I'm as an RN at a private psych facility after a very short orientation period. I am feeling frustrated and deflated. Every time a mistake or oversight is made the nurse responsible is called in by the RN supervisor or Chief Nursing Officer, told (scolded) about the error, and of course has to go in to correct it. It seems to be an environment soley focused on money and pointing out the negatives, with no positive feedback. After 1 month I have been called 3 times and am beginning to question my ability to do the job or if this is the place for me...The staff seem bitter, frustrated and are always ready to report on each other. I am so scared at work of screwing up and the wrath that comes....
Am I being too rash?
Is this a normal administrative route?
What can I do?
Any feedback would be soo welcome..
Jun 20, '12
by phil1968, RN
Find another job, leave notice, then get out as fast as you can. You are in a toxic work environment and I promise you, things will not get better, but will likely get worse. I would be willing to bet they are under scrutiny from a regulatory agency.
Last edit by phil1968 on Jun 20, '12
Jun 21, '12
I am sorry you're going through this. Alas, in our mental health hospital, the administration runs things much the same way. I imagine many psych facilities(as well as others) operate this way. The supervising nurses get away with verbal abuse towards other RNs, LPNs, therapy techs.
Some time ago during night-shift-to-dayshift report, Night Shift Nurse A made a comment about a patient(in the shift report area). Other nurses, techs on the day shift apparently didn't like the comment so reported it. The night shift supervising nurse(Nurse XX) told the night shift nurses who were supervising Night Shift Nurse A: "you'd better nip this in the bud, and talk with Nurse A, or I will crawl so far up your ass you won't know what bit you!" Of course NO ONE would EVER report Nurse XX for her abusive language because she's in management...(and if someone DID report her, it would get back to her and she would retaliate in some way.)but this goes to show you how our "managers" manage through fear and threats. It's unprofessional, rude, uncalled for.
I hope you're able to find another job. It does sound like a toxic work environment. So many of us are stuck in such areas due to the economy or to our close proximity to retirement that we'd rather stay, and go home to vent, kick the dog, yell at our spouses, take anti-depressants, antianxiety meds than go through the trouble of trying to find another job. Life is hard enough; we should NOT have to put up with abusive "managers" but in this economy, there isn't much choice.
Last edit by Midwest4me on Jun 21, '12
: Reason: misspelling