Negativity drags everyone down, and it seems like there are plenty of people who don't need a lot of encouragement to feed off it when a busybody complainer comes in the bunch. Pretty soon, though, nothing is right, everything is wrong and it's like a toilet bowl with everyone swirling and going down the drain together.
I've worked with more negative people than easy to get along with people. I can tell you for true, though, people who are easy to get along with, who will work with other people rather than against them, who don't needle and complain when a dressing change may not get done on one shift and quietly do it and move on rather than expend energy making sure the whole unit knows about it, those kinds of people are priceless.
I say throw the book at negative gripes. There is no need to put up with it.
I'm unfortunate to be married to a griper, and his elderly father who lives in a trailer next door is 100 times worse. Criticize and complain, contradicts himself to accomodate having a reason to gripe. I can't even hide that I can't stand the old man, anymore, and I never go to his trailer unless it is an absolute necessity.
What was disheartening was the sitter we hired to stay with him was more than eager to feed off the negativity and we heard some pretty nasty things going on in there. A baby monitor nipped that in the bud, though, and she's been as sweet as can be ever since.
Sometimes, people just need a little attitude adjustment. Maybe being written up will "help" this nurse out with hers.