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Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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• The surgeon who overreaches. You know the type. He schedules more into his block time than he could reasonably expect to accomplish in 8 hours. There's not much a positive-thinking nurse can do about this (other than serving his patients a full breakfast in pre-op), but you can avoid setting yourself up for annoyance. It's easier to deal with if you face the fact that you're going to get overtime whenever he's on site, and if you make his block days the one day of the week you don't schedule anything after your shift. Then get to work, and help him be as efficient as possible. • Team members who try your patience. The scrub tech is bossy. He's territo- rial. He thinks he knows everything and he throws you under the bus every chance he gets. So kill him with kindness. Let your antagonism go for a few weeks. Watch how he works. Anticipate what he's going to ask for and get ready to flip it onto the field. In the long run, it'll be worth it. You won't be chasing after items the tech really should've taken care of as often. You'll learn some good setup habits. You might even make a new friend, and in the OR, you need all the friends you can get. • Dealing with other departments. I respect the ICU, the ER, the lab and the floor nurses, but if we in surgery could handle patients without their support, I'm pretty sure we could go through life without ever talking to anyone else in our facilities. Other departments never seem that keen on us either. One time a case required a call to ICU, where the rude nurse hung up on me. I begged my colleagues to call her onto our carpet so I could make her cry, but then I asked myself, did I real- ly want to be the reason for someone else's bad day? I let it go. For me, that was a good day. By the following Monday, I'd forgotten her name. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatkins12@comcast.net. J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 5 3

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