stamp out the perception that Nurses eat their young. Fortunately I have had more positive experience than negative. A clique was "busted up" by management at my hospital this year. This particular group of nurses spent so much time trying to be the top dog that they ran off good nurses and submitted patients to poor care. I believe the final straw was the morning they were so busy arguing with one another about "that's not my patient" when a code was called that 2 MD's, the nurse educator, and nursing admin were running the code! Don't be afraid of being the thorn in the Manager's side. Speak up if you need help and keep business at business and friendship away ffrom where you work. Let me clarify that last statement somewhat: Be friendly, have lunch together time permitting, share anecdotes if you feel comfortable, but leave EVERYTHING at the job when you leave. I enjoy the closeness I have with everyone on my unit, but I am their Charge Nurse, not their drinking buddy.
  4. by   CindyJRN
    Quote from Agnus
    Get yourself a shopping cart and do some careful shopping. Don't buy if it is not completely what you want.
    Let them know you are checking them out as much as they you.
    Don't settle. Not every place is as you described nor is every nurse.
    Wow ,Agnus, You are so right with your observations. We have 3 hospital campuses in town so when I said earlier we lost good nurses, luckily most transferred to other units and found out that all nurses are not carnivores.....

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