Why do you think so many healthcare workers are mean and arrogant? - page 3

by mikethern 11,988 Views | 106 Comments

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-From my experience in the OR the truly nice ppl usually are taken advantage of and treated like dirt.

    I agree in the OR if someone yells at you or treats you like dirt then deal with it there and then (you may not have another opportunity]. I have found that by yelling back at someone that person will not try it on you again.

    I get very angry about the way ppl at my work treat each other. I get sick and tired of being shouted at and feeling demoralised because one little instrument is not there or something isn't working right now. I too shout right back now because talking calmly to some ppl really doesn't work.
    Last edit by Scrubby on Jan 3, '08
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    Quote from jlsRN
    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?
    Nah, not stressed, just disgusted.
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    Quote from mikethern
    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.
    I don't know what it's like to work in the OR, but I would not take it well or calmly if someone were to yell at me in front of all. I'm not trying to attack you or the way you do your job, I'm just telling you how I am.
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    Quote from socalpca
    I don't know what it's like to work in the OR, but I would not take it well or calmly if someone were to yell at me in front of all. I'm not trying to attack you or the way you do your job, I'm just telling you how I am.
    I respect your view, but you would be amazed to see what operating rooms are really like. It's a whole other world. I've seen surgeons yell the "F" word in every sentence. And it was considered common behavior.
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    Mike, you sound like a bundle of nerves. I read the responses here, and they weren't snippy. Yet, you labeled them as such. Maybe your workplace is wearing you out and making you hypersensitive.

    You started a thread making it sound like healthcare workers (the reading audience here) are extraordinarily mean and arrogent. That's not actually a general fact in most healthcare settings.

    OR is it's own world, you must realize that!
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    Quote from jlsRN
    Mike, you sound like a bundle of nerves. I read the responses here, and they weren't snippy. Yet, you labeled them as such. Maybe your workplace is wearing you out and making you hypersensitive.

    You started a thread making it sound like healthcare workers (the reading audience here) are extraordinarily mean and arrogent. That's not actually a general fact in most healthcare settings.

    OR is it's own world, you must realize that!
    Well, it's true that O.R. nursing is the only type of nursing I have ever done. I just assumed all nursing was like this. I guess I am wrong.
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    Do you remember your jobs prior to nursing? I remember working as a bagger and stocker in a supermarket as a high school student. You want to talk about mean? We were yelled at and treated just as bad if not worse than any treatment I have seen from any physician.

    Look, I hate to say it; however, human beings are not nice. Humans are actually quite mean and horrible by nature. Many people actually have to work at being nice. I find it actually goes against our nature to be nice.

    Look at all of the war, poverty, hate crimes, and even road rage. All of it caused by the human condition. Living in a great word where everybody treats everyone nice regardless of race, religion, sex, socioeconomic status, and heritage is actually a pretty simple concept IMHO. You simply put aside petty differences and play nice in the sandbox.

    But no, humans cannot even practice a simple concept such as this. Yeah, world peace is a pretty simple concept IMHO. Heck, even the good old USA with all of it's western sophistication cannot get this one right.
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    Quote from jlsRN
    Mike, you sound like a bundle of nerves. I read the responses here, and they weren't snippy. Yet, you labeled them as such. Maybe your workplace is wearing you out and making you hypersensitive.

    You started a thread making it sound like healthcare workers (the reading audience here) are extraordinarily mean and arrogent. That's not actually a general fact in most healthcare settings.

    OR is it's own world, you must realize that!
    I don't think Mike is over-stressed or burned out based on what he's posted. I think the only generalization he made was comparing how his OR works to the rest of the healthcare field. My unit certainly is not like that. Any healthcare professional-- from CNA to MD-- would be severely disciplined for yelling the F-word to any other staff member.
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    Quote from GilaRN
    Do you remember your jobs prior to nursing? I remember working as a bagger and stocker in a supermarket as a high school student. You want to talk about mean? We were yelled at and treated just as bad if not worse than any treatment I have seen from any physician.
    Ironically, before nursing school, I was in the Army for 4 years. After basic training, soldiers are generally very nice to each other. I actually enjoyed it. It's a cool job except for being away from home a lot and possibly getting shot at.
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    I don't agree that humans are basically mean and horrible by nature. That is simply not true!

    (I have heard that surgeons are )


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