5 Difficult Nurse Coworkers You’ll Encounter And How To Deal With Them

...includes cheat sheet on how to deal with them.


#3: The Bully

The Bully

What you should do: Establish boundaries.

Yelling and shouting should not be tolerated, particularly if you are in the presence of your patients. These actions limit the credibility and the authority of your hospital and those who work inside it.

If such incident happens, simply remove yourself from the situation. Assess the capability of your co-worker to engage in a constructive discussion first before confronting her. Approaching her when she’s still enraged can only lead to more problems.

#4: The Gossip

The Gossip

What you should do: Lessen complaints and gossips.

Constant complaining and gossiping will only make your working environment more negative. Instead of digging a deeper hole, try to be more proactive in finding a solution to the problem.

It’s not necessary that you exert effort on changing the person, but it could help if you can give her the opportunity to express herself, without people talking behind her back. Bullies are often victims of bullying, too. If you’re going to make her feel like she needs to defend herself to everyone in the area, the more likely she’ll snap and spread gossip about everything and everyone.


#5: The Backstabber

The Backstabber

What you should do: Exert more effort in knowing your co-worker.

Making your colleague feel isolated and neglected will only make matter worse. Instead of leaving him behind, you can invite him over to lunch with your other colleagues or to your next dinner party.

Creating a sense of belongingness can help lessen his need to backstab anyone. Once “the backstabber” feels that he’s an integral part of the team, the less time he’ll spend in destroying it.

“We usually set an annual date for team building activities. I believe these opportunities allow the nurses in my area to get to know each other well. Since we started this tradition, there were fewer reports of workplace misunderstandings,” a head nurse said.

How do you handle a difficult co-worker? Did some of these insights apply to your situation?



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