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There have been many figures that I have found to be very inspiring during my life. Many of them have been my teachers. Maybe I am even an oddball for saying this, but I have always enjoyed school. There has always been this draw towards wanting to push myself further, learn something new, and acknowledge the potential to accomplish anything.
A trait that I find admirable is being practically endlessly optimistic, nurturing, and patient. This trait is common in teachers and professors even through all of the challenges they face regularly.
After reading several books by different medical practitioners, including Confessions of a Surgeon, by Paul A. Ruggieri, Gray’s Anatomy, The Secret Language of Doctors by Dr. Brian Goldman, The Checklist Manifesto, and Better by Atul Gawande, and even including Do No Harm by Henry Marsh I have learned that surgeons, doctors, medical practitioners, and even nurses have a very diverse range of character traits.
Some are aggressive, supportive, submissive, and strong leaders in their own right. However, not all healthcare providers have the same patient trait that teachers commonly have. This observation is curious, considering that healthcare and medicine is a human experience. Shouldn’t a good bedside manner be a priority for many medical practitioners? Unfortunately, based on many of these books, that is not always the case. A big part of that could be because we are all human. We all make errors in judgment, get angry, get sad and face these issues in our own time, manner, and way. In its way, it does make sense because not all doctors aspire to be great teachers. However, patience is still a trait, in my opinion, that should be analyzed, studied, and applied no matter who you are.
It does strike me, however, that doctors, nurses, and surgeons should take the time to practice more patience in the workplace. I even acknowledge that this can be hard to do, considering that a clinic, ER, or operating room can get very stressful very quickly. However, recognizing this stress is also why those working in healthcare still deserve to be praised and rewarded and require all of the help and assistance that we as the general public can provide. Even if it is something as simple as a thank you, saying that makes a massive difference in a person’s life.
This observation is also why making people laugh is something that I still hold dearly. It relaxes the mind, allowing it to recentre in a stressful situation. This stimulation is still something that deserves to be studied further and understood.
The goal is to make people a little calmer and more in control of their emotions and stressors. Fortunately, a wiser public is harder to control, and we need more people to support those healthcare providers. Whomever they might be.
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