In what other job is the public allowed to come into your workplace and act like complete assholes? They can act like 2 year olds with no consequences. They can call you names, threaten you verbally and sometimes physically and we are supposed to "understand". Bullshit. I am sick and tired of people treating us badly. I am not going to "therapeutically communicate" with someone who is calling me names. It is ridiculous.
Just because you are sick or your family is worried about you doesn't give you the right to bring your dysfunctional bullshit into the hospital. Nurses are idiots to allow it. We show how dysfunctional we are when we do allow it. I honestly think you have to be somewhat of a masochist to be a nurse.
All of this passive bullshit is drilled into nurses heads starting in nursing school where we are taught to "therapeutically communicate" and "understand" when people are under stress. We are not taught to assert ourselves to stand up for our dignity as human beings. We are taught to be doormats for the medical profession. Let people abuse us.. Work under horrendous working conditions, not taking breaks, throwing out our backs, developing stress related illnesses. Have no control over our job. Let the people who are in management make lots of money off our back. We take our frustration out on each other.
It is insanity this job of nursing. It gets more insane daily, but we go along with it, wanting so badly to please everybody by killing ourselves. It is truly pathetic.
This is the untalked about reality of nursing. It is the truth about nursing We pretend its not like this, lie to ourselves about it, When we stop pretending this reality of nursing doesn't exist, it will be the beginning of change. I'm not getting my hopes up.