Reprinted with permission from Smart Flow Sheet.
It really is quite simple to not be a jerk in veterinary medicine. Step number one, don't be a jerk. If you are not sure what not being a jerk looks like, just follow these next steps:
- Did you just walk past that diarrhea bomb? I didn't think so. Get back there and clean up that explosion.
- You are on your 15th smoke break (and you don't even smoke)? Put your phone down and get back into the game.
- You assume someone else is going to clean up your IV catheter mess? Not likely. Now treat this clinic like it is a 5-star resort.
- I hear the phone ringing. Do you hear it ringing? Help a receptionist out and answer the call.
- Floors don't mop themselves. Wouldn't that be nice? Fill up a bucket and get to work.
- You don't work well with others? Not an option! Be polite, even if it hurts.
- It takes you how long to fill that RX? Stop wasting time.
- What, you mean showing up at 8:05 isn't the same as starting at 8? Nope, not in my book. Respect that everyone's time is as important as yours.
- Did you really just tell me how lazy everyone else is? Running your mouth is not cool.
- Did you just take the last one of those and walk away? Restock or reorder!
I believe most of us are guilty of being a jerk at one point or another in our veterinary medicine careers. When you are guilty of doing these things on a daily basis it just might be time for a change.