Chapter 3: Workmates, friends, and friends

t’s been said that ones co-workers determine job satisfaction. Especially in healthcare. To some degree, I believe that’s true. After all, especially on a 12 hour shift these are the people I’m around the most. And even not on a 12 hour shift, these are the people that can still make your day ‘good’ or ‘bad’. These are the real ‘teachers’ in healthcare.

Co-workers can become friends over time. After all, who else can you trauma bond with during a traumatic shift. Who else can literally save your life during a violent patient encounter? Co-workers and also become more than friends. After all, as a single person, where else are you going to find someone to date? While it seems good in theory, this is almost always a bad idea. It’s hard to maintain a collegial relationship with someone who has seen you naked. There’s always a little bit of truth to shows like Grey’s Anatomy.

Cast of Characters

Gus–> a grizzled old veteran, the boss, just trying to make it to retirement

Mitzi–> ditzy, blonde, know-it-all, tries to make my life hell

Lloyd–>30+ years on the job; knows how to do everything

Ike–>another old timer; night shift, sleeps most of the shift

Sandy–>does yoga when she thins no one is around; also night shift

Chris–>physician, hospitalist, the nicest and most approachable of the hosptialists (loves older patients)

Dr Greg–> ER physician, knows his stuff, no nonsense, hilarious

Nurse Liz–>my favorite ER nurse

Kate–>my classmate and friend, has the same job as me starting out but at the larger intuition

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Additional characters occurring later

Nurse DJ–>fun, knowledgable, around my age

Nurse Margaret–>the human embodiment of the energizer bunny,, fund of knowledge only gained by being a RN for >50 years

Charlotte–> another BFF at the institution

Nurse Maria–>my nurse BFF at the. latest institution

Jeff–>I dated a co-worker. It went predictably bad

Coworkers: it who you get Drinks After Work with

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