Different Types Of Coworkers - page 4
Let's 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... Read More
Oct 30, '12Quote from imintroubleSince this is a nursing forum, I purposely chose to discuss nurses. However, you are very correct when you say that these types of coworkers are found in jobs and professions other than nursing.At the risk of raining on this parade, I suggest you simply delete "nurse" and insert any other job, and it would apply.
People are people. They don't change their stripes simply by putting on their .
I fit very neatly into one of the described categories. I could have modeled for the description. I can assure you I was the same when I worked in the factory/restaurant/office.
I'm lucky my co-workers overlook my flaws, as I overlook theirs'.
Oct 30, '12Quote from CAnurse2012is that a princess or a snob? same difference i think.Don't forget "Princess", or the one who complains of staying an hr late or have not chart anything but sit around and talk or flirt with doctors (Grrr...can not stand those people because those who catch up because they bust their *** are the ones who get new admit.
Oct 30, '12The nurse who "flirts" makes the same money as you. It doesn't add up to a hill of beans.
If you deem yourselves "Chicken Little" or other monikers, have at it. It can be very funny for the rest of us.
Oct 30, '12LOL! Funny, as I read each description, certain names and faces popped up in my mind. Maybe I can print this out for our break-room board, with your permission of course.
By the way, I think I'm a cross between the 'true team player' and 'the elevator.' Hope that's not tooting my own horn...
Oct 30, '12I love this article! I can see the faces of nurses and other staff I've worked with in every one of the descriptions.......and yes, there's a little of me in them too.
Oct 30, '12Quote from hecallsmeDuchessFeel free to print out anything interesting that you see on these forums.LOL! Funny, as I read each description, certain names and faces popped up in my mind. Maybe I can print this out for our break-room board, with your permission of course.
I am the author of this piece, and yes, you have my permission to print it.
Oct 30, '12What about the Intimidated Nurse? The one who has been on the floor for 20 years and feels it necessary to cut down and remark hatefully about the younger nurses who run circles around her?
Oct 30, '12I am a 2nd career nurse, and I love nursing. No task is beneath me. I would have never expected or desired to get a job in management right out of, and neither did any of my fellow students, to my knowledge. This is a HUGE misconception. However, you did accurately portray the debt accrued from getting 2 degrees. My response re: debt: low blow.
Oct 30, '12Quote from multi10Yes, a few of us did, the charge even kept reminding this nurse to focus on the patient. This particular nurse splits their time between documenting and socializing. It actually isn't a laughing matter at all. It has been a problem for all of us because we end up having to watch out for this nurses patient's as well as our own. Management knows but hasn't taken any action.Sugarcoma did you you come to the aid of the patient losing his BP?
Oct 30, '12Quote from mclennanI'd like to add another archetype I see often:
The Perfect Robot
Usually 20s/30s, in perfect physical shape, hair & makeup perfect. Never late, never leaves early, never sick or calls off. Usually bikes or walks or runs to work. Never discusses personal life, never goes out for happy hour. Always packs a healthy lunch. Works out regularly. No tattoos, scars, or other imperfections. Scrubs always spotless and matching. The latest healthy nursing shoes. Always has badge and pockets stocked with everything. Always perfectly calm and never makes mistakes, gets in trouble, speaks up or stands out in any way. Never has a bad day, health or family problems. Usually does okay work, never more than needed and never less.
These creatures teach me that perfectionism and total, safe balance in life is both boring and mediocre!!
Yeah...but I bet they have longevity on the job...unlike myself, with my big mouth and all!
Oct 30, '12I don't think there is anything wrong with this article and labeling our co-workers. Lord knows it wouldn't be safe to say anything to their face! And I think only the naive labor under the assumption that others aren't labeling them as well. I think it falls into the category of being glad you can't read the minds of others to know what they think about you really. Everyone is annoying in some way, including each of us. This is just a way to poke fun at it and cope with the difficult personalities we can't change on the job. Let's face it, being able to put a finger on what someone else's annoying work personality is exactly goes along way in helping us just accept it for what it is. It would be nice if they would change but at least we aren't surprised if they don't. Maybe some of the emotions that go with dealing with these personalities lighten a bit when we know what we are dealing with. And, if they feel like improving, then change is always good and everyone can surprise you sometimes by being really decent, and that's a good thing.
The Inquisitor cracked me up because I had a 20 year veteran nurse rip my reports apart everytime I gave them and it felt just like that. I was calmer once I realized this was her MO and to just plan for it. Another nurse wanted the microwave report from me-also a veteran nurse. But the slow cooker-that one REALLY got to me because she could never finish her shift on top of it so the first hour or two of mine was always wasted by her lingering presence in the nurses station, in the MAR, in the charts etc....last time I worked, she even came into the room of the patient I was caring for an hour after her shift was over to do treatments while I was in there doing another procedure. I did think it was funny, though, that the patient didn't know her name, even though she takes care of her full time days LTC. Guess she doesn't spend TOO much time in there afterall if the patients isn't sure who she is. This patient greets me by my first name everytime I see her.
Oct 30, '12Archetypes 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?
Oct 30, '12Quote from MotherRNHmmm, haven't you ever told an on coming nurse "hey just shut up and listen to my report. When I am done you may ask any questions you may have".The Inquisitor cracked me up because I had a 20 year veteran nurse rip my reports apart everytime I gave them and it felt just like that. I was calmer once I realized this was her MO and to just plan for it.