Quote from mammac5
Absolutely agree about not being "buddy, buddy" with these people. They are coworkers and support staff...for YOU. I like to limit conversations at work to things like what the kids did over the weekend, where are you planning to go for vacation, sports, television shows. Really, there's not much more that is healthy for me to know about coworkers. And I certainly don't want them knowing about my personal life!! It's cordial, it's warm, it's surface-y.
I came to the NP role in my 40's. SOOO glad it was not in my 20's and my 30's. I have BTDT getting too wrapped up with coworkers and the such. One 10 year plus workplace got to be SO insane with how we knew each others business. Friendships became hard alliances, to the point where it impeded true workplace growth and undervalued new management.
Now as an NP, I just want to get in to work and get out. I don't care about who is arguing with their kids, who is friends with whom. Just do my work and get out. I am nice. I am cordial. I will ask politely about weekend or vacation plans but beyond that I am thankful I have OTHER friends.
Also, I really can't imagine an office world where you have to justify everything you do to the MA or the nurse. They are there to do what needs to be done. I will order what needs to be done. I like to teach as much as the next person and sometimes I will point things out and we will talk, but in the heat of the moment if I want a strep test and the MA doesn't think the patient has strep I REALLY don't want to explain WHY I am doing it ! I don't feel like I should have to stop what am I doing and justify it with them!!