Nurses: Oppression Can Stop With You - page 2

by TheCommuter 12,338 Views | 48 Comments Senior Moderator

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 its members, nursing is an... Read More


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    I agree with you completely and for years I worked in hospitals where I wished that all of the nurses would unite and stand up together against administration and demand better conditions for our work and for our patients. However, most of the nurses I worked with were not at all interested in this. They would complain and agree that something should be done, but none were willing to do anything about it. They seemed to worry that if they said or did anything, they would lose their job. Finally, I got out of the hospital environment and into a better one. Now I am respected where I work, treated fairly, encouraged to be independent and think outside the box, supported, praised, paid well, given freedom in my schedule and the list goes on and on. I will never return to working in a hospital. Never. I would not have been offered this job without the experience of 13 years I toiled in hospitals and I am glad that I have that experience, but I have never been so happy in my career. It's a shame because I am a good nurse and loved taking care of patients and I am surrounded now every day by other good nurses who will also unlikely return to a hospital. It's sad that some nurses feel they have to leave and give up direct patient care to enter other areas in order to be treated decently. I have some friends and family members who have left the profession completely because of this.
    Sisyphus, tewdles, Laura Z. Pam, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from LilacHeart
    Management did nothing and eventually I had to quit to keep my own sanity.
    In some areas (apparently not nursing, as far as I can tell from this site) people sue over hostile work environment, in some cases (as yours) aggravated by sexual harassment. The problem is that, once you file suit, you may never get another job in your field, which is a real problem if you don't prevail in court (sometimes the wrong party with the better lawyer wins).

    But then, if no one does anything, nothing will change.
    JRP1120, RN, TheCommuter, and lindarn like this.
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    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.
    Sisyphus, Not_A_Hat_Person, MauraRN, and 11 others like this.
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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.
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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.
    MauraRN, tewdles, and Jammin' RN like this.
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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
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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?
    tewdles likes this.
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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.
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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.
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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....
    tewdles likes this.


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