What can I do as I’m constantly being abused and bullied because I’m new? I was called a lunatic by a female doctor. I was functioning in the role of an RN circulator. I did my assigned duties in a timely and safe manner. Being the person I am, I didn’t respond. I spoke to my manager afterward, and I was told the doctor had been written up before for this kind of behavior. I am fairly new to this institution and am still on probation. My manager says I’m doing well.
It is unclear why you being a new employee gives other staff the right to treat you in this manner. Rather than calling you names and shouting at you, your orientation could be better handled with a more helpful and instructive tone.
What is of concern here is that your manager does not intervene to stop the bullying and name calling. This is even more troubling because the doctor has been written up for this type of behavior before. It might be helpful to request another confidential meeting with your manager and let him or her know the effects of this conduct on you and that you want it to stop. Moreover, others are treating you in the same manner and although others may not have been written up, they need to be instructed that this is not appropriate conduct.
Perhaps suggesting an in-service on civility in the workplace at your facility might help decrease some of this conduct. However, if you continue to be treated in this manner, you may need to share your experiences with the person to whom your nurse manager reports so someone higher up in the chain of command can intervene to eliminate this culture of disrespect, insensitivity and rudeness.