I am a prenursing student, hoping to gain admittance to a nursing school in my area this year.
I have to say, that one of the "worst" things to me, about the field of nursing is the punitive culture and coworkers high tendency to report their fellow coworkers! I have worked other (less stressful) jobs before and this punitive culture isn't as rampant to say the least!
Why are nurses/aides/caregivers so eager to report each other to supervisors? ''
I mean look, if someone is INTENTIONALLY harming a patient then by all means report report report! But for things that can be changed, often by talking to the coworker directly, why report them? Why not give your coworker the benefit of the doubt?
Case in point: I worked at a group home type facility where we had a new bed alarm thing for one of the patients . A coworker kept "setting" it wrong. It did have kind of a weird set up, and when my supervisor was explaining how to work it I had to have her show me three times before I could do it. A coworker kept setting it wrong. The repercussions of this could have been horrible: the patient could have gotten up and been severely injured. It was a serious issue. However, the coworker WAS NOT setting the bed alarm wrong on purpose . She didn't know she was doing it wrong and didn't know that it wasn't set right when she left the patient's room. I saw this happening one day, talked to her about it in private. She was shocked and genuinely seemed upset by what had happenned. I taught her how to set the bed alarm properly. She emailed our supervisor and at the next meeting our supervisor ran through how to set the bed alarm with everyone again. Many people were doing this wrong. Still, a fellow coworker who ALSO saw that coworker set the bed alarm wrong emailed our supervisor and reported her, resulting in a write-up. I felt bad for the mistaken coworker, and would not have reported her UNLESS even after I talked to her she continued to make the same mistake. I try to give my coworkers the benefit of the doubt.
I am just curious. I was always nervous about being written up for things. Why are nurses/aides so eager to report their coworkers??
I find some colleagues are more eager than others to write up incidence reports, yes. I like to speak to that nurse personally to give them a heads up and if it was serious then write up a report. I would appreciate the same consideration. Because there nothing like the feeling of being called into see the supervisor and she goes over the report with you and you clearly see the name of the person who reported you, and didn't have the guts to speak to you face to face. Usually something minor anyway that didn't even cross my mind. It breaks that trust factor. It should be a learning experience not an opportunity to "punish" someone.
Last edit by meadow85 on Dec 3, '09