greetings fellow nurse practitioners!
I am in my first job as an NP and liking it for the most part, I am the only mid-level there except for a locum who occasionally works there.
my mentors are several experienced MDs who have been good teachers to me. It is actually the lone new graduate MD who has been less than professional on several occasions to me as well as others at the clinic.
She has been frustrated by other things at the workplace and so I've just steered clear of her. However recently she told me to my face that if things were up to her to decide I would just be seeing otitis media and URI patients.
I have always stayed professional in spite of whatever she does and I even go out of my way to be nice to her. It's hard not the take the latest comment personally. Now it's affecting the way I feel about going in to work, I feel like I'm a convenient scapegoat for her. The experienced MDs review my charts and have been satisfied with my work so far. Fortunately they are the decision makers about what sort of patients I see.
I don't want to bring this up to the medical director, I'm too new to be making waves and everyone else is a MD anyway. Any advice?
Nov 23, '07
Quote from happydays352
You can always drop the hostile work environment bomb on your employers. They don't like hearing that since they can smell the lawsuit. If it doesn't improve I would speak to her about her behavior and ask her to keep her comments professional. If she can't then it's time to move up the food chain.
I'm tired of people suggesting lawsuits are th eanswer to everything. Yes, if its a male boss who says you look good in a tight skirt then by all means sue for sexual harrassment.
But thats not whats going on here. Its a female coworker who is being rude to her. There's a simple solution for that: either talk to the boss about it or quit. To suggest that a lawsuit is justified here is ridiculous
There are plenty of jobs for NPs because NPs are in extremely high demand. Walk out the door and go find another job.
Last edit by sirI on Nov 27, '07
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Nov 25, '07
thank you for the replies, I have been reading them and taking them to heart, focusing on doing my job, promising myself I won't let her opinions influence mine because once I did second guess myself by listening to her medical advice on a patient.
For reasons too detailed to list here, I quite like the workplace and co-workers (aside from this unprofessional person) and it is a good opportunity for me. Even my supervisor has observed how I get along great with everybody else in the clinic. I don't see hurrying out to get a new job as a good solution right now.
Lo and behold, this new grad MD has now recently and rather publicly slammed PAs also. :uhoh21::angryfire
Last edit by westcoastgirl on Nov 25, '07
Nov 27, '07
Quote from platon20
i'm tired of people suggesting lawsuits are th eanswer to everything. yes, if its a male boss who says you look good in a tight skirt then by all means sue for sexual harrassment.verbal harassment is just as illegal as sexual. doesn't apply in this case, but still.
but thats not whats going on here. its a female coworker who is being rude to her. there's a simple solution for that: either talk to the boss about it or quit. to suggest that a lawsuit is justified here is ridiculous
there are plenty of jobs for nps because nps are in extremely high demand. walk out the door and go find another job.
lol wow i certainly wasn't implying that she had a lawsuit. i was saying that her employers will take her seriously because everybody is afraid of lawsuits because heck you can sue if you spill some coffee.
this situation just really gets to me because i similar issues with my manager. she was basically harassing me and had me in tears. it started out small with the snide remarks and got to a place were it was a hostile work enviroment. fortuanly the owner fired her and i stayed but it's not ok for people to talk to you this way. and in my experience it just escalates.
if someone is making you so miserable you have to quit then that is a hostile work enviroment. yes by all means talk to her first and see if you can work it out. if not talk to your bosses, no employer should allow harassment of any kind in their business.
sure maybe you can try killing her with kindness and maybe she will stop but that doesn't always happen. just my personal experience, lol maybe i've become jaded on the subject.
Last edit by sirI on Nov 27, '07
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