Why is there so much drama in a field where we help people?

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    Title is enough said. Forget "eating their young". Why so mean to each other??
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    People covering up their own inadequacies/weaknesses by knocking someone else down?
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    Stress? Being tired? That's what I think when I come across miserable nurses.
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    Being human? You will run into this sort of drama no matter what profession or career field you examine.
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    We are not meaner than anyone else, we just have nowhere to hide. In other jobs you are separated into your own cubicles, offices, classrooms etc.
    In nursing, we sit at the nursing station and have no space to call our own. It is all shared space and equipment. Sometimes I get excited when I go to the breakroom and get to be alone for lunch.
    All that togetherness sets the stage for interpersonal drama for those who choose to participate.
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    We are not meaner than anyone else, we just have nowhere to hide. In other jobs you are separated into your own cubicles, offices, classrooms etc.
    In nursing, we sit at the nursing station and have no space to call our own. It is all shared space and equipment. Sometimes I get excited when I go to the breakroom and get to be alone for lunch.
    All that togetherness sets the stage for interpersonal drama for those who choose to participate.
    Great point. One thing I like about my unit is that there are a few computers with more privacy. Plus I try to chart in the room. I do proactive things to protect myself from overexposure to my colleagues, as much as I may like them.
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    I have often wondered that! We, as nurses should have each others backs and not stab each other in them. If we all stuck together we would be a force to be reckoned with!
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    Quote from Emergent

    Great point. One thing I like about my unit is that there are a few computers with more privacy. Plus I try to chart in the room. I do proactive things to protect myself from overexposure to my colleagues, as much as I may like them.
    I've often had colleagues think I was stand-offish when I would go have lunch by myself. They couldn't get that I just wanted to be with by private thoughts rather than sit with colleagues who would most likely want to hash out stressful patient related stuff.
    And like others have said, we are nurses, but first and foremost, we are HUMAN. We have flaws. We will lose patience with others, we will judge, etc. The marks of a good nurse IMO is being able to identify our limitations and try to work around them. I've had moments where I was a bit harsh with co-workers because I had a rough shift. However, I recognized that I was rude, then apologized and explained that it wasn't something they deserved, I was upset from xyz reason.
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    Quote from RInursingstudent
    Title is enough said. Forget "eating their young". Why so mean to each other??
    But seriously, I can't help but notice your name. As a student nurse, please try to refrain from criticizing us until you have walked a mile in our shoes. That kind of thing does tend to get people on the defensive, then you end up creating the circumstances you are claiming are so terrible...
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    Quote from uRNmyway

    But seriously, I can't help but notice your name. As a student nurse, please try to refrain from criticizing us until you have walked a mile in our shoes. That kind of thing does tend to get people on the defensive, then you end up creating the circumstances you are claiming are so terrible...
    I have been an aide for 4 years. Ranging from TLC, ICU/Med-Surg, and home care. If you have nothing.to say about my post, then please don't. This was a vent about what I am tired of seeing.


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