‘A man walked past a few kids with a bucket of sea crabs. One of the crabs was crawling to the top of the bucket, so the man told the boys to get a lid. “Mister, you don’t know anything about crabs,” the boys said. “As soon as that crab gets to the top, the others will pull him right back down. Never fails.”
The expression “nurses eat their young” comes from this story, and it isn’t all that far from the truth. It might sound like your unit — where you feel constantly pulled down by your peers’ cutting remarks, backstabbing, and eyebrow-raising’ (Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN.).
Smaller crabs gang together to pull bigger ones to pieces.
Mean spirited (couldn’t) care (less) assistants and nurses run to a manager to complain about a nurse who has asked them to work, work harder, work differently, care for their patients, etc. Those who feel powerless get a sense of importance by ganging together to bully others, so, like a pack of scavengers, they seek an often innocent and vulnerable nurse to feed off. If management dislike their victim, they report them to the NMC for a final carving up of their flesh.
Who this side of sanity would be a nurse?
In days I remember, which were no ‘rose garden’ of nursing, those falsely accusing others were sent packing.
We now tolerate backstabber’s in nursing, and ‘give-me-a-bonus-budget-watchers’, now called ‘management’, actively encourage them.
I do not infer that all care assistants are lazy and mean spirited, many are the exact opposite, or that all nurses are hard-working angels, far from it. I do infer that the mean spirited are on the rise, whether nurse or assistant.
Degree nursing, or not degree nursing, is not the only issue.
A real issue is abolishing scum-class ‘management’, their low-life informants, and the NMC.
For yourself and for your patients!
Get rid of the backstabber’s paradise of nursing!
Oppose the Stalinist show trials of the NMC!
Dearhearts, have you been a victim of backstabbing? Have you been sent to a Stalinist show trial, where you were assumed guilty before it started? Did the NMC take into account your mental torment and treat you with the same compassion and respect that nurses are expected to give to their patients?
lenin nightingale 2015