Sitting in the Catbird Seat

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  2. "The catbird seat is an American English idiomatic phrase used to describe an enviable position, often in terms of having the upper hand or greater advantage in any type of dealing among parties... the first recorded usage occurred in a 1942 humorous short story by James Thurber titled "The Catbird Seat," which features a character, Mrs. Barrows, who likes to use the phrase. Another character, Joey Hart, explains that Mrs. Barrows must have picked up the expression from Red Barber, the baseball broadcaster, and that to Barber sitting in the catbird seat meant 'sitting pretty,' like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him." Wikipedia

    So... During your nursing career, have you ever felt like you were sitting in The Catbird Seat?
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  4. by   CharleeFoxtrot
    How about right now? I am in a job that's very irritating, crazy, pressure filled yet very rewarding and have a management team that does know what the job entails.
  5. by   KatieMI
    Right today. When I stood in front of a sicky sick and gettin' sicker human being and everybody around was scared their pants down. And I ****** knew what it was, what to do and what will happen next, and what plans A, B and C and D might be. I did not "think", I. Just. Knew. And I just did it.

    And when ICU resident finally ran in there breathing hard and fast, everything I had to do was smile nicely and say "sorry bothering you, we've got it all already. Thank you, doc!"

    May I just brag one time, please
  6. by   Davey Do
    Quote from CharleeFoxtrot
    I am in a job that's very irritating, crazy, pressure filled yet very rewarding and have a management team that does know what the job entails.
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  7. by   Davey Do
    Quote from KatieMI
    I ****** knew what it was, what to do and what will happen next, and what plans A, B and C and D might be. I did not "think", I. Just. Knew. And I just did it.

    May I just brag one time, please
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  8. by   Daisy4RN
    There once was a girl
    who lived at the bottom of the hill

    To the top she must go
    but the journey was slow

    At the top she was sitting pretty
    until she heard this little ditty:

    One tin shoulder rode away
    to again never stay

    Is it worth it she thought
    because of the story she bought

    At the top she did reign
    but it became quite a pain

    So she came to the conclusion
    it was but just an illusion

    The catbird seat didn't fit
    so back down the hill she went

    And even though this took a toll
    she now has peace in her soul.
  9. by   Daisy4RN
    I never had heard that term before, you made me think!!
  10. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Daisy4RN
    I never had heard that term before, you made me think!!
    Is that poem your creation, Daisy? It's great!

    There are many roads my response could have taken, however, this is a general nursing discussion forum and I asked a little bird to reply to the situation in a professional manner:

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  11. by   Elfriede
    Hhhmm...
    Sometimes nursing reminds me of a Martin-Baker-seat.
  12. by   Davey Do
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  13. by   Daisy4RN
    Quote from Davey Do
    Is that poem your creation, Daisy? It's great!

    There are many roads my response could have taken, however, this is a general nursing discussion forum and I asked a little bird to reply to the situation in a professional manner:
    yea that was all me, I think you said (on a different thread) that you were using the thread for an outlet, I just borrowed your idea and thread, LOL

    Oh, but being professional isn't as much fun, but I guess we gotta do it.
  14. by   Daisy Joyce
    LOL my dad used to say "catbird seat", and I say it too, but hardly anybody else uses that term.

    And no, I've never been in the catbird seat in regards to my career...
    I'm usually the bug (as in "sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug")
  15. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Daisy4RN
    being professional isn't as much fun, but I guess we gotta do it.
    Okay, Daisy, you've hit on one of the reasons I feel as though I am sitting in the catbird seat: I have fun at work, doing my job.

    I know my job well, feel as though I take good care of my patients, and the majority of the time, work with both competent and fun-loving coworkers.

    It just doesn't get any better than this!

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