I know several nurses who get along really well with people at work, but they never do anything together outside of work. I also know nurses who are best friends in real life. Do you socialize with co-workers outside of the work setting?
Only a couple of times have gone out on a social occasion with coworkers. I really do t have the time and I find myself either considerably older or younger than the people I work with so there isn’t a lot in common. I also like leaving work at work and as much as I like the people I work with I think those relationships are kept there and I find others in my normal life.
As a nurse for many years, I have found it is better to keep work separate from your social life. Attend work functions when you can like Christmas parties, baby showers, ect. but don’t socialize on a regular basis.
Well this one is tough for me. I’ve been on both ends of it. When I first started where I’m working now I fell in with the ‘wrong crowd’ so to speak and it came back to bite me with regards to my superiors because I was associated with them and it reflected poorly on me even though I was professional at work. However I did gain one of my very best friends through my job. She works elsewhere now but we still see each other regularly, in fact I’m going to be the other person (besides her husband) in the room with her when she delivers her first baby and I was in her wedding as well. I think you also have to remember the hierarchy…. friends ‘under’ your supervision has always turned out bad for me, and it can blur lines and affect judgement if you let it. I never did but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I had to turn in an abuse allegation on a good friends husband and he tried to lie and take me down with him. He will never practice as a CNA again…. but it goes to show that friends usually can and will throw you under the bus to try to save themselves. But since I followed protocol I was safe. It made me very wary though and I’m now way more cautious. You live and learn though.
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