Since my work establishment is a large teaching institution, we always have observers, med students, nursing students, prospective employees, staff from other units, visiting doctors. They can be annoying for a variety of reasons even if they do nothing to make themselves annoying. They take up space in an environment when space is at a premium. Some types, though, are annoying beyond just taking up space. There’s the overly caring nursing student, the Yes Man, the know-it-all med student, the sensitive type who tell on surgeons when they have no idea what really goes on there, and on and on and on.
For the last couple of months, we’ve had a foreign doctor who I call the Spy. He takes pictures of everything. EVERYTHING, from suture packs to table set ups to drill bits to the surgery itself. He makes notes on some James Bond type notepad. He tries to finagle a desk for himself so he can type on his laptop. He contaminates people and tables and instruments. He never listens to anything you tell him. He’s a sidler. He never announces himself, he just comes in and out as if it were a playground and not an OR. He leaves piles of standing stools all over the place so people trip all over them and never puts them back. He hangs over people’s shoulders. In short, he drives me up one wall and down another.
He’s been here for months and I have no idea how long he’ll stay. As far as I’m concerned, he’s overstayed himself and I’m sick of looking at him. The docs humor him but I get the feeling they’re a little tired of having him around as well. One of the bosses has recruited him to take pictures of the surgeries for him but even that doesn’t work out all the time because he isn’t always there when he can make himself useful.
The worst part, he’s so hung up on the tiniest details that it’s almost like he’s going to go home and copy everything they do like a monkey and will not just be there to learn techniques and discuss new ideas. I hate copycats and that’s what this man is. He’s the Spy. Perhaps it’s unkind of me, but kindness has never gotten me anywhere. I can hardly wait until he and his camera get out of my life.