It was a breath of fresh air when I interviewed for a RN internship and the NM told be she does not tolerate bullying or nurses eating their young.
My mouth almost dropped as she spoke those words, as I never seen a manager feel so strongly against it.
She went onto say that she have fired a few nurses who were bullies, even though they were very competent as nurses.
I wish more NM had this attitude. I just don't see why it is so hard to come in, do our job, and keep the peace. I don't come to work to make friends, however I also don't come expecting to have to constantly defend myself from immature, catty, coworkers on a daily basis.
Obviously, we have so many personalities in nursing and there are times when people are having a bad day. However, people need to think a few seconds before saying things out of their mouths. Not sure why this is so hard to do.
Seems like this NM gets it. Maybe if more managers hold nurses more accountable for their actions we will see less bullying in the work place.