Eliminating Intimidating and Disruptive Behavior
Every single one of us creates the future of our profession from the actions and behaviors we demonstrate today. When under pressure, it's human nature to narrow our perception and focus on ourselves (“my patients” and “my tasks”). But these fast-paced, stressful times call for just the opposite. We need to eliminate intimidating and disruptive behaviors involving nursing staff and nursing students.
As nurses, we have a responsibility to mentor and lead those joining our ranks and to be the nurses others want to work with. I believe the following supportive behaviors can nurture and feed our young: Ask nursing students for feedback on what you can do to ensure they have a great experience. Approach students on your unit and ask them to honestly share their experiences, both positive and negative. Make sure students get their break, and offer to help frequently. Demonstrate caring.