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Difficult Airways - April 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 4 8 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A P R I L 2 0 1 5 The Irritating Things Our Colleagues Do 8 ways our co-workers drive us up a wall. I used to be a motivational speaker. My presentation was "How Not to Choke the Daylights Out of Someone Who Desperately Deserves It." A long title, an important workplace skill. Because sometimes our co-workers, those people we spend more time with than our families, can drive us absolutely crazy. Let's take a look at who needs a (hands-around-the-throat) hug. 1. Seasoned nurses set in their ways. Just because you've done something the same way every day for the 30 years you've been working here doesn't make it the only way, or even the right way, to do it. Wake up! Some upgrades actually bring better results. 2. New hires and per-diems looking to change the world. This isn't the last place you worked, and it doesn't matter how they did things there. We do them this way. Don't go trying to change things until we trust you know what you're doing. If you stick around and work hard, you can ask our opinion on policy changes or different standards. Who knows? We might even steal the credit for your great idea. 3. Whoever pulled this last case. You need to pay more attention to the surgeon's instrument and supply requests. Especially since we know that he updates his preference card every time he shows up for work. Keep in mind that if you have it but he doesn't use it, you win. When he needs it and you don't have it, everyone loses. 4. Colleague who oversteps her bounds. The co-worker who gave me a break earned my undying thanks — but there's such a thing as being B E H I N D C L O S E D D O O R S Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR Ever want to strangle your co-workers? They probably feel the same way about you. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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