I leave home an enthusiastic girl, energetic and ready to do what I love .It’s a night shift you know
I barely look at who am working with, because I ain’t that person.it’s time for report already.we start with our usual work prayer.
My night mate comes in minutes after the report has started.We continue with the report till our last patient.For seniority purposes my night mate is debriefed on the patients report missed.
Am not a talktive person so I prefer to do my work with minimal workmate gossip especially if am not used to you.
At 11pm a patient’s relative comes at the desk,he talks to my colleague about his patient.He seem not happy about how the patient is doing.My colleague exchanges with him and later snobs him and leaves for another patient’s room
I can tell the man is offended,He comes again asking my colleague if he could talk to his patient’s doctor,How they exchanged became less of my concerns.but I can tell,things are not good.
He leaves for his patient’s room comes again with a phone,throws it to me asking me to speak to the doctor.Am here wondering what the hell!
I asked him to let me call the doctor with the hospital phone,He starts shouting at me,calls me all the names he knows,tells me how small i am,
How lucky I am to be employed in the hospital.
How I don’t deserve it.
With all the noise in the hospital,a nurse in the casualty which is far from the ward call the hospital matron about weird noise.
With all the shouting,my colleague never comes back to the nursing station.
I talk to the doctor,he gives me orders about the patient as per relative request.and tells me he will review the patient next morning.
The matron comes,the man can’t stop shouting .the man says his side of the story and am not,the senior nurses tells the matron about me and the relative,when I had left for another patient.I can easily tell she fixed me where am not to be fixed
Am back at the station,the matron,abusive relative,doctor and senior Nurse are there.The matron tells me to apologize to the man………I never felt offended like that..😢
I expected her to know that,This man wanted to beat me,abused me emotionally but she never was for me.Clients are always right.Am told not to attend to the patient until discharge.
I felt offended again,how I had bonded to my patient she was one of my best old patients that I give my best.
To my surprise next morning,this man is well known by the hospital and every old employee of the hospital.He’s known as a man on heavy drugs.
Do you ever think of that nurse you bullying?
Do you think patients are always right?What’s the use of the CCTV in the hospital?
What culture are we cultivating in the future of nursing?
What would you tell my family if I was killed that night?
Patients will always disrespect nurses because they know,the hospital got their backsSharon et al
To the novice nurse
You are not alone,we were there and we concurred
Be brave and know what you deserve
Some see sunshine
While some see sunset
Let us know if you have ever been bullied at work.
What was your story ?