Which Area Has the Most Compassionate Nurses - page 3

I'm a new nurse (less than one year) and I'm thinking of switching units. There's a lot of trash talking and moral holier-than-thou hype directed at patients where I'm at. It's just not what I want... Read More

  1. by   MinneNurse
    Quote from JKL33
    This has more to do with individuals and attitudes that have gone unchecked such that it has become the culture of your workspace. I also wouldn't be surprised if nurses generally aren't treated too well where you work, but that's a soapbox for another day.
    I agree with this! It has become the culture of your unit and it is not your specialty. I agree with other posters that hospice has very compassionate nurses due to the nature of that specialty, but if you aren't genuinely interested in hospice care I would suggest you look at other units/specialty areas that do interest you because hospice can be very difficult for some. And I have seen similar attitudes you are experiencing before I was nurse working as a nursing assistant in a nursing home & TCU.
    See if you would be able to shadow for a few days on a new unit so you can see how staff on that unit interacts. Maybe in the meantime when you hear co-workers discussing patient's inappropriately or making comments, respectfully but firmly tell them that you don't feel that is appropriate and ask them not to do it around you. You can't change how others act but you can stand up for the patients as well as your own feelings.
    I am in no way defending these actions, but I do want to add that what you are seeing on your unit by staff might be some unhealthy behaviors they have developed as a way to deal with the stress and feelings of becoming burned out that they experience on the job. As a newer nurse, you probably aren't experiencing this yet, but the stress of the job can really take its toll and this might be how they have come to deal with it. Again, its not appropriate and I'm not defending them, just wanted to mention that.
    Best of luck to you!
  2. by   Workitinurfava
    ...depends but Nicu may..
  3. by   Heylove
    I honestly don't know how you guys work ICU/med surg floors. I may be able work work cathlab, L&D, postpartum and hospice, but ICU and medsurg make my feet hurt just thinking about how much you have to run around. I love psych and think that a whole lot of compassion is needed. But, that's just me.
  4. by   ProgressiveThinking
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  5. by   RetiredLPN
    Sometimes you just have to bloom where you are planted. When I was working as a CNA I had a coworker ask me why I was always so cheerful. I told her I live 2 blocks away and I need this job, so I make the best of it. You don't have to listen when someone tells you the history of a patient. Just walk away. Or look them in the eye and ask them "and your point is?" Another response is "that doesn't mean he/she doesn't deserve compassion now." I wasn't always liked by my coworkers but my patients and families liked me.
  6. by   Oldmahubbard
    People move around jobs every year or two. In 30 years of working, nursing and other fields, I rarely, if ever, worked with the same group of people for longer than a year. People leave the company, they get promoted, they get fired, they change shifts, they move to another state, and a few even die.

    Five years later, you can't remember their names.

    Perspective.
  7. by   GaleSRN
    I have a suggestion. Ask to be floated to different areas, such as the newborn nursery, pediatrics, preop and postop, I would steer you away from the ER until you get a little more um...experienced (?). ER nurses are a group onto themselves. Not uncompassionate, just a little more "colorful" than your average floor nurse. They may seem dispassionate until you see one crying in the hall because a baby just died.
    Floating is a wonderful way to gain experience and to find your way. Outside of the hospital, others have mentioned Hospice, Wound care, Dialysis (my current specialty). (I have done all of it in my 40+years of nursing).OB tends to attract a nicer crowd. By the way, looking up a patient's criminal history is a HIPPA violation and needs to be addressed. It is a blatant violation. All pt information is on a needs to know basis. If you don't need to know, than you don't look it up. You can make an anonymous complaint about this. It has to stop.
  8. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from GaleSRN
    By the way, looking up a patient's criminal history is a HIPPA violation and needs to be addressed. It is a blatant violation. All pt information is on a needs to know basis. If you don't need to know, than you don't look it up. You can make an anonymous complaint about this. It has to stop.
    No, actually it is not. HIPAA protects healthcare information. Criminal records, on the other hand, are a completely different thing. And unless it's a juvenile record or otherwise protected, it's public. I can hop on my county's website and do a search on any name I want to see if they've had any criminal proceedings. Would I do it on a patient? No. But it is in no way, shape, or form a HIPAA violation to look up a criminal record. The only issue would be with the fact that the name was obtained while on the job.
  9. by   RNNPICU
    OP:
    I don't think there is any area of nursing that is immune to this type of behavior. In Peds, nurse's look up parent information if it is a case of violence parent/child. Nurse's talk about parent's behavior. I NICU, people would talk if the baby was born to drug abusing parents, gay, parents, IVF parents, etc. Everywhere there are things that people can and do look up. It doesn't necessarily have to do with the area as much as it is individual's personality.
  10. by   Oldmahubbard
    Not a HIPAA violation, but I would only do it on my own time, on my own computer at home.
  11. by   Reyn04
    I've worked in 6 hospitals. Med surg, icu, pcu, procedural... I've never seen things like that. Sounds possibly specific to that unit/ staff. I mean - not everyone you meet will be the "super nurse" with the heart of gold. But even in a worst case scenario... who has time (or if time, desire) to research patients online?! Who cares about the sexual orientation of the patient?! And anyone who knowingly mocks a sexual assult victim is just slime.

    My advice is to figure out what you love & bring your best to it. If you love the type of nursing you're doing find a better place to do it. I think you'll find all facilities are not created equal but its the people that make it unique, not so much the place. When I look back on rhe places I've worked, its not the policies and procedures that stand out - its the type of people I've worked with.

    Good luck.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well that's easy. The "area" where nurses are treated and compensated fairly. It's a known fact in places where nurses are unfairly overworked, understaffed, or stressed-out, they will become compassion-fatigued and burnt out.

    So rather than look for a specialty, I would look at unit culture, norms, core values, and behaviors. They should have a clear mission statement and equitable treatment for their nurses, decent staffing ratios and responsive and caring management.

    I have worked many places across several specialties. I have learned the above is what it takes to keep compassionate nurses just that----compassionate.
  13. by   nurseluckett
    I saw this all the time in ICU with our suicide attempts and mental health patients. Instead of leaving I choose to embrace those patients to protect them from the nurses who I felt were not empathic and/Or down right judgmental of those patients. I would volunteer to take those patients. Stating that I had family who have had serious issues in these area and that I feel I connect well with them. This gave the patients a nurse that was more suited to handle their care. It also put the other nurses on notice that they are speaking ill of patients who others may see as extensions of their own family and friends.

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