An Age Old Legend Of Nursing

1829 WordsJun 20, 20168 Pages
There is an age old legend in nursing that this writer believes has not been dispelled. The loathsome phrase states “Nurses eat their young”, this correlation with nursing is both disappointing and bothersome, as a fundamental principle that underlies all nursing practice is respect for the inherent dignity, worth, unique attributes and human rights of all individuals (ANA, 2015, p. 1). Learning does not stop in the classroom; the quality of education nurses receive is undoubtedly influenced by their interactions with supervisors, nurses, peers, and other health care providers. These individuals can be a source of mentorship and encouragement and have a significant impact on a nurses’ career. However, sometimes these same individuals can also be a source of discomfort, stress, abuse, harassment, or discrimination (Fnais, Soobiah, Chen, Lillie, Perrier, Tashkhandi, Straus, Mamdani, Al-Omran, Tricco, 2014, p. 817). Harassment and discrimination contradict the ethical principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence which nurses are required to live by, and in doing so the work environment is desecrated. According to Lee, Bernstein, Lee, & Nokes (2014) nurses reported being bullied more than any other group of health care workers (p.257), hence it was not surprising that this writer’s literary review revealed that 30% - 50% of all new Registered Nurses elect to either change positions or leave nursing completely within the first three years of clinical practice (MacKusick &
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