A lot of threads discuss whether or not bullying is rampant. I want to give some examples of behaviors and I am interested in people to tell me which one(s) consist of bullying, rude behavior, or social abuse.
(1) A nurse grabbing a sheet from her orientee's hands, stating in a raised voice that "its too sloppy, give it to me" so that she can fold it herself over a patient.
(2) A nurse not letting her orientee go to lunch or cover their orientee's lunch because the orientee had to catch up on documentation, even though the nurse had taken lunch herself.
(3) A nurse loudly commanding their orientee in the nurses station to finish their documentation before doing anything else because they don't want to get out late.
(4) A nurse asking another nurse "why did you needlestick yourself?" after an accidental needlestick that requires the nurse to go to occ health.
(5) A nurse asking another nurse during ICU handoff why they didn't obtain an order to replete their patients potassium of 3.8.
These are real life situations that I have experienced or observed. In my opinion, the majority of them demonstrate the height of rudeness. The last one demonstrates someone suggesting that a nurse didn't follow their patient's labs to replete their normal potassium level to one that was more normal.
Jul 12, '14
by Mr. Murse, RN
I think those examples just make the person an ****, not a bully, but I guess the line is kind of blurry there. By using the term a-hole instead of bully though, I feel like it's less of a victim mentality. I've dealt with many a-holes in many different parts of life. Calling them bullies and implementing bullying policies won't make them any less of an a-hole and won't make them magically go away.
Basically, I just feel like the term "bully" is being over used and creating a victimhood mentality that is only contributing to the problem it's trying to solve. To me, bully is someone abusing their power for absolutely no reason except to show they have the power to do so. In the examples you gave, the perpetrator was a-hole, but they were still trying to make a point, just in a very ineffective and rude way. To me that's different than bullying.
Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jul 12, '14
: Reason: changed to all **