- Ms. Pink Scrubs
- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Sorry ladies, but I’ve just gotta spill it. I’m a registered nurse at an ambulatory surgery center. Suffice it to say that everyone, and I do mean everyone, from the surgeon and anesthesiologist on down was in a super-pissy mood this morning. One of the doctors was pissed that the back door wasn’t answered quickly enough to let her in and another was annoyed that some of the medical assistants were in the break room “wasting time” before surgery on their cell phones. The MA’s also had an “in service” prior to surgery where I gather they were informed that they were now expected to put patients on monitors (blood pressure, pulse oximetry and O2 by nasal canula – not difficult stuff here) after transporting a patient to the recovery room.
I was working the recovery room today (just my luck) so when my first patient came in several of the MA’s were putting the Bridal Party cuff and pulse ox on and one of the girls took great exception to the look on my face. Apparently, I was giving her a Dirty Look. Could it be that I was trying to…oh, I don’t know…visually assess my patient? This young woman then proceeded to very rudely and sarcastically say “Okay, FINE <my name> I’m putting the oxygen on! God!” Obviously, I was surprised and told her that I was A) looking at my patient, not her and B) I’d like to talk to her after surgery. Several other people witnessed this and commented on her rudeness.
Fast forward a few hours. After surgery was over for the morning, I let our manager know that I would like to have a word with her and this person and sketched out the incident to my manager in private. Manager was not amused, particularly since this happened in front of a patient. The three of us went into a private area and I said that while I was aware that tensions were running high today, I found her actions and words rude, inappropriate and unproffesional particularly since it happened in front of a patient. So of course, at this point she proceeds to attack ME. That I was “looking at her” and “gossiping about her” and she is absolutely sure about this because I “stopped as soon as she came in.”
Intellectually, I know that she’s doing this because it’s what defensive people do. Heck, my ex-husband did it all the time. Intellectually, I know she’s pissed off that they’ve just been scolded. Intellectually, I know she’s feeling hard done by since they are now expected to do a few extra things. I did my level best to be calm and curteous but damn if I didn’t want to smack the ever living shit out of her. She’s out and out rude and unprofessional in front of a patient and other co-workers and she thinks she’s going to bitch ME out?! Not gonna happen cupcake. I’m a professional. I’m an adult. I do not gossip about my coworkers. Period. I really think the cherry on the sundae was when she told me that it didn’t really matter that it was in front of a patient since the patient was asleep. Which….she wasn’t. I took great pleasure in informing her that her point was totally irrelevant since you must always assume a patient can hear you at all times, particularly when they are recovering from anesthesia. Bottom line – watch your mouth sweetie.
Ugh. Just…..UGH!!! Sometimes there is not enough wine or chocolate in the world….