Is it simply a fact of life that nurses are a very catty bunch? We can be the tenderest most compassionate people to our patients but when it comes to one another the sharp claws can dig deep. I have seen this behavior everywhere I have worked. Nurses bad-mouthing other nurses when they aren't around. Being critical of others performance or even others personal lives. Then these same people will turn around and be just as sweet as sugar when the one they were talking about is around.
I am new to the unit and am not going to let myself get sucked into that mess but the flip side is that not all the criticism is unwarranted. Much of it revolves around the same people with the same issues. The nurse with the messy divorce who spends a large part of her day on the phone for personal issues while the rest of us are tending to her monitor alarms. It is common knowledge that if you pick up an assignment after her you will have to do work that she "didn't have time", "forgot" or "didn't know" she had to do. Everyone knows about it, management included but it just continues. How about the nurses who will do just about anything to avoid certain tasks they don't like such as hanging TPN and lipids? It seems our solution is to get in a big pow-wow and gripe. Does it help anything?
If I am making mistakes I want to know what they are so that I can fix them, I don't want people just talking behind my back. Hearing how they talk about one another almost makes me paranoid. Does anyone else see this? Is it just something we have to live with? When I got out of nursing school I read a quote about nursing that said "Nursing is one of the only professions that eats its young". Maybe we don't only eat our young maybe we are just cannibals.