How to Respond to Nurse Bullying

How to Respond to Nurse Bullying

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There is widespread incidence of nurse bullying within the healthcare profession that still continues today. Some nurses may have encountered bullies before which made them question their own ability, skills and nursing credibility. Remember that the victims are not at fault for the abuse that they are subjected to. However we wanted to explore this and how to respond to nurse bullying.

 

How to Respond to Nurse Bullying

 

Do not feel bad about Yourself

“When people don’t like themselves very much, they have to make up for it. The classic bully was actually a victim first.” — Tom Hiddleston

Bullies are often insecure people and tend to victimise individuals who they feel threatened by. They inflict resentment on their targets to feel better about themselves. If you feel that you have been victimised by one of your colleagues, try not to let it get to you and do not take it personally.  Seek out other members of staff who can guide you and mentor you to become better in your profession if you do feel any insecurity in your role.

 

Educate Yourself

One of the best ways to combat bullying in the workplace is to be completely confident in your role and responsibilities. This will mean that you will be confident in your convictions and yourself should any colleague challenge you. Familiarise yourself with the policies and procedures of your company. You could even pursue further studies to continually enhance your nursing and healthcare knowledge. It is hard for bullies to question or confront you when they know you are well informed and confident.

 

Confront your Bully

Many people don’t like confrontation, bullies included. Sometimes individuals are not aware of the impact of their behaviour and do not perceive it as bullying.  Confronting your bully brings their behaviour to their attention. They are then aware of your feelings and that you deem their behaviour as unacceptable. You can also make it clear to them that if they do not stop, you will call the attention of higher authorities to address the matter. Sometimes this is all that is required to end nurse bullying.

 

Keep a Journal

Keep a journal and diary of your working day. Nurses will be familiar with this practice in the healthcare industry! This is especially important if you find you are becoming the victim of ongoing nurse bullying or abuse. This practice will help you document details of any incidents at work. You can then use this resource to make your charge manager or superior aware of the duration as well as the nature of bullying.

 

Inform your Manager and HR in Writing

If the nurse bullying persists,  you should approach up your HR and Nurse Manager to report what has been going on. You must also make the complaint official in writing and include as much detail as you can. They will support you and take appropriate action to deal with the issue further. It is their duty to ensure the workplace remains safe not only for you but the rest of the staff, and patients as well.

 

Avoid your Bully

Once you have filed a complaint against your bully, try to avoid him or her. You could request not to be assigned in the same team or shifts. If this is not possible, try to avoid them where possible. Continue to do your job to the best of your ability.

For more information and guidance regarding nurse bullying and the things you can do to stop it, visit the RCN and NHS websites.

 

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Choose the Best Nursing Shifts

Choose the Best Nursing Shifts

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Being able to do agency work and take on extra nursing shifts is great. Earning extra money to add to your savings or put towards your next holiday is always a bonus.

With the recent nursing shortages across the country, agency nurses are high in demand. However, as an agency nurse you aren’t always able to accept every nursing shift offered to you, and you shouldn’t. You need to choose the right nursing shifts for you dependent on specific criteria.

Here are some of the main points to consider when offered your nursing shifts:

Location

As an agency nurse there is a potential that you may be given a nursing shift outside of your area. Maybe decline nursing shifts in areas that you think are too far for you to travel, unless you are helping the agency or client out of a difficult situation. Firstly consider the cost of your travel, this needs to be worthwhile for you to accept the shift. You may also struggle to get to the shift on time if you have a long way to travel. You should provide your agency a list of areas or locations that you are happy to accept shifts in, so they are aware beforehand whether they should approach you with certain shifts or contracts.

Nursing Shifts Rate of Pay

Establish which rates of pay you are willing to accept in order to take on a nursing shift. You must be fairly paid for the work you do, although many end clients now stipulate the pay rates for nurses, leaving no room for negotiation. Make sure the nursing agency confirm the rates of pay, as rates vary according to the shift and area you are working in.

Rates are usually higher when your shift falls on a weekend, a night and a holiday. Moreover, the rate will also be higher if you are assigned to specialised units or in Central London for example.

Shift Schedule

Some nurses are more comfortable or only available to work a specific shift, such as day shifts within the week, or only nights. Let your agency know what your preferred shift or work availability is so they offer you shifts which fit in with your schedule. Likewise, update your agency if your schedule changes – maybe you are going on holiday, or if you have more availability and would like to pick up additional shifts.

Unit or Area

Just as with shifts, some nurses only want to work within a certain unit or area of nursing. Your agency will be aware of  your field of expertise, however if you only want to work as an agency nurse in a certain area or environment, like nursing homes, let the agency know your preference.

Length of Shift or Assignment

Some nurses are available only for single shifts at a time, however some nurses prefer assignments or contracts which cover longer periods of time. This allows these nurses an opportunity to organise their schedules as well as receive a steadier stream of income for a defined period of time. If you are available for longer term contracts or assignments, let your agency know so they are aware to offer you these contracts first.

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Nursing Time Management – Top Tips

Nursing Time Management – Top Tips

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Being a nurse is a rewarding job, however it often comes with a frantic schedule. More experienced nurses will have become better at managing their time more efficiently. For new nurses, nursing time management is a skill that needs to be worked at. Here are a few tips to help you manage your time more effectively:

Nursing Time Management

Always Arrive Early

It’s expected that you arrive on time for a shift, but it is even better to arrive 10 or 15 minutes earlier. This will allow ultimate nursing time management. Giving you the time to read through notes and organise yourself before your shift starts. Remember that there is also the handover process to allow time for which may not be scheduled in.

Make Notes and Prioritise Tasks

As with accident and emergency cases, “triage” your tasks. What is more urgent? What can be left till later on in the shift? Always make notes because what gets written down, gets done. Having written notes will also ensure that you don’t forget any tasks and it is easier to organise a written list. Plus it avoids that midnight panic mode when you remember a forgotten task!

Ditch Tasks That Are Not on Your List

Sure, a patient’s condition may change within your shift and you have to adjust and adapt accordingly. But if something is not on your list then it can probably be left. Avoid getting involved in debates with your colleagues, and don’t take on tasks from them until you have finished your own crucial tasks. Learn to say no or else you’ll be doing the job of other people and getting in trouble for not having completed your own.

Be Patient and Flexible

The healthcare environment is pretty dynamic. It is important that you are receptive to constant change and requirements. Nothing is set in stone, even when we have planned our day. Accepting that things can change at a drop of a hat and being prepared for change, will help you remain calm and level-headed.

Nursing Time Management – Take A Break

Nurses are born workaholics. Nevertheless, by not taking a break we run ourselves ragged and can eventually burn ourselves out. Taking your scheduled breaks are the ultimate nursing time management skill. They also support mental clarity and help you in being more productive and organised.

 

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