Circulators how do you handle difficult OR technicians - page 2

I'm in a great place in my career right now and I love my job. I only dread working when I know I'll have to work with a certain ST. She is very lazy, nasty, and passive aggressive. She's in... Read More

  1. Visit  springchick1 profile page
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    Quote from DoingGodsWork
    What I said to her, but not in these frank words was that the difference between scrub techs and nurses is that this is all you can do, I can go into any specialty I choose. :
    Maybe the techs were making you run for things because of an attitude like this. Saying this, even if you weren't that frank, gives the impression that you think you are better than the scrub tech. Like I said before, maybe you were put with an experienced scrub for a reason.
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  2. Visit  icuRNmaggie profile page
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    Even though I am not in the OR very often, I would suggest talking to her alone first and politely say " you seem to be in a bad mood. Is there a problem?"

    If she slams her books down say "are you angry about something?"

    I would try to keep it light and say "I just want to give you heads up. I am bringing back the next case in about XX minutes. "

    As to dropping the Bovie and suction on the floor check with your manager or charge for clarification then if it happens again you can restate what you were told and by whom.

    You have to learn how to have the crucial conversations with your colleagues. I get a sense that you might need to work on having a confident and professional demeanor. She is your colleague and not your friend. Just keep your focus on the work at hand.

    People tend to mirror the behavior of their coworkers. Be super polite and super professional and maybe she will shape up when she realizes you aren't phased by her behavior.
    Last edit by icuRNmaggie on Jun 10, '14
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  3. Visit  ArmyTwinRN profile page
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    Quote from springchick1
    Maybe the techs were making you run for things because of an attitude like this. Saying this, even if you weren't that frank, gives the impression that you think you are better than the scrub tech. Like I said before, maybe you were put with an experienced scrub for a reason.
    I just want to point out that myself the OP didn't make this statement.
  4. Visit  ArmyTwinRN profile page
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    Update: I continued being myself around this technician. I'm a great OR nurse who's great at my job. I'm usually tugged in many services because the surgeons enjoy working with me. I'm always prepared, upbeat, smiling, and I love having great time on the job.

    The technician has done a complete 180! We are very friendly now.

    I honestly think the turning point was giving her some of the attitude back (professionally). I decided when she was being nasty that I would dish it back.

    I think she continued with the behavior for as long as she did because I didn't respond to her nastiness. With her personality and deep seeded issues (which I still haven't figured out) I HAD to respond unfortunately...but it all worked out.
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  5. Visit  springchick1 profile page
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    Quote from ArmyTwinRN
    I just want to point out that myself the OP didn't make this statement.
    Don't worry. I knew it wasn't you.
  6. Visit  ArmyTwinRN profile page
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    Quote from springchick1
    Don't worry. I knew it wasn't you.
    Ok, great! ;-)
  7. Visit  ceman profile page
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    Hi
    from reading your word i understand that she is your senior ,
    well me my self i've worked with such bad behavior people , my advice to you dont complain to the nurse manager youu only making the situation worse , be patient , try to understand their personalities , for the beginning follow her orders & then by the time when you understand & get familiar with basic routine , take a few steps ahead of her for example :
    chick your assignment , go to your assigned OR room chick & set up your room .
    believe me you'll get every one respect & support by the time .
    good luck .
    Last edit by dianah on Jul 16, '14 : Reason: Terms of Service


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