Stop the drama - page 3

stopping the drama at work among nurses, doctors, and other staff members. with that said, does anyone has suggestions on how they deal with such "drama"? or situations that they can share regarding this issue.... Read More

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    I worked at a LTCF for a few years and we all know how bad the drama is in those places! I was in the break room one day and this one CNA was doing her usual blabbing about how horrible her life was....on and on and on. I was eating my lunch and trying to ignore the group that was sitting there like a captive audience. Then one of the group looked at her and said "Amanda, how DO you keep all the drama staight?" I almost choked on my lunch!!!

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    Nip. It. In. The. Bud.

    The only way that drama queens get fuel is when they are recognized and validated. Ignoring their tantrums and antics can only go so far...they will dig into their bag of tricks until push comes to shove and they find themselves exactly where they want to be...the center of attention.

    The best way to diffuse this is to take them aside, get to the root cause of their issue and go from there. Most of the time you will recognize self esteem challenges from the drama queens. Address it, suggest a very concrete path for guidance and follow up with them in 24-48 hours.

    Drama queens lack a sense of purpose and conviction in their own mindsets. More times than not, they ARE genuinely good people with an integrated concept of a strong moral compass...they just need guidance to channel their energy in the right direction. Passion is a valuable human condition that can be malleable if a goal can be broken down into attainable tasks, giving a person a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

    It is up to us as leaders/co-workers/teammates to help them find the right way to channel this passion. We are all in this profession with one common purpose: to provide the best, most efficient and safest care we can deliver to our patients. Working as teammates, we can successfully jump the hurdles and cross the finish line together.
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    Stopping the drama at work can be extremely difficult if you are willing to engage the participants. While ignoring co-workers is far more difficult and less productive. I have found myself shying away from the "work place chaos" by stating my values. I am here to work, have my patients stable enough to discharge, and end my shift. I do talk to co-workers in the nursing lounge and nursing station, but whenever there is a conversation that may backfire on me or involve another coworker becoming upset or combative(not physically) I excuse myself without speaking a word.
    I've been called stern, mean, ******, etc. I've never been called into the DONs office to discuss workplace issues with another coworker, patient, or family member. If it takes me losing a coworkers' "friendship" so be it. I know how to separate my friends from my coworkers. Therefore, we are all here to do one thing, and that is our job.
    orthonurse55, Lovely_RN, and MA_Davis like this.
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    Quote from gitanorn
    stopping the drama at work among nurses, doctors, and other staff members. with that said, does anyone has suggestions on how they deal with such "drama"? or situations that they can share regarding this issue.
    the workplace drama i dealt with revolved around the director and one of her clinical managers. whatever one wanted, the other did - constantly. many of us tried our darndest to rise above this "nonsense,"; however, with the two of them feeding each other, it was virtually impossible. worst of all, to me, was the fact that they talked about everyone in the presence of whoever was standing nearby - and not so thinly veiled, either. their actions finally took their toll on me; i bailed from that workplace; they won, and i am far happier to be away from "them!!" if i never see either of them again, well, great!! :spin:
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    Quote from gitanorn
    at this level, i have given serious thought on handling the situation like esme12 has posted, just let them go at it and let it all come out in the wash and let be bygones be bygones. for example today the first thing @ 5:30am i receive a call that two night nurses and a female doctor got into an altercation in front of the pt. and their family. in addition, 5 nurses call out sick and one declines to come in if so & so is in-charge. in addition, one cna & an lpn in med/surg. haven't been able to hatch their differences since they had a few words several months ago, plus the cna won't take any orders from the lpn. furthermore, i have to deal with 3 prima-donna's nm that don't seem to realize that the good old days are gone and we have to move forward, so they have decided to do their own thing when it comes to managing their staff after several personal counseling. oh! let's not forget one of the evening pharmacist has a retraining order on one of my nurses because she claims that the nurse is having an affair with her husband, and calls the nm's every day to find out if the nurse in question is scheduled to work when her husband is on duty at the out/pt. pharmacy. needless to say, i felt like calling in myself .however, i went on my daily jog, and the palms swaying plus the sounds of the beach calmed me and gave me a new perspective on the matter. unquestionably, now you know what brought up this post. wishing all the drama queens/kings the best wherever their facility may be.....aloha~
    wow. i was going to recommend enjoy the drama as the entertainment that it is.... but this sounds insane!!!!
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    Emotional forcefield, head down, tail up, under the radar........
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    There is bound to be a drama queen/king in every medical facility. If there is one at your workplace, it would be best to talk less when you are with them. The less interaction you have with them, the better. Just do your job and complete your tasks. There is already enough real drama with the patients. YOu don't need one more drama queen/king in your life.
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    up date! since i posted my original post i had a meeting with all 3 shifts and allowed them to speak their mind, followed by me given them a peace of my mind and a reminder of the facility policy that they signed regarding this issue when they became new employees. having said that, i fully understand that no matter where you go there will be drama it's human nature enough said. on the other hand, when it becomes disruptive on a daily basis and it flows into our work, that needs to be addressed and nip in the bud if you will. admittedly, i work with a great qualified nursing staff that has overcome several storms in the past, and resurfaced as a triumphant warrior. therefore, for this alone i'm proud of taking the staff beyond their expectations into a better understanding that together we will overcome all obstacles, to ensure and deliver the highest caliber of nursing possible. although, i'm not blind that drama will continue whenever you place over 2,500 nurses together, but with the assertiveness that it won't be a destructive factor or compromise our daily goal on serving and delivering a quality care to our patients.
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    Don't get involved in little attention, don't share opinions, have your life outside of the's too draining...

    I work in an environment where there's a lot of drama and don't hang with anyone I work I remain sane!

    If someone tries to share stuff with you, just change the subject, or just say something like, "I'm really not interested in knowing that, thanks..."
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