Why do you think so many healthcare workers are mean and arrogant? - page 2

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Not all of course, but many physicians, nurses, and other health care workers have mean and arrogant personalities. Why do you think this is? Is it that.... 1. You have to be very competitive to get into medical or... Read More


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    mikethern = I was one of the members who replied to your OP. If I wrote anything that might have annoyed or offended you, I apologize from the bottom of my heart.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Jan 3, '08
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    Maybe the OP had a rough day. Sometimes the whole world seems against us and we exaggerate things in our minds. Just a thought. I do find the title and the premise of this thread somewhat inflammatory and it's bound to create a reaction here.
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    I think I partly understand where mikethern is coming from because I also work in the OR. There are nice people there, don't get me wrong(I try my hardest each day to be one of them)but there are some that will try to get ahead by sabotoging/undercutting others. Some ORs are worse than others, of course. Things are changing little by little. The hazing that used to go on is not looked on as favorably anymore.

    Mike, I hope things are going ok for you!
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    Quote from mikethern
    Not all of course, but many physicians, nurses, and other health care workers have mean and arrogant personalities.

    Why do you think this is?

    Is it that....

    1. You have to be very competitive to get into medical or nursing school. Competitive people are often cut-throat.

    2. The stress of the job causes workers to be cranky and mean.

    3. Unhappy people act arrogant to feel better about their lives.

    4. Workers learn to be mean from other coworkers. It's a conformity thing.

    5. Most people in the world these days lack manners.

    Any opinions?
    I don't think the healthcare industry has the monopoly on mean & arrogant people. Drive on our roads, go to a store, surf the internet...there are mean & arrogant people all over the place. I'd be interested to read what prompted you to write this post.
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    Quote from socalpca
    I don't think the healthcare industry has the monopoly on mean & arrogant people. Drive on our roads, go to a store, surf the internet...there are mean & arrogant people all over the place. I'd be interested to read what prompted you to write this post.
    Eh, I've just been working in the operating room since 1996 and I'm tired of seeing nurses talking to aides like they are dog crap. I'm tired of the general negativity that some workers display everyday. Nursing is hard enough without having to deal with arrogant people.

    The way I look at it, I am paid $44 an hour to be a nurse and an tolerator of jerks.

    No, not all nurses are like this. Many nurses are sweethearts. It's the jerks that are sickening.

    And yes, all of society is like this. Manners are a dying art. It's all a rat race now. Get what you want in life even if it means stepping on other people.

    When people are rude to me, I yell back. Then they are nice to me. I have earned their respect. The problem is that they still take advantage of people who do not stick up for themselves. So even if they are nice to me, they are still a jerk.

    I saw a movie lately called "No Country for Old Men." It had a good line in it....... "When people stopping saying sir and ma'am, it's all down hill from there."
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    Quote from mikethern
    Eh, I've just been working in the operating room since 1996 and I'm tired of seeing nurses talking to aides like they are dog crap. I'm tired of the general negativity that some workers display everyday. Nursing is hard enough without having to deal with arrogant people.

    The way I look at it, I am paid $44 an hour to be a nurse and an tolerator of jerks.

    No, not all nurses are like this. Many nurses are sweethearts. It's the jerks that are sickening.

    And yes, all of society is like this. Manners are a dying art. It's all a rat race now. Get what you want in life even if it means stepping on other people.

    When people are rude to me, I yell back. Then they are nice to me. I have earned their respect. The problem is that they still take advantage of people who do not stick up for themselves. So even if they are nice to me, they are still a jerk.

    I saw a movie lately called "No Country for Old Men." It had a good line in it....... "When people stopping saying sir and ma'am, it's all over."
    There is a difference between being rude to a person and yelling at them. If you yelled at a co-worker on the job in the hospital, that may be grounds for disciplinary action levied against you. I'm not saying you deserve it, I'm just telling you like it is in this uber-PC world of 2008. Also, yelling at someone doesn't earn you respect.
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    I think its that the way it is,not only n health workers but arrogant and mean people can be seen in other profession, or i must say from all walks of life.
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    Quote from socalpca
    There is a difference between being rude to a person and yelling at them. If you yelled at a co-worker on the job in the hospital, that may be grounds for disciplinary action levied against you. I'm not saying you deserve it, I'm just telling you like it is in this uber-PC world of 2008. Also, yelling at someone doesn't earn you respect.
    I only yell at mean people. And in the operating room, it DOES earn respect. They are like kittens to me after that.

    I am nice to nice people and rude to rude people. I am never mean to nice people.
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    I think what you are discribing is a general reflection on society as a whole. But in healthcare, I divide folks into two groups - those who choose it as a job, and those to whom it is a career. Too many people in nursing because they see it as a secure job that pays extremely well for a 2-3 year education. Hopefully most of us see it as a calling, and are doing this because we love it. I get burned out on occasion, but I can't see myself doing anything else.
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    You sound like you are seriously stressed Mike. I've heard ORs are rough places, it sounds like it's rubbing off on you. Maybe you should reevaluate things, huh?


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