A Plea to Nurses Everywhere - page 2

by SarahLeeRN

I donít seem to process everything that I see, hear and do at work until I am home. My lack of reflection until later might have something to do with running around like a Looney Tunes character for eight or more hours caring for... Read More


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    Quote from PMFB-RN
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    *** WOW! I am _SO_ glad I dont' work where you work! You MUST know that you work in a defective work enviroment and that your faciliety and similar are exceptions to the rule? Your unit or hospital culture is broken. Is this a Magnet hospital? Sounds like it.
    I know after my article you might find this hard to believe but where I work is actually a very good place to work as a general rule. I do have to use some creative license for the sake of privacy. This post is actually not truly reflective of my work environment as a whole. There are nurses that I work with that are amazing and professional to all they come in contact with. But there are some nurses-spread across different shifts and departments who seem to be content to be totally miserable. Who would truly believe that this post was dead on accurate as to the negativity that they see around them simply because they seem to want to be bitter. And I think that is sad. These are just my observations of a few situations that I have observed over a period of time....and work environments. There are always some 'bad apples' in any barrel..the same holds for any work environment I am sure. The post is not meant to be indicative of where I work in general but of some attitudes that I have seen over the years rolled into a few more recent observations. I believe that violence in the workplace does happen-and this is my way of bringing attention to it.
    Sometimes all it takes is one rude comment to make a new or seasoned nurse feel like he or she is working in the worst place in the world when really (myself included) if we all could be a little nicer maybe it wouldn't seem so bad.
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    Screaming, OP? In a 9-year career as a nurse I have never witnessed screaming.

    And I think "shock" at unprofessional behavior probably stems from some degree of naivete about people in general, or a belief that somehow nurses are set apart from the rest of the population.
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    To the nurses that scream at me that they wont take report....we have ways to fix that. Next time I guarantee you will be nicer and state a reason you cant take report as opposed to just yelling at me.
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    Quote from Altra
    Screaming, OP? In a 9-year career as a nurse I have never witnessed screaming.

    And I think "shock" at unprofessional behavior probably stems from some degree of naivete about people in general, or a belief that somehow nurses are set apart from the rest of the population.
    The "shock" was not at unprofessional behavior-that is to be expected everywhere. The shock was that there was such a commonly known phrase such as "Nurses eat their young." She has not been the only one of my non-nursing acquaintances to express surprise at such a phrase that is well known in nursing circles.

    And I am glad for you that you have never witnessed screaming. You are not in the 48%. http://www.nursingworld.org/Mobile/N...n-nursing.html
    Last edit by SarahLeeRN on Mar 12, '13
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    I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I work in a hospital and though I occasionally deal with a grumpy coworkers (from various disciplines), we have a great working environment. I have had an "older" nurse do something for me so I can finish my sandwich and I have had a doc that was nice when I mistakenly called him or her.

    I think why our environment is like that is because we all see each other as family. If you think about it, sometimes we see our coworkers just as much, if not more, than we see our family. When you think of each other that way, it's easier to care about your behavior.
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    Quote from M/B-RN
    ...I think why our environment is like that is because we all see each other as family. If you think about it, sometimes we see our coworkers just as much, if not more, than we see our family. When you think of each other that way, it's easier to care about your behavior.
    Sometimes the rudest behavior can be seen exchanged between close family members...just sayin
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    To the OP, what have you chosen to do regarding the behaviors you have witnessed. Who have you reported the violence to? Have you documented what you've seen? Have you spoken with your Human Resources Department to have all staff throughout the organization re-educated regarding appropriate behavior? I am asking because, I too have seen exactly what you are writing about. I finally started speaking up. I am also more cognizant of when I am "losing control due to my own personal frustrations." There is much to learn and share from this topic.
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    It really is a shame that you have to work in an environment like that.
    Last edit by willow298 on Mar 12, '13
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    Quote from mclennan
    I work in case management. Before that I was a Public Health Nurse working in a community clinic. In 6 years I've NEVER seen a shred of what you talk about. All the nurses I've worked with have been respectful, professional and like family to one another. ALL of them. Please don't blanket-statement all nurses like this, we don't all work in hospitals.

    I understand AN is geared mostly toward acute care/floor/med Surg nursing, but a huge percentage of nurses work elsewhere, in environments other than hospitals. And that is where what you describe seems to happen most. It's important to point that out.
    I would LOVE to get a job where you work!
    I don't see this degree of severity of attitude, but I definitely see some. I am a student and for some reason, the nurses in the nursery on my maternity rotation were the worst! I remember there was an infant wearing a diaper and in a pram crying and I knew a circ had just occurred, so I said to the nurse; "Is that the baby who just had the circ done?" She looked at me like I was partially retarded and said "THAT, is a girl." I just wanted to die laughing inside because I thought to myself, well if I could see the baby's genitals through the diaper than I would not have asked. There were no other obvious indicators pointing towards the baby's sex.
    I guess it really just depends where it is and the general attitude of the unit and hospital.
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    Quote from That Guy
    To the nurses that scream at me that they wont take report....we have ways to fix that. Next time I guarantee you will be nicer and state a reason you cant take report as opposed to just yelling at me.
    Ok, I'm curious, I'll bite. What ways would those be?


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