Nurses resign primarily because of issues with coworkers
According to recent statistics, the number one reason for nurses leaving their jobs is not what you would guess. It has nothing to do with rotating shifts, working weekends or holidays. It has nothing to do with work overloads, understaffing or being forced to float to unfamiliar hospital units. Nurses resign primarily because of issues with coworkers…either they don’t get along with their counterparts or personalities clash to the point of making work (and life) miserable. If the workplace is not a positive and enjoyable atmosphere in which to work, nurses will move on.
It seems to be grounds for turning in resignations. Remember that we often spend more hours in the day with coworkers than we do with our own families. Eight hours (or twelve as the case may be) is an inordinate amount of time to be unhappy.& To survive and thrive in nursing involves more than just making it through a shift. It incorporates feelings that we have made a difference in the lives of others. It means that we are able to go home feeling good about ourselves and the work we have done.
And if we happen to have a little fun along the way, all the better! There’s an old song that says “love makes the world go round”, but so does laughter and comradery. Nursing management would do well to take that advice to heart! Staff turnover is incredibly costly. Orienting new nurses is the least cost efficient way to spend resources. Retention of staff is the key.
As nurses, we must also take some responsibility to assure our workplace is a pleasant and nurturing environment in which to work. Uplifting one another, supporting one another, and arriving to work with a positive attitude is imperative. Granted, we like to think of ourselves as the epitome of health care professionals, yet our personal lives are sometimes complicated and hectic. Is it possible that we often take things too seriously and forget to laugh?
As dyed in the wool caretakers of humanity, it often feels as though we are in charge of the health and well being of not only ourselves and our families, but of the entire world and its inhabitants. No wonder we feel bogged down at times! Nurses deserve to have a friendly and happy atmosphere at work. If we find that isn’t the case, perhaps we need to be the one to address the issue at the next staff meeting.
A few well thought out suggestions to turn things around may be all that’s needed. Coworkers will thank you for your bravery and willingness to “step up to the plate” as long as it is done in a positive way.
Work will always be work, but there is absolutely no reason it can’t be fun once in awhile. And unless those statistics are lying, we better have fun! Or else!
Janet Izzo RN, author, and inspirational speaker, Janet speaks specifically to nurses and nursing students across the nation. She resides in Ham Lake, Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association. Her topic “Nurses Can Make the Difference” shares her passion for the nursing profession
In her newly released book, “Hotel Hennepin,” Janet chronicles her experiences working as a staff and charge nurse in a large county hospital on the obstetrics unit. The stories are poignant, sad, and hysterically funny but are absolutely true! Every story makes a point or teaches a lesson. Her goal is to educate, inspire and entertain nurses to be the best they can possibly be!