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Nurses: Oppression Can Stop With You - page 2

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines oppression as unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power. Due to its position on the social ladder combined with the sometimes unprofessional behaviors of... Read More

  1. Visit  wooh profile page
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    Quote from giveface
    Most managers I see are definitely indifferent to this large scale problem.
    Of course they are. It's a good thing for them. If we're fighting with each other, we won't have any energy left to fight them over little "trivial" things like bumping up our ratios.
  2. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    It seems unlikely that nurses will ever join together. Read a few different posts on here....hospital nurses think nurses who work in long term care aren't real nurses. Bachelors prepared nurses look down on those with Associate degrees. Older nurses think new nurses are entitled brats and new nurses want the older ones to get out of the field so they will have a job.
    Unfortunately, I agree. There's too much division, back-biting, and internal battles in nursing. Instead of uniting, many nurses engage in behaviors typical of oppressed groups that only serve the purpose of keeping one's thumb on top on another. Too many nurses keep their colleagues down instead of doing things to build each other up.

    I'll repeat this saying. . .United we stand, divided we fall. Without unity, the internal division in nursing will help maintain nursing's status as an oppressed group.
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  3. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
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    I left a job because of bullying and mobbing..

    My manager said "we're aware of it and working on it"
    HR said "we're aware of it and working on it"
    The union dsaid "we're aware of it and they are working on it
  4. Visit  Cold Stethoscope profile page
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    It seems unlikely that nurses will ever join together. Read a few different posts on here....hospital nurses think nurses who work in long term care aren't real nurses. Bachelors prepared nurses look down on those with Associate degrees. Older nurses think new nurses are entitled brats and new nurses want the older ones to get out of the field so they will have a job.
    It's as if the lifeboat (i.e., having a job) is getting more crowded, there are not enough provisions, and people are trying to push one another off the side.

    Ten years ago, when the job market was much better for nurses, were conditions any better? Or did you climb into the same meat grinder after picking up your hiring bonus check?
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  5. Visit  tnmarie profile page
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    It is frustrating. All I know to do is to "be the change I want to see...". I go out of my way to avoid the drama and cat fights and I also go out of my way to help out where I can.
  6. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    As someone who just found out that someone else brought a complaint against me (outright lie!) this couldn't be more timely. I'm really starting to hate nursing because of this crap.
    Not_A_Hat_Person, MauraRN, tewdles, and 2 others like this.
  7. Visit  paradiseboundRN profile page
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    Great article! The specialty of home care used to be a better environment than the hospital but no more. Because there is a huge shortage of home care nurses (at least in Metro Detroit) there is lots of drama due to lack of nurses to cover the cases. The management wants to cases open for the profit but then they can't find a nurse to manage the case. This causes overwork and stress which leads to back-stabbing, infighting, bullying etc. This leads to high turn-over, even with management. And the problem goes on and on....
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  8. Visit  Cold Stethoscope profile page
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    Quote from paradiseboundRN
    Great article! The specialty of home care used to be a better environment than the hospital but no more. Because there is a huge shortage of home care nurses (at least in Metro Detroit) there is lots of drama due to lack of nurses to cover the cases. The management wants to cases open for the profit but then they can't find a nurse to manage the case. This causes overwork and stress which leads to back-stabbing, infighting, bullying etc. This leads to high turn-over, even with management. And the problem goes on and on....
    Unlike most other nursing areas, it sounds like there is a genuine shortage there. While the market is not the answer to every problem, wouldn't raising salaries for home care nurses go a long way to solving this one?
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  9. Visit  paradiseboundRN profile page
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    Yes, raising the salaries would certainly help but due to the cuts in Medicare reimbursement, its not going to happen.
    MauraRN likes this.
  10. Visit  GadgetRN71 profile page
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    Excellent article. Sadly, those who try to fight for change often end up discouraged, tired, beaten down. I'm not ready to give up quite yet, but I'm getting there.
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  11. Visit  neverbethesame profile page
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    TheCommuter- To compare the plight of nurses today with the real oppression of African-Americans prior to the Civil Rights movement is not congruent in any way, shape or form. It is offensive to both parties by minimizing what was done to African-Americans and maximizing what happens to nurses. A study of the Civil Right movement is necessary to understand why they are not similar at all.

    There are issues in nursing (and other professions) that need attention and solutions from the bottom up and top down. There are lots of moving parts that need to be streamlined in all areas of healthcare that will make it better for everyone. For example, physicians putting in new orders via computer on wheels or iPad in the patient's room so it can get to the RN/Pharmacy/OT/PT, etc. faster so the patient get's their care faster and is more satisfied thus not complaining, on the call bell, sending family to the nurses station, etc.

    Additionally, people speaking up for themselves, defending themselves and not allowing co-workers to bully them. All workplaces have all of this diversity and tolerance training: respect for differences in religion, culture, sexual orientation, blah, blah, blah and we all go through the trainings and get signed off and the bosses get to check off a box BUT rarely does a boss simply says things like, "The gossiping has got to stop or you are going to be asked to resign.", "Stop being such b****** to each other or you are going to be asked to resign." Bosses must root out the poison- those people who are literally destroying their workplace from the inside out. Send the mean ones to Employee Assistance Programs get to the root of their negative affect on their workplace. Management needs get brave, separate the sheep from the goats, emphasize basic manners, civility and respect not the vague diversity and tolerance principles that don't truly get to the real issues. We need to get brave and protect ourselves in any legal, ethical ways available to us.
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  12. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from neverbethesame
    It is offensive to both parties by minimizing what was done to African-Americans and maximizing what happens to nurses. A study of the Civil Right movement is necessary to understand why they are not similar at all.
    As a nurse and an African-American female who has studied the Civil Rights movement, I honestly do not feel that my statements maximized or minimized any party's societal experiences. However, one's perception is also his/her reality, and it is possible for people to object when no offense was ever intended.
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  13. Visit  samadams8 profile page
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    Quote from neverbethesame
    Bosses must root out the poison- those people who are literally destroying their workplace from the inside out. Send the mean ones to Employee Assistance Programs get to the root of their negative affect on their workplace. Management needs get brave, separate the sheep from the goats, emphasize basic manners, civility and respect not the vague diversity and tolerance principles that don't truly get to the real issues. We need to get brave and protect ourselves in any legal, ethical ways available to us.

    Fine idea, but management often embraces those that are the poison. It's all about presentation, perception, and how things appear on the surface. So long as they don't necessarily "LOOK" like poison or the toxins that they are, the managers often are OK with it. Why? They depend on them for many things, and they don't want a mutiny by the strong players--some or more of whom are often toxic. Many in mgt just want to get to the next wrung on the next "best" thing. So they let this stuff go on, and in some instances, they even encourage it, but it is wrapped in professionalized euphemisms. It is political-gaming. This what our profession has come to--it may have had some strains before, but now it is more prevalent than ever.

    Thing is, if it isn't changed from the top down, it doesn't get any better.


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