One thing that will make you Win







Many of you chose a nursing career because you wanted to care for the sick.

Caring for someone else brings a lot of personal satisfaction and joy.

I’m sure you were surprised, like I was, when you realized that you have to work with some overly competitive coworkers.

Some of them use very unethical means to look better than you and are not ready to work with you as a team.

Many employers would argue that competition is good for the company because it brings motivation and adds productivity.

The flip side to this argument is that it robs the workers of joy, and unhappy workers are not necessarily productive.


Why nurses Compete

  • There may be a position opening for promotion, and this could make a coworker start to compete with others so that they appear to be the best candidate for the position.
  • Jealousy among nurses can cause competition.

If you are always praised for your good work and the patients love you, this can be a source of jealousy.

  • People with self-esteem issues like to prove that they are the only ones who work the hardest and others do a bad job.

They are always trying to prove something, so that they look better than everyone else.

  • Competition can come from a scarcity mindset.

People who feel that there is not enough to go around are always competing to get all that they can for themselves.

They tend to hoard information from others so that they alone have it.


What you should do

You want to encourage collaboration in nursing.

Teamwork and cooperation will make you succeed as a nurse.

Think about a patient who is discharged and writes a thank you letter to your department.

They thank all of you for the good care you gave to him or her.

This is an example of working well as a team where everyone wins.


Encourage your coworkers to have the best unit so that it is a healthy place for everyone to work in.

Competitive nurses bring unnecessary stress to the department.

They have a negative fighting spirit and tend to spoil any peaceful atmosphere.

They tend to ruin the team spirit at work because they need to prove how they are doing things better.

The opposite of being competitive is caring, loving and bringing peace.

If you want to succeed as a nurse, be a team builder and show that you care about your colleagues.

This is one thing that will make you win.

Other nurses will see your leadership qualities and you most likely will get any promotion that may come.

Always apply the “golden rule” when it comes to competition;

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”


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This article was written for Scrubs Magazine – Blog carnival for nurses.


  1. vesty says:

    Its like you read my thoughts! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the e book in it or something.
    This is magnificent blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

    • Joyce says:

      Thanks for the kind words.
      You are welcome back:)

  2. Thank you for sharing this post, Joyce. I was so pleased to have it part of the collaboration blog carnival. I loved your ideas around competition and why nurses struggle with this. Thank you for shedding light on this. As I shared on my blog, I believe that your reminder of the golden rule is the most effective piece to collaboration. We get what we give and when we remember that we can collectively lift each other up for success. Great article, Elizabeth

  3. Great message! Love your graphic….Pinning to Pinterest. You are right, everyone would have a better workday if we would remember the golden rule!

    • Joyce says:

      Thanks Erica.
      The golden rule is definitely applicable to us as nurses.
      Thanks for visiting.

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  5. Thank you for this insightful article! Building relationships and improving teamwork is really key to getting past the scarcity mentality and realizing our own self worth.

    • Joyce says:

      Joyce you’re right.
      Realizing our own self worth is so important.
      We truly win by teamwork.