Nurses are said to be the most trusted professionals. I've been in nursing a long time, and over that time I've heard many patients and staff express agreement with that evaluation. I've also heard a few nurses disagree strongly.
There has been a lot of discussion about how compassionate nurses are, how much we give of ourselves, how nursing is more a calling than a career.
I agree with those descriptions as well. I respect nursing as a calling rather than simply a job, and I treasure the souls who give their all to care for others.
There is occasionally another view of nursing, one that sees more humanity than saintliness.
We all know of nursing as a profession that can eat its young.
Many of us know or have heard of units where the culture is all too often one of back-stabbing.
This thread is offered for ask if there are any nurses who would like to share their own views or experiences to answer the question:
"Are there some work places where our ideals fall short, and the facility or unit culture needs healing as much as the patients in it?"
Put another way, ARE we always kind to our own, or are there instances when the "team" culture is one of exclusion rather than inclusion?
Last edit by leslie :-D on Dec 9, '11