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Sitting in the Catbird Seat

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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"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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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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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.

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN and works as a Internal Medicine.

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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:)

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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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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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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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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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience.

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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.

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience.

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I never had heard that term before, you made me think!!

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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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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Elfriede has 40 years experience.

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Hhhmm...

Sometimes nursing reminds me of a Martin-Baker-seat.:confused:

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience.

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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.

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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")

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