Working in the hospital or any other health care facilities is not that simple and easy. Admit it or not, there are many senior nurses who abuse their powers and authorities towards their junior nurses, and that can really be frustrating for some. But before going further with this article, let’s find out first, what is the meaning of seniority? Seniority means being older of another person. For instance, the concept of this is like, if I work or stay long in this establishment before you, then I am your senior. Hence, I have more privileged and power than you. This is all about seniority and this is also present everywhere. This is the harsh reality of life, but you must deal with it.
In some instances, senior nurse wants to show her superiority over her junior nurse even though it’s not the right thing to do. Sometimes, you need to follow her command to make her feel that she is the “queen” in the nursing station. But of course, you don’t need to follow all these orders if you know it’s wrong. Also, this does not always apply to every junior nurse who will just sit down and do nothing. What is the point of studying for 4 years in nursing if you can’t make your own decisions or stand alone? What is the point of being a nurse if you do not have a voice in your workplace?
Well, here are 5 tips on how to defend yourself from your abusive senior nurse.
1. When your senior nurse tells you to check the vital signs of her patient because she is busy chatting with her friends.
First thing to do is to check the current vital signs of your patient. You must always think the safety and priority needs of your patient first. Maybe, this is also the reason why your senior nurse wants you to closely monitor the patient’s conditions because the patient is unstable. However, if all the vital signs are stable. Document the results in the patient’s chart and do not report or come back immediately to the nursing station. Let your senior nurse worry of you for a while, so that she will look the results for herself.
2. When your senior nurse goes for a lunch break, but it takes too long.
If your senior nurse asks for a lunch break, let her do the break. You can’t do something about it. But before she entrusts her responsibilities to you, better be sure that you are capable and know her important assignments, so you have no problems later on. And when it takes a long time for her to finish her break, don’t be a hero. Accept the fact that you can’t handle alone all the patients in the ward. Therefore, when your nursing supervisor comes around and looks for your senior nurse, tell your nursing supervisor that you are also looking and waiting for her to come back in the station. Sure, your senior nurse will do a lot of explainations when she returns.
3. Know all the nursing works in the station.
As a nurse, it is extremely important that you know your works, nursing job descriptions and hospital policies. Just in case your senior nurse fail you in the evaluation, you could challenge her and tell your nursing supervisor or nursing director that you do not deserve the outcome of the evaluation. In this way, your superiors will investigate and will somehow reevaluate you. If it turns out that you are a competent nurse, it is a big disgrace or a slap in the face of your senior nurse.
4. Always avoid unnecessary arguments with your senior nurse.
As you know that intense arguments can only lead to irrational behaviours or negative feelings between you and your senior nurse. Avoid that one if possible. It is better to stay humble and do only your work in the hospital. Do not gossips with your colleagues about your senior nurse and stay away from any troubles. Remember, you come here to work and not to have a fight.
5. Do not share all your personal experiences.
Sharing all your personal past and present experiences can be bad for you. Your senior nurse will only have some ideas about you which may lead to misconceptions. So, it is better to share your secrets only to those people who know you best. For example, Your parents, best friends and close relatives are the most trusted and reliable people that you can share your concerns or secrets.
These are only a few tips on how to protect yourself from your abusive senior nurse.Yet, if possible, avoid any troubles and treat her with love and respect. In return, she will do the same for you.
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