How do you stay cheerful and bubbly during work? - page 4

I have found that while I have certain halls in particular while working, some of the residents really get to me. they start yelling (you have probably seen my other posts on this subject) but... Read More

  1. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    I dunno. The title of this thread made me picture some weird, robotically cheerful Stepford Nurse, regurgitating those awful customer service "scripts" that hospital admin keeps coming up with for the nursing staff. Ew.

    I would agree with those who say that pleasant and professional is a much more realistic goal to strive for. Anything over and above that is gravy.

    Reading this thread, though, I had to laugh, because it reminds me of one day when I had a patient who was requiring enormous quantities of IV push narcotics (this predated implementation of the Pyxis system), therefore most of the narc sign-out sheet for that shift consisted of my signature. I was running back and forth between my 2 patients, cracking jokes, being my usual self, and joked that someone was going to look at the narc sheet & think all the drugs were for ME. One of my male colleagues deadpanned, "We might, except that clearly you're NOT sedated." :chuckle
    I'm glad someone said this...I also get a negative mental image when I think of "cheerful and bubbly", and airhead is one of the first words that pop into my mind.

    It really bugs me when some "Gidget" starts chirping at me to "smile/cheer up/why are you so quiet." I don't walk around scowling, but there are days when I am more quiet, and there are even days when I can be crappy.

    I don't try to impose my moods on other people, however, and I ask the same. If you want to work with staff that are all "cheerful and bubbly" thern you'll need to have a Prozac salt-lick intalled on your unit.

    Try to accpt other people's personalities for what they takes all kinds of people to make up this world. And when I am down, I would much rather talk to someone that I know can empathize, over someone who is perky.
  2. by   fab4fan
    Mandi: Interesting signature line for someone self-described as "cheerful and bubbly."
  3. by   LasVegasRN
    Lots of alcohol. Preferably tequila.

    Kidding! I'm kidding!
  4. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Mandi: Interesting signature line for someone self-described as "cheerful and bubbly."
    I noticed that too. Gotta wonder...
  5. by   adrienurse
    I have my at work persona. I guess I'm a good actress.

    I bring my happy and social self to work and leave my grumpy and crusty self at home. At work I am friendly, positive and focused at the task at hand. My patients love this person. It's draining, but this is how I make it work.
  6. by   tattooednursie
    UPDATE: I don't think I have to worry about being cheerful and bubbly anymore at worked. Everyone saw me get angry at work today . . . and now I no longer have to make them think that I am some one that is happy all the time. I got in a cat fight, then I started to have an anxiety attack! I was only nice to the ones who made an effort to help me when I was having a rotten day . . . And I felt like a otten person, then I spent the rest of my shift crying . . . so I no longer have to be known as miss cheerful, because I know I'm really not.
  7. by   CMERN
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    I would never call myself "bubbly", but after a number of years in this business I have developed a rather warped sense of humor, which has gotten me through a lot of tough days. Maybe it's not nice to laugh like a hyena when your patient knocks over a full urinal and yells "OH, SH**!!" at 3 AM, waking up not only his roommate but half the floor.......but what else are you gonna do?!
  9. by   RN always
    PRAY! It works!
  10. by   booboo
    I have two strategies for handling the stress at work. One is to vent to a trusted coworker. This works sometimes. Then I am ready to resume my duties. The other - which I prefer - is to take 10 minutes and do something simple for a patient. Like give them a backrub, quick bath, put lotion on or sit and socialize with a patient who is lonely.
    It really works for me because it gives me a chance to refocus. People leave me alone because I am with a patient. It also reminds me that for all of the CRAP I endure as a nurse, I got into the profession to help people. It also allows me to control the moment and catch my breath.
    And I still say a prayer each night before I go in. I ask God to help me to focus on my patients and do what is best for them.
    Hope this helps...
  11. by   bagladyrn
    A warped sense of humor really does help, although I'm careful who I indulge it around (especially pts., though some do get it!)
    Recently I was putting on my glove for a vag. exam on a labor pt. and the cheap glove tore right through. The pt. turned to her husband and said "Oh look honey - just like the condom! I was literally falling to the floor laughing and "honey' was on the floor trying to crawl under the chair!
  12. by   sanakruz
    You're a nurse, not a airline hostess. Vsummer is right, it's not a reguirement, and dont let anybody tell you to "smile!" What horseshit!
  13. by   bungies
    And if you really need to get away from it all to recoup so you can be yourself again, go to the bathroom! People may think you've got diarrhoea, but at least you don't have to share the cubicle.