Harassment? - page 4
by Angie O'Plasty, RN 2,953 Views | 38 Comments
Once a week, we've been asked to wear white. It's supposed to be voluntary. It's supposed to be a choice. However. I know that one overzealous person has called people at home to "remind" them to wear white. I also know... Read More
- 1Aug 15, '07 by leslie :-Ddang, i am so glad to be a raving, psychotic lunatic witch.
my colors really show when someone's trying to bully me.
stay strong, angie.
say no and mean it.
then let it go.
sometimes all it takes is some 'meaningful' eye contact for one to get your message.
- 0Aug 16, '07 by Angie O'Plasty, RNOK, quick update.
I had a chat with the coworker in question and found out two very interesting things: first, that the whole initiative was not started by her, it was started by higher-ups; second, that she apologised for coming on so strongly about the whole deal and promised her support to those of us who chose not to join in.
So now I can finally shut up about it.
Thanks for your responses, they really gave me the push I needed to get this resolved.
- 1Aug 16, '07 by NightcrawlerWhen these "teambuilding" initiatives come up it just drives me nuts. You are not a team because you all wear the same color, you are not a team because you say the same scripted statements to patients, and you are not a team because you join committees or think up more things to do to show that you are a team.
The way to build your team is to ACT like a team. Make a point to answer lights whether they are "your" patients or not. Offer to pitch in and help the co-worker that is drowning in work. BE there for the nurse that has a patient circling the drain.
Thank those that help you. Be open to sharing your skills with others. If you are good at starting IV's, let those around you know that you are willing to help them out whenever you can. Offer to watch another nurses patients so that she can take a break.
For nurse managers that are interested in finding out how to promote a team atmosphere, throw these stupid let's all wear white initiatives out the window, look at your unit, find the nurses that do some of the things that I talked about above, and publicly reward them in some real way. Team member of the month is great, but nurses are greedy, greedy people. Find out if you can have the hospital designate a "unit" parking place, let the "winner" that month set their own schedule the next, reward them with a new scrub top, a week's worth of meal tickets, etc...
The point is that the reward for acting like a member of a team needs to be substantial enough not to be dismissed as a stupid gimmick. The all wear white initiative that angie talks about in this thread didn't do anything to build a team, but created more division and infighting. If the idea was to build teamwork, it was not effective. I am a contrary person, I would have made a point to wear all black scrubs on that day of the week, and then go on to do all of the things that I always do for my co workers. Enough ranting now
- 1Aug 16, '07 by CHATSDALEbring this up at the next staff meeting
once when i went to work i was told that all nurses were to wear white and the cna's were to wear blue, dietary another color and so on..
everyone but the nurses got two uniforms a year
i took the job because it was closer and with better hours than anything else that was available but at least i knew going in what was going on, i always kept a spare uniform 'just in case'
- 2Aug 16, '07 by NURSJADEDDoesn't sound much like "team playing" if the team didn't get to come up with the exercise. Maybe they (facility) could fork over the bucks to buy everyone the same colored (not white) tops with the logo on them? And everyone could wear them on Fridays or something. At our facility the ER manager ordered t-shirts with this awesome ER logo on them (black t-shirts with sorta flames behind them). They would wear them on Fridays and the rest of us were so jealous because they were so cool! Or how about even picking a color besides white? How about a royal blue scrub day? Sounds to me like there's someone "higher up" that prefers nurses in white and once you all start wearing it on a regular basis will say, "see, doesn't that look better? Now you should wear it everyday!".... slippery slope there. :uhoh21:
- 0Aug 16, '07 by Angie O'Plasty, RNQuote from NURSJADEDExactly! I was told that we were supposed to be going system-wide with this thing.Sounds to me like there's someone "higher up" that prefers nurses in white and once you all start wearing it on a regular basis will say, "see, doesn't that look better? Now you should wear it everyday!".... slippery slope there. :uhoh21:
Hopefully, it's only a rumor.
- 0Aug 16, '07 by caroladybelleQuote from pagandeva2000AND WHAT DOES MAGNET HAVE TO DO WITH THAT DRESS CODE?Now, at my job, because of magnet, we are forced to wear white shoes, pants and pastel colored tops. I was told several times that some of my scrub tops were not quite pastel, too bright, or had to wear a solid color rather than a few stripes here and there.
The best hospitals in the nation do not have such dress codes. Someone is pulling a fast one, to try to push this on y'all, and using Magnet as an excuse.
- 0Aug 16, '07 by beth66335Since when are scrubs considered "dressy". I've always felt casual enough in them!Quote from stevielynnWe had a "casual Friday" where the nurses and aides on LTC wore jeans. On Acute, I just couldn't do that. Work in jeans. So I didn't. Casual Friday was not mandatory. Nor should it be.