As I sit here sipping my morning cup o’ joe I have a few thoughts from articles that have come across my screen:
I’ve been lucky enough to only be minimal witness to this behavior, and it was fleeting. This article makes me wonder if my lack of exposure has anything to do with my gender? Would it be different if I was a female nurse? Hmm.
I also have an aggressive personality stemming from my years as a high school athlete, retail manager and time serving my country as a Marine. Am I the one doing the bullying maybe?
Ironic how the two articles discuss two subjects that can be inter-related?
The article mentions most cases come from ER nurses, but I’d argue that we ICU nurses get our fair share of abuse. Once again I will argue that I have dodged this bullet because of my gender and quite honestly my stature. Being a man with a strong physique has probably stopped many ‘A-lister’ patients (if you know whatta mean) from verbally or physically attempting to abuse simply because I was a man or that I ‘looked’ like I could hold my own. Sad, but true.
I wonder how things would be if I was a female, or if I was 5’11″ and only weighed 140lbs?
I have to admit, after reading the two articles briefly, I’m beginning to re-think my theory on being a male nurse. Hmm.