Nurses don’t gossip, right?May 15, 2013 • By Joshua Felts RN
In fact, we’re world champion gossipers.
And, not only do we gossip, we relish it, wallowing in extraneous conversations like pigs in mud.
We even gossip about gossip.
We want to know all the dirt, and the dirty the dirt, the better.
However, most of the gossip reverberating throughout the halls of hospitals is like a fire spreading throughout the hills of southern California: it’s dangerous.
Usually, gossip is nothing more than a volatile concoction mixed of conjecture, hearsay, and a dab of opinion, a potentially explosive compound which may, if we’re careful, detonate in our face.
Be careful what you say
As an adult, gossip reminds me of a game of telephone, the game we played as kids.
At the time, it was fun, I enjoyed watching and listening to the original message of A + B = C to, after a few people, A + D = B, and so forth.
Yes, it was an amusing pastime, but we should leave it for the proverbial playground.
Now, I could bore you with the evolutionary psychology regarding the specific social functions of gossip, but I’ll spare you.
Instead, I’ll just cut straight to the chase: it’s informative.
If you haven’t guessed, it’s instinctual, a social means of communicating underground information amongst members of a group, whether it be our colleagues at work or members of our family.
Albeit, we’re instinctual animals, we’re self-aware; we’re more than beasts, we can choose right from wrong.
Gossip is, in my opinion, both wrong and unprofessional, as it contributes to a caustic work environment and an ‘us vs. them’ mentality, pitting unit against unit, shift against shift, and nurse against nurse.
In the past, I’ve participated in gossip.
Yep, I can spin rumors and gossip like a spider spins a web.
Guilty as charged! However, I’m turning a new leaf, purposely distancing myself from gossip; I will not participate in gossip nor be a purveyor of it.
Instead of gossiping, I’m devoting my time towards perfecting my craft, advancing my career, and writing for you.
In closing, as the old adage goes, “if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem.”