Classic Bad Workplace Habits Nurses Need to Break

Habits play a significant role in your everyday life. A habit is a routine way of speaking or regularly doing something that may have become subconscious. In other words, you start doing or saying something without even thinking about it. Some habits are good for you – like exercise, drinking water and going to bed early. But some habits are destructive to your career and your personal relationships.

Time Management or Being Disorganized

While some may see these as one and the same, they aren’t – but one does contribute to the other. If you suffer from being a poor time manager it’s likely you arrive late to work, promise patients you’ll be back when you can’t or tell your manager you’ll participate on the extra committee when you don’t have the time. In other words, you think you can get more done in a specific amount of time than you realistically can.

This may also be the result of being disorganized. As a health care professional, you are a multitasker by nature. And if you weren’t, the job taught you how to be one quickly. However, multitasking requires strong organizational skills. If you find yourself consistently showing up late, unable to complete everything you think you can or forgetting tasks, it may be time to get some help to get more organized at work and learn how to manage your time.

Ditch the Negative Attitude

In medicine you see a lot of bad things happen to good people. It can be discouraging and feed a negative attitude about life. But having a “glass half-empty” or victim mindset reduces your ability to be effective at work, and negatively impacts your relationships with your colleagues and at home. Instead, try to practice gratefulness for the positive things you have in your life and practice having a positive attitude of helpfulness. A negative attitude increases your risk of negative health conditions, reduces your efficiency and is a habit. Having a positive attitude is also a habit. The habit that grows will be the one you feed every day.

Quit Gossiping

You may have participated in gossip, believing it livened up a long night shift or otherwise boring day. But it’s important to remember that there is a person on the other side of that gossip. It creates a negative work environment and means you are meddling in another person’s private affairs. Instead, it is important to address issues face-to-face with the person and not talk behind their back. Realize that others also take note when you gossip – and they know if you are talking about someone behind their back, you’ll likely talk about them as well. This reduces your colleagues’ trust in you.

Taking Things Personally

Whether a colleague is having a bad day, or a patient is scared – you may find someone lashes out at you during your shift. Every day you interact with numbers of strangers, acquaintances and some friends. It’s highly likely one will complain, have a bad word for you or give you negative feedback. It is important not to take everything said and done personally. It may be hard to swallow criticism, but you have control over how you react – and how you react will determine what happens next. Don’t let the other person have the power over you. Instead, control your actions and reactions to empower yourself.

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