Over the past few weeks the message that keeps coming to my attention is that I am not aggressive enough. My go with the flow, non confrontational personality is just not floating well these day in my ocean of life. Today I got my most recent message.
One of our assignments for school was to call another medical professional (that was role playing) about an issue we have with a patient we are treating. My scenario was to call a pharmacist and request a medicine review because my patient was consistently weak and dizzy during treatment. The list of her meds included 3 that had the side effect of dizziness and 1 that was contraindicated for the other meds that she was taking...Anywho, the medical professional role players where supposed to give us a hard time. Mine did VERY well with this. Basically his job was to get me to defend my profession and advocate for the patient. His character, like most people, think all PTs do is exercise people. Which is not the case.
We got feedback forms from the people we called and mine basically said that I was too passive. I needed to be more direct and aggressive.
If I was direct and aggressive like he was with me I would have been unprofessional! Besides, no matter how much I know, when I am working in real life I am NOT going to debate with a pharmacist about medications!!!!!!!
Anytime I get direct and aggresive with people they get pissed off or end up crying. It's not worth it. Besides, you are not supposed to meet attitude (professional or unprofessional) with attitude, it esculates the situation.