Thank you for replying - it gives me a litttle more to think about -
Fergus it sounds that you are really disapointed about losing your chaplain - i think you have mentioned it in a number of posts - He/she must have been effective to make such an impact
I have been thinking about this a little further today at work - we have got students( thier first time) on placement at the moment - As part of their program we set up debrief times, thay also met our chaplain - he talks to them about greif and loss - and handling death within an aged setting during thier 80 hour placement - This also occurs with our staff - and l beleive that a number of staff see him when and as they they wish - He is very conscious about their privacy - for example he has organised a door (direct /discreet) into his office so that staff do not have to walk past other employees
anyway my thoughts were today - we are aware as older nurses to try and nuture 'new nurses' when they start nursing - to talk to them about empathy and journalling and all those aspects that wern't around when l trained - however what happens to them when they get out into the real world - horizontal violence- and all that *****iness that can go on - l apply that word to both sexes there
In almost every place l have worked staff will be critical and unsupportive of each other - particularly of new staff (no matter how many years they have been in the game) - in my role at work it is a constant challenge to support staff not only to improve thier skills but to keep them in the job - it is no wonder when we are short staffed and poorly paid in the aged care sector ( I beleive all sectors of nursing this applies to ) you have trouble keeping staff when they dont feel supported by their 'team mates'
The question is how do we overcome this - how do we nuture them - we complain because of lack of staff and violence towards us from patients/ clients whatever - however l am feeling at the moment we need to look to ourselves and reduce the violence - be that verbal or emotional or what ever between ourselves.
I will finish this with stating that l believe that the 'nurses' who fit into this catergory are very much in the minority - unfortunately they affect or flow on to so many others.
Rambling thoughts - l feel its been a long day and l cant quite get these thoughts together. Apoligise for the confused thoughts and spelling
mistakes - the most important thing is to me -
I still love my job and my profession