(This is not directed at anyone, although it looks like it is. This is directed at anyone who works in an O.R.)
RESPECT. Yes respect may be EARNED, but i'm a firm believer you have to act like you deserve it, and that doesn't mean being disrespectful and rude or commanding, yet it doesn't mean you're kissing butt either.
Not acting like your **** doesn't stink just because of their job title or role.
Not acting like your superior because of you job title or role.
We're all there for the pt. It's wise to keep this in mind.
My first preceptor, who happened to be an RN, had a bitter-at-the-world attitude. CONSTANTLY muttering loudly "RNs only belong here, LPNs are a joke" and such. Well, yeah, that's her opinion but 1) I didn't ask what she thought 2) Work is not the place to be like that and 3) she was someone who preached about teamwork, but acted like anyone who wasn't an RN wasn't worth spitting on. And WONDERED why people act like she was the bad guy, and was insulted when she didn't get invited to the Halloween party (yeah, small thing, but still). Gee, wonder why.
Not to mention how crap like could make a person feel. I don't respect her. Perhaps if she treated staff like human beings, i would. That's first and foremost to me. No matter what you do in the O.R., you're still a human being with feelings. It's not necessary to strive to hurt people and make them angry.
I'll be going back to school to get my ADN. But i swear, if i even remotely thought that all RNs were like that preceptor, i wouldn't go back to school (i know better than to think that). I wouldn't want to risk inheriting her bitter-at-everyone-and-the-world attitude. I mean, what a miserable way to live, not to mention the health problems that must cause.
On the other hand, we've have a few problems with people at work, who get p.o.'d when they're told "you can't do that" when they've attempted to do something they're not qualified for. Know the state laws, know your facilies policies and procedures to avoid these problems.