Drawing the Line: Shutting Down Verbal Abuse - page 3

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It's 3 p.m. The witching hour for any operating room. As our medical director makes rounds, he tallies up how many late rooms are running, and compares that to how many surgical and anesthesia staff we have available to run... Read More


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    Hey DukeGirl!

    Absolutely fantastic post. Bullying (especially among nurses) is so common and such a hot topic these days. Even as a student nurse I have both observed and unfortunately experienced this bad behavior. Considering that nursing is such a "team sport" it's very upsetting knowing that bullying has become the norm in most hospitals, especially involving new nurses. I really enjoyed reading your guidelines and tips on how to deal with these tough situations, I will definitely use this helpful information going forward. Thanks!
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    Canes, thank you so much for stating the guidelines, as a novice, I heard so many times of "nurses eat their young". I will keep them in mind in case I come across someone trying to disrespect me.
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    Quote from prmenrs
    @Jose--"fellow" in this case refers to the doctor's place in the teaching hospital heirarchy. She is one step below the attending (professor) on the service. She has completed her residency and is receiveing advanced education in the specialty. She has been around long enough to know better how to interact w/other members of the team in a productive manner. Apparently, in this case, she missed the class on how to play nicely and the one on listening.
    Ah, fellows. Even the kindest, most logical resident will often turn into a megalomaniacal nightmare when they become the fellow. Sometimes they are awesome people that you end up missing at the end of the year, more often you count down the days until they are gone.
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    Quote from canesdukegirl
    Here's the bottom line: I knew that Dr. D personally spoke to this fellow about holding her case. She didn't speak to him the same way she spoke to me. If she had, then it would have been dealt with in his office. Since Dr. D and I agreed on this plan, why is it that she had no compunction to be disrespectful to me? Because she thinks that she can bully a nurse. I thought it prudent to stand up for myself, and send a very clear message that rudeness and bullying will not be tolerated.
    Why does she believe that? Because she's not been taught any differently. And I suspect she's probably seen doctors act like bullies and benefit from the behavior. We had older attendings, years ago, who insisted that the nurses be treated with respect. Now, not so much.


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