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Stop saying you’re ‘just’ a nurse By Lily Martis Monster by katty : December 26, 2016, 12:15:56 PM
“So, what do you do?”

You’ve been asked this question many times before—at a networking event, during a job interview, in the exam room or even while on a first date.

And so, not giving it a ton of thought, you answer, “I’m just a nurse.”

This is wrong.

Think about it: Are you just a nurse? Are you just an internist?

Or, are you a nurse? Are you an internist?

The latter sounds much better, wouldn’t you agree?

Tom Abelson, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center, does.

In response to a woman who was filling in for a sick medical assistant in the ENT office calling herself “just a float,” Abelson sent a powerful email to his team encouraging them to erase the word “just” as a precursor to their job title.

“I have heard myself say, ‘I am just a general otolaryngologist,’” Abelson wrote in the email published by Advisory Board, a health care best practices firm. “I have heard others say, ‘I am just a receptionist.’ …So let’s lose the word ‘just’ at the Beachwood FHC. We can describe ourselves without the word ‘just’ without losing the humility that we hopefully all feel as well. If you hear someone say it to describe themselves, gently correct them…I’m saying let’s have pride in what we do as individuals and as a team.”

Just saying—(whoops, let’s try that again)—Saying you are “just” a nurse, physician or whatever your job title is has actual consequences, as well. The usage of this newly forbidden four-letter word can result in burnout, Laura Martin, an Advisory Board senior analyst, found in her research.

“The sentiment of ‘just’ was a recurring theme in our burnout work,” Martin told Advisory Board, regarding Abelson’s email. “Time and again we heard from burned out physicians who felt like ‘just a cog in the wheel.’ Ensuring the entire care team feels recognized and valued is critical as we increasingly rely on their full, top-of-license support. No one is ‘just’ anything.”

Professional burnout, defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and value of your work,” is pretty common among health care workers. According to a 2015 Mayo Clinic study, more than half of U.S. physicians experience professional burnout, with frontline health care workers experiencing the highest levels.

If you want to combat burnout—and give your career a major confidence boost—wiping the word from your vocabulary will help you to go far in your professional endeavors, whether you’re interviewing for a job or creating a treatment plan for a patient.

After all, would you really trust a colleague who didn’t sound totally sure of their career prognosis? (Answer: No.)

And if you wouldn’t put “just” before your job title on your written resume, then why would you say it before your job title in a conversation?

You see the point we’re trying to make. So, back to the original question: What do you do?

Your answer: My name is [insert your name here], and I am a [insert job title here].

Source : Sioux City Journal

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