December 2004, Volume 34 Number 12 , p 28 - 29
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(12) December 2004 p 28–29 Rush to judgment [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: CULTURE CLASH]
SALLADAY, SUSAN A. RN, PHD
After working 12 years at a leading hospital, I recently joined the competition across town. Although I love my new job, I see some things that we could do better. But when I tried to share my ideas with my manager and co-workers, no one wanted to listen. One nurse said, “We have our own style of doing things here.”
I believe that pushing for improvement is part of my ethical responsibility as a patient advocate. Should I back off or press on ?—B.C., CALIF.
Your intentions are good, but your approach may be flawed. Do you think your new co-workers see you as a patient advocate, or are they simply hearing you say, “You don't do things as well here as we did at the place across ...