The goody two-shoes hero act - page 2

by PeachPie

One of my biggest pet peeves is the goody two shoes hero act. It's so unprofessional, it really degrades the sense of a team, and vilifying others to make yourself look good is just plain immature. The other day, I was called... Read More


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    We do indeed do the "Good Guy-Bad Guy" schtick in psych, but we have an agreement of sorts first... or give the wink... whatever. It can be a very very useful technique.
    If it's done just to make the other guy look stupid, then it's extraordinarily rude.
    Right time, right patient, right scenario and right attitude...
    Otherwise, thumbs down.
    Virgo_RN, PeachPie, Altra, and 1 other like this.
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    I haven't experienced that situation but something similar. I have had an aide, or a housekeeper come in room while I am with a patient and say, "you got the best nurse in the hospital there". Now you would think I would be flattered but I would prefer they not do that. First of all, there are many fine nurses in the hospital and I would be hard pressed to say who was the "BEST".(matter of fact that is what I said when that happened) Also, if the patient really thinks about it they might come to wonder if the rest of the people taking care of them are not quite up to snuff. Really it is not false modesty, I knew who the best nurses in the hospital were and I was not on the list. On somedays I was a good nurse, on others I was adequate, but I was never the best anywhere, my goal perhaps but never achieved. Interestingly, I never had a professional do that to me. I don't know if the support personal was trying to curry favor or what but it was never a nurse or a doctor or a respiratory tech that would say that.
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    I'd be ok with someone doing that to me if it was CLEARLY in a joking manner. Also, I think I'd expect some sort of an explanation afterwards. Something along the lines of "hey, I'm really sorry I did that, but I was only trying to calm the patient down and it seemed to be working." But, I'm also very thick skinned. I'm guessing you're somewhat thick skinned too, because I know a few people who would've put him in his place right then and there! =) Sorry you had a bad experience with this guy. Maybe he'll get on staff at another hospital or something.
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    Quote from gmw1975
    I'd be ok with someone doing that to me if it was CLEARLY in a joking manner. Also, I think I'd expect some sort of an explanation afterwards. Something along the lines of "hey, I'm really sorry I did that, but I was only trying to calm the patient down and it seemed to be working." But, I'm also very thick skinned. I'm guessing you're somewhat thick skinned too, because I know a few people who would've put him in his place right then and there! =) Sorry you had a bad experience with this guy. Maybe he'll get on staff at another hospital or something.
    It wouldn't be quite so bad if the situation were reversed. That is to say, if the patient's nurse made that comment jokingly about another nurse providing assistance, but in this circumstance it undermined the nurse-pt relationship.


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