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unprofessional behavior in RN community - page 5

:nurse: I work in a small rural hospital in Nebraska,you would think the nurses here would be as professional as anywhere,or more so,wrong-wrong-wrong...we have some younger 22-30 year olds that use... Read More

  1. Visit  1BlessedRN profile page
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    Quote from Dixiedi
    Foul language in front of pts/families is not a nitpicking complaint. Respect of your pts and their families is most important. A nurse can be sharp as a tack, but if she verbally comes off like a street walker, then she doesn't leave a very good impression.
    Making fun of others, well, that is simply immaturity and has nothing to do with age. It's not just in nursing either, it's running rampant all over this country in all walks of life.
    No solution to offer unfortunately.
    I agree with Dixiedi on the above posts,to add if a nurse is using profanity in front of her patients and don't have a conscience about it that's SAD, however a slip up does happen if you are used to using profanity. I may be old-fashion and from the old school, but I look at nursing as a very respected profession, but this modern day we now live alot of that respect has long gone from our profession.
  2. Visit  mattsmom81 profile page
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    Personally, I will put up with a lot of venting in the breakroom...and if the language is offending me I leave. We all need to vent in a safe place and the break room is it.

    If it occurs at the nursing desk, its a whole nuther problem... those nurses are risking a lot IMO. We ALL have a right to work in a non-offensive environment and if the F word and sexually oriented jokes and conversation occur at the desk, its dangerous ground. Hostile work environment, and harassment charges, as well as unprofessional conduct charges....can be in that nurses' future.

    If ugly, abusive, offensive language occurs in front of patients and families, and we as bystander professionals do not report it, we could risk being included in charges and discipline by our facility and the BON, theoretically...

    Just food for thought. At my last hospital of employment I worked with a male nurse who used the F word and sexually oriented jokes and comments at the desk and in front of patients frequently...he was very popular and a competent nurse, but this made me quite uncomfortable. Reporting him would likely yield nothing but earning me a reputation as a troublemaker, so I made no official report. BUT word leaked out that some of us older nurses didn't care for his language, and he and a few of his buddies made sarcastic comments/hostile behavior to us after. This is some of the dysfunction in nursing. I am glad I am no longer in that particular environment.

    If the environment is toxic, sometimes its just best to remove yourself from it.
  3. Visit  MichaelSSSS profile page
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    I really don't see what is so bad about letting go of some color metaphors as long as it's not in front of patients. I mean, sure, the "F" word is a bit rough but it has become such common place that it's hardly a shocker anymore. Besides - like many have said here - it's a great stress reliever. Let people be who they are and forget trying to force people to conform to your own standards - it ain't going to happen.
  4. Visit  missmercy profile page
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    I guess I am old-fashioned -- my mom would have kicked my fanny if I ever used some of the "colorful language" that is so commonplace today. I have raised my children the same way. Just as JCAHO has "unacceptable abbreviations" we have unacceptable vocabulary! I am no novice, I know that we don't all play by the same rules or have the same convictions -- so what someone else does in their moments of frustration is between them and their conscience. There are ways that I see as more appropriate, less offensive ways to deal with anger and frustration - that others may think are rigid, old fashioned, prudish -- and that's OK by me! I remember working for a gal who would say "SUGAR!" in such a tone/manner that we all knew it was intended as a curse -- the word was not the issue -- it was the temper.
  5. Visit  missmercy profile page
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    Just one more comment --

    I would find the "colorful language" offensive and unprofessional from the server at McDonalds, from the clerk at the grocery or anywhere. Nurses aren't angels -- at least I'm not! But I do hope that we can present a positive, professional demeanor -- respectful and kind not only to our clients but to our coworkers as well.

    I am now getting off the soap box
  6. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from missmercy
    Just one more comment --

    I would find the "colorful language" offensive and unprofessional from the server at McDonalds, from the clerk at the grocery or anywhere. Nurses aren't angels -- at least I'm not! But I do hope that we can present a positive, professional demeanor -- respectful and kind not only to our clients but to our coworkers as well.

    I am now getting off the soap box
    a resounding THANK YOU and AMEN!
  7. Visit  Gromit profile page
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    All I know is that I really don't care to work in the kind of environment where that kind of language is considdered 'common place'.
    Honestly. I don't put up with it from my patients, or their families.
    I certainly don't intend to put up with it from my co-workers.
  8. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    There's a dayshift nurse that does relief charge occasionally. In report when she's had a bad day, she'll curse, using the "f" word. Being day charge on a busy med-tele floor, with the coworkers and management she has is extremely frustrating and I allow her get it off her chest. Yeah it's rude, crude, immature and unnessary, unprofressional and ballsy, but I allow her. I'm not young, I wasn't raised like that, but I understand the frustration behind it and allow it. I wouldn't dream of making a big deal about it, but that's me and I respect the other opinions here, but this is mine.

    Profanity outside of this kind of situation and in front of a patient is not acceptable profressional behavior.

    There was rampant use of the phrase "***" here on this board, until the mods crushed. So while the word may not be commonplace, it's not all that unusual these days either.
  9. Visit  1BlessedRN profile page
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    Quote from Gromit
    All I know is that I really don't care to work in the kind of environment where that kind of language is considdered 'common place'.
    Honestly. I don't put up with it from my patients, or their families.
    I certainly don't intend to put up with it from my co-workers.
    AMEN
    I didn't like it when I worked around doctors constantly cursing like sailors, and I sure wouldn't like it at all hearing it all day from my co-workers as I stated above slip-ups do happen but there are plenty other ways of relieving frustration.
  10. Visit  1BlessedRN profile page
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    Profanity outside of this kind of situation and in front of a patient is not acceptable profressional behavior.

    YEAH!!!! I'm with you 3rd shift guy
  11. Visit  AFRescuemedic profile page
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    Quote from miphillli
    .....come on ladies this is not a hard list to follow,is it? Thanks for listening
    That's part of the problem in nursing...
  12. Visit  darius000 profile page
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    Hi,
    where abouts in Qld do you work. I worked on Palm Island, in Cunnamulla and Longreach. I now work in Royal Perth ED

    Patrick
  13. Visit  miphillli profile page
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    Suzanna......nothing is worse for a unit than a bunch of people sitting at break complaining about work.....it does not unify a unit,it tears it apart! I have been there and I have seen this......think of good things to talk about....be uplifting...use some of this frustration by giving even better pt care...go out of your way to help co-workers,
    come on duty with a smile on your face....I work 12 hour shifts on a very busy Med-Surg-Ortho unit and I know about call ins,short staffing ect...that is when I keep my mouth shut and head down and give my pt's the best I can give at that time...the pt is not your enemy,your co-workers are not your enemy and the system is not your enemy,your attitude is your enemy.


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