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Okay, so I know that I left that last post kind of up in the air without any explanation, no closure, and no real information (except comments about two great songs). So here’s the scoop.

As you know I’m working in a large clinic in Washington that employs several doctors and therefore obviously needs several nurses to run smoothly. In a place like this scheduling can be difficult because some doctors work some days at the hospital, other days are off for education, vacation, etc, and some work 3 or 4 days a week, so the nursing staff have to be scheduled to accommodate those changing needs.

When I started, the regular nurse was about 8 months pregnant and has since had a baby. Since her delivery I have not had a regular nurse to assist me, and I usually get to work with one who’s regular doctor is off that day. That’s fine because they all seem to work well together and can help out if needed; it is a pretty good place after all.

Recently, however, a nurse who is a “floater” (works wherever there is a need) began working with me on Tuesdays. She was pretty cool, she joked around with me some, told me to be sure not to flirt with the cute single girl who was in for something rather simple (how did she know I would flirt with this girl?), and she even joked a little about some pop culture stuff that she was surprised that I knew about and liked (why does my knowledge of pop-culture surprise people- don’t I <em>look</em> cool enough to be hip?).

But then she said a few things in the lunch room to me that were, shall we say, inappropriate?

Not that the nurses and doctors don’t joke around about things that are sometimes off-color, but she seemed to be pushing it a little, and another nurse noticed that I was kind of trying to just ignore her. Mostly I was trying to ignore her because she was boring me, and the other conversation that I had been listening to was still interesting, but the other nurse must have heard when she joked about my sexual orientation (which is straight, by the way, though I do like to keep my nails looking good, but I am straight, really). Given my recovery from “homosupposis neurosis” I did well to mostly ignore that comment too. I know she was kidding, but it wasn’t a nice thing to say.

Later that day the other nurse came to ask me if I was okay and if everything was okay about the conversations at lunch. I assured her that I can talk about nearly anything no matter who agrees or disagrees as long as others are willing to listen to my opinions without just attacking me for an ideology. Mostly I was referring to politics and religion, but I know that she meant the conversations of that particular day. I was okay with them anyway, I just didn’t really like it.

Well, the next day, the nursing supervisor pulled me aside and talked with me about this nurse and told me a few things that I did not know. She told me that the girl had been telling other nurses that “he’s mine- stay away from him”, and a few things like that. She told me that it sounded like she needed to talk with her about things, and so that’s where I left it.

The next day the nurse was there working with another person and by the way she acted I thought she had already had a talk with the manager because she was quite closed up and wouldn’t even look at me. I then went home to Houston the next day for a few days.

And next, the rest of the story…

Comments

Comment from TLC
Time: 16 July, 2007, 9:49 pm

…biting nails…

Comment from Beth
Time: 17 July, 2007, 7:34 am

Dennis, what kind of General Hospital are you working in? Or is it ER or Gray’s Anatomy? So it really is true all the doctor/nurse drama.

Aren’t you glad I torment you so you’re able to better handle situations like this with love?

Comment from Doc
Time: 17 July, 2007, 10:45 am

you are a great teacher, Beth. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Comment from Sol
Time: 17 July, 2007, 12:16 pm

creepy. i hope you find wisdom in handling her…from far away.

Comment from m.
Time: 17 July, 2007, 3:43 pm

I’m with Sol.

Comment from jamie
Time: 19 July, 2007, 1:38 am

yah…I’m with everyone..but i’ve worked in a hosptial before so i know the creepy drama that goes on…grey’s anatomy isn’t always that far off unfortunately…..

i was once working in the hospital, and my boss got a phone call from someone who definetly was trying to get into his pants. i was pleased to hear him say, “don’t ever say that to me again, i’m a very happy married man.”

i know you aren’t married, but you may need to take a tough stance with this chicky…rather than just avoid her.

Comment from The Good Doctor
Time: 19 July, 2007, 6:03 am

ah, yes, the Drama… Stay tuned…

Comment from Rob
Time: 21 July, 2007, 8:58 am

I can’t stand the suspense!

Was she talking about your special place?

Comment from steven
Time: 21 July, 2007, 10:06 am

Eight comments on a story that is TO BE CONTINUED….? (Well, nine now.)

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