A close friend and colleague of mine, a charge nurse, was hauled before the manager because of supposed job performance-related issues, based on the complaints of another nurse.
It’s ugly. I think most experienced nurses will know the scene: someone with an axe to grind decides to target a colleague, makes some unsupported allegations to the manager, who then feels she has to act. The accused gets called in, the manager says something like “some people have raised some concerns” and and suddenly the victim is forced to defend himself/herself against “some people” and “some concerns”.
Documentation is always non-existent, or so it seems.
How do you defend yourself against such slippery concepts as “some people” and “some concerns” without ever knowing such bothersome details as times and places and people?
Publicly, my friend was able to brush it all off as the embittered moanings of some slightly deranged nurse. Privately, she was devastated by the character assassination and by the betrayal of trust. She’s left wondering in whom, in fact, she can rely.
It’s grotesque, as I said. And so very typical of the nursing profession: all passive aggressive, and gossipy and nasty. Nurses need to grow up: sister, it ain’t high school. Act like the professionals you are.
Since I’m this week about to take on the charge position, I’m again left wondering, is it worth the grief? And what can I do to protect myself against the malicious and backbiting among us?