Why so many tattletale nurses? - page 5

Maybe the real question is why is there so much back stabbing, snitching and exaggerating in the nursing field. Ive heard that nurses eat their young but it never seems to end. Im generalizing of... Read More

  1. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from NoviceRN10
    I wish people would tattle on each other where I work. Would be less staff sleeping on the job and pt complaints if that were the case.
    I think the problem is that we don't know what's "tattling" and what's reportable. And managers who don't know, either. I've had coworkers who could hardly wait to run to the manager with all manner of stupid stuff. And very poor managers who bought in to the nonsense and encouraged this behaviour.

    The flip side is nurses being unwilling to report serious offenses like theft, drug impairment, unsafe practice. Or managers blowing it off if it was reported. I even worked in a place where the same manager did both.

    There are tattlers and back-stabbers everywhere. And inept managers.
  2. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from MN-Nurse
    I dunno.

    By the way, what is that little yellow triangle down there in the lower left corner of all these posts for anyway?

    Trust me, you don't want it to not be there.
  3. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Woodenpug
    The strategy is actually encouraged in nursing. It is uniquely powerful in nursing and I believe not a gender issue. Becoming influential: a guide for nurses by Eleanor J. Sullivan actually recommends that managers have "informants." The book suggests that new nurses provide this service to become more influential with the manager. My current manager encourages this behavior by deciding that the most accurate description of events is the first one to "tattle." A manager could stop this by having people begin by first talking with the offender. Then if that does not work, both talk to the charge nurse and so on up to the manager. The manager's first question should be "what did that person, the charge nurse and the assistant manager do and why was it not effective?"

    In a nutshell, snitching is a leadership problem.
    I bet Eleanor J. Sullivan didn't get invited to many birthday parties.
  4. by   betterinthesun
    I think a lot of it is just the pressure put on nurses in acute care settings these days. As soon as you hear about a negative event everyone immediately wonders (either out loud or to themselves) whose fault it is instead of wondering in general how/why the event occurred. I constantly hear co-workers talking about making sure they are "covered" an having to look out for themselves. I remember this one nurse coming on shift at 2300 was making a big deal about documenting and telling everyone she could that the PM shift nurse gave lovenox to a patient at 2200 but the patient was scheduled to have abdominal surgery early the next morning. She was just so adamant to point out that it wasn't her that did it but the previous nurse that did it. She wasn't actively trying to get the other nurse in trouble she was just so concerned that if she didn't do this someone might put the blame on her.