Different Types Of Coworkers - page 7

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

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Letís face it: our colleagues are rather interesting people. Some of these individuals are awesome and, as a result, our workdays flow smoothly whenever we work with them. Other people are, well, not so awesome. I have assembled... Read More


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    Quote from lindseylpn
    The "unsure" nurse. Usually a new grad or someone who hasn't been a bedside nurse in a while, always asks if they are doing things right and they usually are. Asks a million questions that they already know the answers too, they are always second guessing themselves.
    That was me. Thank goodness, not so much anymore, but I still have my moments.
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    Quote from lavender59
    The "Big Mouse" is one who eats your food without asking or when your lunch or dinner is missing in the fridge.
    I thought it was odd I started eating food with names. Just the other day I ate a sandwich named Andy.
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    That was entertaining... but I see so much negativity towards second-career MSNs in general that I feel the need to offer a different view in defense of wonderful new nurses I graduated with.

    After a long career in (corporate business, design, entertainment, academia, dance...) she took the drastic step of becoming a nurse because she yearned for a more meaningful work. She is passionate about patient care and advocacy, loves to sit on committees and do projects for the unit. She identifies systemic flaws and pushes for a positive change -- better not hire her if you like stagnant status quo! She can put together some darn good powerpoint presentation in a snap. Educational materials? Visuals for a staff meeting? She's got it. She can be a headless chicken while trying to learn the ropes of being a nurse, but if you start get to know her, she's got some interesting stories to tell from her "previous life."
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    I'm a second-career nurse, and I didn't take offense to the OP's description of second-career people. Why? Because I didn't fit the FULL description.

    Yes, it would be mightily annoying to have a new second-degree nurse coming onto a floor and expecting to be in management. How would this same person have felt if a newly-graduated MBA with no corporate experience walked into her corner office and demanded to be a manager because she didn't get the MBA "to carry out other people's ideas."
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    I don't take offense either. It's a humor piece.

    I simply wanted to neutralize a bit because you rarely see anything positive about those MSN grads around here. There are good nurses and bad nurses from all walks of life. Direct-entry MSNs get unusually skewed bad rap because of some bad apples. Such programs make it clear that graduates are expected to build bedside experience for the first few years at the least. Someone who thought she was going directly into management just because she holds some degree, either the program misled their students or she is deluded, and HR made a mistake of hiring an egoistical moron. That's not the typical attitude. Don't let a few bad examples taint your opinion for the general.
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    To tnmarie:

    You misunderstand me. I laugh at all of it. I'm Irish-american (I just labeled myself) and we tend to laugh even when we're hurt. (Is this becoming cringe-worthy? Forgive me.) Labels, assigned by other people, especially people you have to see every day at work, can be hurtful.

    It's a different matter if you label yourself.

    I've been called a "flirt" at work. If a nurse talks to a doctor, for maybe a little too long in others' eyes, she's a "flirt." Eventually I developed a slightly thicker skin while growing in confidence and competence along the way.

    You get to a point where you shed the label. Shrug it off like an ugly itchy scarf.
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    so very true.....about the overtimer....
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    Quote from multi10
    Archetypes can be fun to recognize, as a group. When it's made personal at the workplace, not so much.

    Would you like to know that your colleagues call you "The Intimidated Nurse", or any other label?

    Name-calling, when it's personal, is never okay unless you are praising your colleague.

    We change and evolve each day. What name will you be tomorrow?
    I should clarify that I save my labels for personal use (to share with family and friends without revealing real names). I don't gossip with co-workers or share the labels at the work. That is hurtful, unprofessional and too risky.
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    Quote from MotherRN
    I should clarify that I save my labels for personal use (to share with family and friends without revealing real names). I don't gossip with co-workers or share the labels at the work. That is hurtful, unprofessional and too risky.
    Very true! We all know where we fall and are usually painfully aware of our weaknesses. There is no need to be hurtful or rude about it and definitely no need to bring it up at work. That would be incredibly unprofessional (and kind of mean!). Of course if you are "the bully", then that is exactly the kind of stuff you would do .
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    Truly, don't we all, lol


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