Oh my, this really hit home. I was a mental health nurse for 20+ years and had to leave for many reasons. Mostly I found the bureaucracy that favored the suits and ties over the patients and frontline workers to be abusive and sickeningly corrupt. Nurses are the punching bags and then my role as a clinical nurse specialist was to placate and give lip…
Thank you for sharing so openly. This really hit home for me because I was a clinical pharmacist myself and know what it’s like to be part of a bigger hospital system that doesn’t have the right priorities.
I left that life behind to try and better utilize my skills in the way I’d like and I’m glad you did too =)
Reminds me of my job in foodservice. You can only take so much before you start to crack, and people try to pass it off as a choice of lifestyle that should be embraced, but… is it REALLY, though? :/
I have worked in hospital Labs for 19 years and have experienced a lot of abuses as well. Most hospitals tell the Lab that they cannot evacuate due to fire alarms because we are responsible for maintaining blood supplies for all the patients. Or packing it up to take with us.
I love the Stockholm twist in the story.
“A person who develops Stockholm syndrome often experiences symptoms of posttraumatic stress: nightmares, insomnia, flashbacks, a tendency to startle easily, confusion, and difficulty trusting others.” https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/stockholm-syndrome
Susan-Well written,especially given your circumstances! It’s hard to write with such emotion and get your point across as succinctly as you did!
I am retired, however, worked in Mental Health field for 39 years, managed many clinicians over the years. I suspect we are only second to ER Nurses who have been abused. I call…
Ms. Weston, I feel your frustration. Being a doctor, I realize how important the profession of nursing is to good medical care. I didn’t come to this conclusion on my own, my mother explained this fact to me. When I was hospitalized as a young adolescent, my mother was always giving the nurses presents — usually food. She knew of nurses propensity…