Nurses everywhere complain of being short staffed, and management, for the most part, does their best to supplement staff accordingly. It is most cost efficient for the unit to hire a new graduate nurse, to be brought in at a lower wage, and not be set in their ways, yet, and can better comply with management's ways of doing things.
Still, when new people roll in the unit, some of the staff make it their priority to have them roll right back out. Failing to provide a welcoming environment for the new staff, being it experienced or not. Bullying in the nursing workplace is not at all uncommon, so much so that the ANA has addressed it frequently.
Recently, a picture of note left inside a new graduate nurse's lunch box saying "Why don't you do us all a favor + quit! You're obviously an idiot," has gone viral. This was left inside a lunch box of a new nurse with 2 months of experience. It is ridiculous that grown people, would still act this childish. We should work together to help a fellow nurse succeed, we all started in thus nurse's shoes; scared and lost. It's a learning process for all of us.
This nurse allegedly is emplloyeed with Lehigh Valley Health Networks. I reached out to Lehigh Valley Health Network questioning the alleged incident, the Public Information Officer, Brian Downs, offered a statement staying,
"At Lehigh Valley Health Network, we are dedicated to values of respect, teamwork, collaboration and compassion. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment where everyone is treated with fairness, dignity and respect. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form. We take any situation that violates these policies very seriously, and we investigate and address them in a timely and appropriate manner."
It is unfortunate that nurses have to endure this type of behavior from the people they are supposed to count on for help. The work environment we set on our units is vital for patient care. Nursing is a team effort, healthcare for that matter is a team effort. At times we ask questions, not because we are clueless or ignorant of a topic, but we need reinforcement from our team members that we are making the right call.
As a new nurse starting your career, that support from your preceptors, management, colleagues and auxiliary staff will shape your confidence moving on with your career and daily tasks. Management staff must question staff regularly regarding their perception of the team work and make sure the culture on their units are welcoming to new staff, experienced or not.
The Dude Nurse
Klaus Campos, BSN-RN