Mental Health Nurse becomes a herbivores and chews up her team mates
The nurse arrives on the unit with full gear ready to fire on the first co worker that gets in her way. She is armed wih fresh ink pens, a sharp eye, eye brows scowling, slobbering at the mouth to find the first error to start her attack. She is a herbivore.
Herbivores which means they do not eat meat, only plants, grass and cereal. They are ruminant animals which means they have more than one stomach. Cows have a four part stomach, each part used for a different process.They chew a cud 4 times before swallowing.
Why am I telling you about a herbivores?
Some nurse become them, they are the negative energy that walks in the unit and when they find a co-workers errors they take a bite, chew on it, roll it around in their mouth and swallow until they find a little more they can chew on and they puke it up and start over.
The common phrases you learn in nursing are "nurses eat their young" and "only the strong will survive".
Nurses eat their young. The expression is standard lore among nurses, and it means bullying, harassment, whatever you want to call it. It’s that harsh, sometimes abusive treatment of new nurses that is entrenched on some hospital floors and schools of nursing.
It’s the dirty little secret of nursing, and it needs to be publicly acknowledged, and just as publicly discussed, because it’s keeping us down.
Bur the truth is, nurses are hurting each other. Stories from the ‘front line’ cannot be ignored. These stories are the voices of nurses telling the world about their experiences. In addition, research shows that 60% of newly registered nurses leave their first position
within six months because of some form of abuse from a co-worker. The first step to healing our relationships is the most difficult: to recognize and openly discuss the problem.Only by understanding the origin and reasons for our behaviors can we even begin to create the healing environment that is so desperately needed in nursing- for ourselves, as well as our patients.
Candise once a new nurse at her job shares her story:
When I was new to the facility where I am currently working; I was assigned to a preceptor/ mentor that "had more seniority than anyone else in the hospital." (Sigh and eyeroll). But I was new so I simply smiled politely and nodded as she went on random rants about this and that. One day a physician wrote admission orders on a new patient, as I transcribed them independently, because she had more important things to take care of, I ran across an order I couldn't quite make out. So I pleasantly trot over to the unit where my preceptor is taking care of her important business (gossiping in the office with social workers) and ask her "do you think this says Invega 4 or 6 mg?" To which she replied, "How should I know?" (Deep breath and smile) "Well, I thought since you work with these physicians everyday I thought you might be more familiar with their handwritting." Her reply, (hands on hips), "Well, I guess you thought wrong. These doctors get paid way more money than me so I suggest you figure it yourself or call the doctor yourself!" My reply "Thank you very much; i'll see what i can do." (Thinking to self well i hope i can figure out what this signature at the bottom of the orders represents so that I can call the right doctor to clarify this order.) She retired about a month after i came out
She also runs her own company on the side and supports other nurses in how to bring passion into their role at work. Out of the box remedies for speaking to people and more.
* Please note: I am not here to CURE, DIANOSE, Treat or suggest replacements for what a doctor prescribes – I am sharing my nursing adventures with you.
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