Protecting a Nursing Co-Worker from Unfair Treatment Narrative Essay by SBurtis

Protecting a Nursing Co-Worker from Unfair Treatment
This paper deals with a nurse co-worker being treated unfairly and addresses the nursing leadership skills utilized to resolve the issue.
# 153328 | 1,162 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on May 22, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper relates that William, a 40-something African-American nurse, who is one of the best nurses in the facility, is treated with a racist attitude by an older female patient who accuses him of being drunk on the job, a patently false claim. This author, a fellow nurse, describes her role that is to advocate for William in a democratic manner, and addresses the potential outcomes of inaction. The author lists the skills, dispositions and strategies she will utilize and discusses both the immediate and overall motivation she has for taking a stand. The author also describes the leadership style she will utilize and concludes that protecting co-workers from unfair treatment is as important as protecting patients and maintaining a positive environment.

Role as Moral Agent/Advocate
Potential Outcomes of Inaction
Immediate Motivation
Overall Motivation

From the Paper:

"In nursing, environment is a key factor, both for the success of the nurses and the medical facility as a whole, as well as for the well-being of each patient. Good nurses are often difficult to find, as not everyone has the appropriate attitude, skills, or ethics for the job. Therefore, nursing shortages are common. It is important to maintain morale to prevent burnout excessive turnover, and even a hostile environment. When morale is low, the staff and the patients suffer. When an excellent nurse is on staff, it is critical to recognize their abilities and to do everything possible to ensure that nurse will want to remain on staff. Unfortunately, even the best of nurses can encounter unfair treatment.
"William is a 40-something African-American nurse. He is, by far, one of the best nurses in the facility. He treats the patients with the utmost respect and compassion, and offers the same to visitors, co-workers, physicians, and others in the facility. Most of the patients adore him, and even ask when he is going to be working. He takes the time to talk to the patients, making them feel like more than just another chart. He shows genuine care, concern, and compassion. Despite his positive attitude and exemplar nursing skills, he has been the subject of ridicule by one patient in particular."

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