This Isn’t High School

The things you overhear when you’re in charge: some Emergency Nurses, dissecting a colleague.

Nurse 1: That new nurse . . .

Nurse 2: The one that’s always late?

Nurse 3: Yeah, always!

Nurse 2: Not fair to her colleagues! I mean, we want to go home!

Nurse 4: So disrecpectful! And she dresses. . . inappropropriately!

Nurse 1: I heard she’s pretty good. . .

Nurse 2: If she’s always late, she’s a bad nurse.

Nurse 3: Someone needs to talk to the manager!

Nurse 5: Did any of you think to actually talk to her and finding out why she’s late before running off at the mouth and talking about her behind her back? Maybe she has home issues, child care issues, or something else you don’t even know about!

[. . .silence. . .]

Nurse 2: (indignant) That’s not our job!

Nurse 5: Sorry girls, that is our job.

I have to tell you, my sympathies are with Nurse 5. The older I get, the less patience I have with high-schoolish, adolescent, passive-aggressive behaviour from women in their 30s and 40s. Women, I might add, who really ought to know better.


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  1. #1 by JennJilks on Tuesday 09 March 2010 - 0902

    You are right, of course. This is a female thing that crosses all professions. Adult bullying in the workplace is another issue. My principal bullied into PTSD and LTD. I was never the same. The powers-that-be didn’t help me with her, but they did slap her behind the scene, as she changed at one point.

    I think this is worse, the power that those in authority hold over we underlings, but it begins with colleagues and peers.

  2. #2 by saskboy on Tuesday 09 March 2010 - 1115

    Well said.

  3. #3 by Art Doctor on Wednesday 10 March 2010 - 1147

    Oh Yeah! That’s right- can’t stand it- hopefully my Gen-Y group will be more assertive.

  4. #4 by Art Doctor on Thursday 11 March 2010 - 1038

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