There are many personalities in the workplace and at times I find myself admiring the abilities of others. I love talking in depth to co-workers and gathering opinions on how I may better myself to improve patient care and client communication. I have also found that this desire to grow and improve should never end. However, admiring another while not giving oneself proper credit can prove disastrous. It is healthy to learn from others and to do further research for oneself but ignoring your uniqueness and striving to be a carbon copy is not giving yourself enough credit, and as I have found can undoubtedly do damage to your confidence as a technician.
I am no longer afraid to say that I care deeply and will speak out on behalf of a patient. If I think something is occurring that needs attention, I will say so, and I will also be happy if I am wrong in my assessment. I have found that a great doctor and staff will rather have you ask a question than to assume you know everything (which none of us do). And there may be times when speaking out can save a life. After all, this is what our job is about. Hopefully, everyone is in a position where they can feel safe asking questions within the workplace or that is a topic for another blog.
I am a deep feeler, and at times I need to reign in my emotions a little bit to perform at my best. Sometimes this is difficult, yet it is also a blessing to connect with my clients and patients so profoundly. I once thought that my feeling nature was a burden, but with new eyes, I see that this is precisely what a client in crisis sometimes needs. While medical answers and interventions are always top priorities, sometimes it’s the little things we overlook that can make the most significant impact. Human connectedness and whole-hearted compassion