Why Does Nursing Eat Its Young? - page 2

I first heard this statement 20+ years ago from a nursing colleague. Recently, I heard it again from a professor in my graduate program. And, 30 years in the health field have shown me that it's TRUE... Read More

  1. by   essarge
    well said res04lly. things only stop when you make them stop!

    I agree with listening to what is said! not just hearing. Listening is a skill that needs to be taught to children when they are younger so they can have good learning skills in their futures. I have found that this skill is not taught to a vast majority of people and it is really sad!

    Maybe they should make listening skills a mandatory class in the nursing school curriculum!! Listening 101...what a concept. Would not only teach students to listen to their peers, but give them better skills with their patient assessments!

    As far as nurses eating their young...if they are that hungry maybe we should offer them a gift certificate to a local restaurant! Sorry..just a little early morning humor!! LOL!
  2. by   res04lly
    essarge-
    Thank you for your great listening skills
    I learned to listen to my patients when i begain working with the mentally ill. They talk to you threw their world -so you have to really listen for the information or the point they are trying to get across. For 30+ years this has been a current question as to why we eat our young?If we really listen (and that includes looking at body language)
    we will hear and be able to stop it. You don't know how many times body language has told me i don't understand, i don't really care, or stated show me, help me. Listening is the key to stopping the eating of our new nurses and receptiveness is also a way of stopping it. Nursing is not them against us, it's what can i teach you, what is it that you need to make your practice the best it can be without all the trashing of each other. For 16 years i have seen the Rn vs the Lpn's, Nursing against Management, Management vs competent patient care, Insurance companies vs the doctors, Yet no one hears because no one is listening, really listening. It's nursing students vs floor nurses, male nurses vs female nurses. When do you think we will all stop and listen and once we listen then make the changes for a postive change in nursing as a whole???? we have many voices right now it's to bad No one is Listening-would it not be great to be one voice and stamp out the junk that causes newbie eating?? Just a suggestion to how to stop the eating
  3. by   jwhiz
    HELLO,I WILL BE FINISHING LVN SCHOOL IN AUG.2001! I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT THE FIELD OF NURSING IS SO STRESSFULL! " IF WE CAN'T GET ALONG AND RESPECT ONE ANOTHER WE ARE IN SAD SHAPE. I REALIZE THAT I 'AM VERY NEW TO THE FIELD BUT,I'M SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT I WILL GET THE BEST TEACHING FROM THE NURSES THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND A WHILE!!
    JUST REMEMBER TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED!!!!!
    I THINK THAT THE NURSING SHORTAGE WILL ONLY GET WORSE IF WE DON'T LEARN TO TREAT ONE ANOTHER WITH SINCERE RESPECT..
  4. by   momangel29
    I am thirty years old and I am wondering how old I have to be to earn the respect of an older nurse.I work with a few nurses in their seventies and I constantly have deragatory statements thrown at me. One day I got mad and lost it.
  5. by   Sylvia
    I don't know why nurses eat their young, but I can't deny that I've seen it happen.

    Perhaps one reason is that this is such a difficult field and you have to "earn your dues". I have tried to be supportive of new nurses and student nurses, but I have to admit - it isn't always easy. I used to work in an LTC and I had responsibility for 38 patients. It was annoying to have student nurses who were assigned to only one patient come in and criticize everything they saw.

    I think another reason is that nurses feel powerless at times, and nastiness and back-stabbing run rampant when people feel powerless. Ever notice how doctors always seem to stick together?

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