I am nearing the end of my nursing career, but continue to see nurses eat their young. Some dont target only younger, inexperienced nurses, but some of us old-timers, too. It is frustrating to be told of some infraction by someone whose own work habits and practices are not up to par.
I have learned to stand up for myself and mostly just wanted to vent here. Perhaps it will be reassuring to other young nurses to know we can survive injustices, and perhaps they will think about their own behaviors and interactions with peers and subordinates.
Dear Donna replies:
You make some important points. Nursing is a high-stress, often high-drama profession. Because some nurses do not tend to their own self-care or never learned to be assertive or manage conflict well, they sometimes lash out at those around them. Much of this can be avoided if we understand the underlying causes and take steps to minimize them.
I also want to caution everyone about making generalizations about the entire profession because I regularly witness and hear about nurses supporting each other and working as a cohesive team. Sometimes we see only what we choose to focus on, and of course some work environments are more professional than others.
Please read Foster Horizontal Respect (http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880512004) and Do Nurses Really Eat Their Young? (www.dcardillo.com/articles/eatyoung.html).