Bullying in the nursing profession is not a new occurrence. Nurses encounter it in frightening numbers, regardless of whether they are new to the profession or to the position in which they work. It may happen to both young and experienced nurses.
Bullying Shows Up in a Variety of Ways
Bullying manifests itself in a variety of ways, some overt, others subtle. Nurses who have conducted a significant study on this issue have compiled a comprehensive list of actions that constitute bullying, which includes the following:
We can't expect to grow as a profession until we first address the issues that are plaguing us on the inside. I find it ridiculous and terrible that the saying "Nurses Eat Their Young" has become a well-known expression. Why do we continue to allow this to happen? Was there any more negative picture of nursing that could be created than that of fresh recruits being abandoned?
It's important to remember that the young nurse, with her unpolished skills, know-it-all attitude, and determination to prove himself/herself, may very well be the one who looks after you one day.
Isn't it interesting to know that they were accepted by their institutions, trained to achieve, and encouraged to be the greatest nurses they could possibly be? Not only that, but you also want to know that your legacy as a nurse will live on via their care. Isn't it already clear that they turn to you for guidance and support, and that a few simple words of encouragement may make all the difference in the world to them?
Keep in mind that you have been in their shoes at some point. You were a new nurse when you started, and you may very possibly be a new nurse in another environment at some time in your professional life. Consider how you would like to be greeted: formal or informal.
We have the ability to modify this, and it is quite simple to do so.
Nurses, be mindful of your surroundings. One day, your self-assurance and drive to provide excellent patient care may take hold of you and compel you to behave aggressively against others. I implore you to critically examine yourself and every scenario with which you come into touch.
We all have a responsibility to look out for one another. When faced with a life-or-death crisis, why is it that we can all manage to carry on as if nothing has happened, yet cannot be bothered to continue with our everyday routine? We owe our fellow nurses respect and decency, as well as the capacity to perform at the highest level possible.
As nurses, we have the opportunity to make a significant difference in so many people's lives. Let us begin with those who are in the trenches with us in the healthcare industry: our fellow nurses.