I'm just curious, but for other students or even RN's, LPN's, are the women you work with extremely passive aggressive and just waiting for any opportunity to make you look bad or even get you in trouble? These women absolutely do not need to be your good friends, just friendly coworkers or fellow classmates who you have seemingly gotten along with and have had nice, courteous interactions with. Nothing crazy. Yet, you come to find out all of the lovely things they have said or done to ruin your reputation or get you in trouble for something that was never done or said by you? As I continue my RN program, both with classmates and RN's in clinicals, I've just had the worst time. Not all mind you! Of course not all, but there have just been quite a few instances. Honestly, I'm very much hoping that this isn't how the work environment is, but it's seeming more and more this way? I have always wanted to be in this career, and I don't think of myself as a sensitive person. However, it's disheartening when you mean well and work hard, but you are treated like ****. Meanwhile, the people who lie, gossip, twist things, lazy, etc. NEVER get any kind of reprimand. Idk. It's beyond frustrating.
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Even though you will probably hear otherwise from some people, I don't think nurses as a whole are any meaner, more gossipy, sneaky, or would find joy in watching you fail for no reason at all.
Neither are they completely selfless, martyrs, angels of mercy or flawless people.
It may be completely unrelated to age, gender or experience level.
It's much less complicated if you focus on how to deal with the specific personality and real-life situation you encounter on a case by case basis. It's always a good idea to ask yourself if your own perceptions might be amplifying your reaction. This I know because I was the hyper-sensitive type and discovered in many cases I was misinterpreting the severity of someone's voice or body language.
In the course of your career, you may run across people who behave in such a destructive fashion you have to take action. There have been a few of those for me, but I got my ducks in a row before I took action. Always better than having a public meltdown.
But each dilemma will have a unique response. The gossip, the person who tries to sabotage your clinical work, the test cheater, etc
So proceed with caution but I don't think you need to abandon your career goals based on that fear. Best wishes!
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