Rude awakenings

Emerg Med Serv. 1995 May;24(5):31-4, 73-5, 80-5.


A new nurse recently complained in a national nursing publication that her manager, a 22-year veteran, refers to her staff as"dodos," "dipsticks" and "resident idiots." The vexed grad wanted to know whether she had to put up with this verbal abuse. It's amazing that she even had to ask. The Los Angeles Times reports that rudeness is epidemic in America, as "embedded in the workplace culture as time cards, fluorescent lighting and computers." EMTs and paramedics are prime targets. You endure it from patients, their families, bystanders, coworkers, managers, ED staffers and cops. You no doubt take a deep breath, hold your tongue and prepare to move on to the next call. But what if you're mad as hell and don't want to take it anymore? On the following pages, experts share their experiences and offer communication strategies. So, hurry up! Turn the page! (Oops. We apologize for being rude...)

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Emergency Medical Technicians / psychology*
  • Family
  • Hostility
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Negotiating
  • Police
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • United States