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Why Do ASCs Fail? - August 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 2 2 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 U G U S T 2 0 1 5 Paula's Attitude Adjustment Accept nothing less than a good day. Y ou know those books full of advice on positive thinking, karma and the secret to getting what you want? Don't you hate those? Me too. I read a couple of them earlier this year, to get a good laugh and report back that the authors were nutcases just trying to make a buck off the desperate. I mean, nothing is going to control the crap that we so often have to deal with in the OR, and as you know, this has made me very cynical about the majority of everything over the years. Then something interesting happened: The advice worked. A behavioral experiment I wanted to know if I could control the kind of day I was going to have. So I decided to arrive at work with the attitude that I was going to have a good day in spite of whatever the higher-ups threw at me. And I can report that after 7 months I have had more good days than bad. I've enjoyed doing what I do more than I have over the past 30 years. Stressful situations seem more manage- able and I feel better than I have in a long time. It's bizarre, but it worked. Do I still have difficult days? Yes, of course. Can I con- trol my colleagues' behavior? Unfortunately, no. Am I still rolling my eyes, shooting icy glances or spiking sarcastic remarks at those who deserve it? Yes. I'm still Paula, not St. Pollyanna the Stepford Wife. What I can tell you is that a change in attitude is a change for the better. I go to work every day now thinking that it's going to be a good B E H I N D C L O S E D D O O R S Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR

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