I am wondering if my “I don’t take bs” attitude translates into me being a diva. As demonstrated in my prior experiences, I often stand up for others and myself. I think since I have worked in so many different settings, I know what a GOOD work environment is. I know that it is absolutely possible to work somewhere that is pleasant and not overwhelming. I also know what a GOOD recruiter is and what a GOOD deal looks like, so I do not want to settle.
There are 2 main aspects of working locum tenens that sometimes irritates me and causes my “inner diva” to come out.
- Being overwhelmed at work. Whether it is due to being scheduled with too many patients, lack of leadership in the office, no admin time, or lack of assistive staff.
- When recruiters speak to me as a car salesman, acting like taking this job is equivalent to buying a car. They say things like: even though this job doesn’t pay well nor is it in an ideal location, at least you will have work.
My responses to these problems:
- When asked to see certain patients (last minute) I will say NO just to make a point. I will request a change from either management or from my agency. If they are reluctant to change anything I will use the “it’s my license on the line” talk. In the back of my mind, I always consider just leaving if things do not improve.
- “At least you will have work”. Hi, I am not desperate. I’ll just say NO if I don’t like something. For instance, sometimes a recruiter will try to get away with giving you poor housing options, such as staying at a motel 8 (ew). When you demand better options they will say “can you at least stay there for this week until we find something else?” The answer is NO. No, I will not travel all the way there for a “possibility”.
Do I overreact sometimes? Yes, I am human. But who else will speak up for myself if not me?
So am I a Diva? Perhaps at times 😛