Cliques in nursing field - page 2

Ok maybe someone has touched on this before but this is personal for me. Is nursing the type of job where there is cliques? For instance if there is one bossy nurse that everyone follows or sucks up... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    I dont worry about it at all
    I go to work, do my job
    I Do Not Associate with people I work with
    I go GOLFING alot

    I keep life in the short grass
  2. by   RNperdiem
    There is a blurry line between co-workers and friends sometimes. People can get so busy that they do not maintain friendships outside of work, and look to their co-workers to be their friends. This is how cliques form, and I think it is more common in female dominated jobs.
    My husband works in a very male office. They do not talk about details of their personal life, personal problems, and therefore don't really form cliques.
  3. by   Natkat
    I have seen this lots of places. I've made mistakes and wound up with the whole department hating me. But over time I learned how to get along with people well enough to not be a target. Now I just ignore it. I don't go to work to make friends. If people like me it's a bonus, but I don't expect it.

    One thing that I did to myself that made my life difficult was staying to myself and not joining in. Over time I developed better social skills. Not that I wanted to fit in, but it helped me get along better. I learned to smile and say hi even when I didn't want to. I learned to make small talk and get people talking about themselves. I fussed over baby pictures even though I didn't want to. But mostly I let the other people initiate the interaction and tried to not talk about myself so much. It helped.
  4. by   lizzyberry
    Quote from RNsRWe
    I've worked in other fields, and found this same mentality everywhere. There is always going to be a segment of the population that feels the need to band together against the 'outsiders', or make someone BE the outsider of their circle. Makes 'em feel special, I suppose. Seen it in fields totally unrelated to nursing, AND, for what it's worth, MEN were a nasty little contingent at the last place I worked before nursing school! So it's equal opportunity pettiness
    I agree when I worked at a bank when I was younger the male Customer Service REp thought he was so much better than me like he was too good to talk to me,we were the same age. Oh well,I didnt care to talk to him either. And there was a really mean teller and everyone would try to impress her,also my age,they would act like she was the queen. You better believe I would never suck up to her.
    Last edit by lizzyberry on May 2, '07
  5. by   pshs_2000
    I have learned (in my mere 25 years of life) that "real life" is just like high school all over again. Just stand true to yourself and your beliefs.
  6. by   lizzyberry
    Quote from RNperdiem
    There is a blurry line between co-workers and friends sometimes. People can get so busy that they do not maintain friendships outside of work, and look to their co-workers to be their friends. This is how cliques form, and I think it is more common in female dominated jobs.
    My husband works in a very male office. They do not talk about details of their personal life, personal problems, and therefore don't really form cliques.
    This is so true. Dont get too involved with gossip! Its never a good thing/
  7. by   gina gina
    Oh Girl Please,it's Gonna B Drama Evrywhere U Go.when I Was In Nursing School I Kept To Myself And Watched The Show.grown People Ain't Nuthin But Big Kids And I Am Really Realizing That Age Ain't Nuttin But A Numba When It Comes To Tha Mentality Of Folks.u Gotta Rememba That People R People B4 They Get Their Titles.f--- Em.
  8. by   SoundofMusic
    Being a sorority girl of many years past was terrible, but it sort of prepared me for the experience of being nurse on a floor unit. Just bunches of "girls" with 100 dfferent types of personalities. Best to hang back and learn everybody. You can find one horrible, and then she turns out to be great -- or vice versa. I just hang back and stay quiet until I figure everyone out.
  9. by   medsurgrnco
    I've worked in other professions, with the occasional personality conflicts and cliques. But before nursing, I never worked anywhere where the majority of coworkers acted like high school kids.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    I think this is everywhere, really. I don't have much to compare to since I have worked in the medical field the majority of my life. The difference, I feel, with the medical field is that this is just that-a practice. Because it is a practice, and the human response to illness is varied, there is no real textbook to illustrate what the right thing to do is. And, what is scary is that we have to depend on these people to help us to save lives. I have seen nurses and aides decide not to help a patient because they don't like the nurse that is responsible for that patient. If that nurse happens to be a novice, or not strong in picking up an emergency or how to intervene, this is a recipe for trouble.

    I have seen some new grad nurses that are complete idiots (not because they are new, but because they don't want to learn-and I am thinking of one person in particular as I type this), but because they are in good with the nursing administrator, their blunders are covered up. But, the dedicated nurse, who seems to be standoffish and distances herself from the gossip is not always appreciated for her observations, interventions or knowledge. I am not saying that new grad or even incumbant nurses are not supposed to make errors or know anything, but what I look for is an interest in learning, pride in your license earned and a dedication to nursing.

    An accountant, administrator, factory worker or garbage picker can redo their assignment and make a correction that does not necessarily cause bodily harm. We cannot do the same once an ommission or mistake is made. We need to be able to put the cliques to the side for patient care, and then go back into our corners. But, some people can't seperate the two. That is what makes it dangerous.
  11. by   PinkFuzz
    You'll find cliques in all places. I personally hate the whole Idea and find those people are just immature because they somehow feel that isolating others makes them better.

    I just try to be the person I know God wants me to be... forget about cliques.... it's much more pleasant to think about the friends I do have and better yet the fact that I have more friends because I don't single people out!
  12. by   *ac*
    Quote from lizzyberry
    Backstabbing problems? I just want to go to work and not have to worry about people talking behind my back.
    Good luck with that.
  13. by   *ac*
    Quote from G to The P
    Its a professional job, "cliques" don't really exist, not like in highschool anyways. Just be yourself and people will admire that. I wouldn't fret it.
    I wish.

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