Career advice

When you think you’re a good organiser, but they think you’re just plain bossy

Steps you can take to ensure nurse colleagues don’t misread your good intentions
Unintended consequences

Steps you can take to ensure nurse colleagues don’t misread your good intentions

I vividly remember when my organisational skills were first highlighted to me. I was hanging out washing and a friend mentioned how organised I always was.

Up until that point I hadn’t really thought about it, but I had to agree – I like things to be in order.

Being highly organised is usually seen as a good trait, so secretly I was quite pleased. But as I soon came to realise, this isn’t always the case.

When your strength becomes a weakness

Many years ago, I worked as a staff nurse on a busy haematology ward. As with most wards, mornings were somewhat chaotic, but there is one particular morning I will never forget.

A more junior nurse was in charge, and part


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