Sunday, June 22, 2014

I've Nothing Together

"Pride will keep you from growing, because when you pretend that you’ve got it all together, you won’t make an effort to become more spiritually mature. No one has it all together! Humility leads to happiness because it makes you teachable. - Rick Warren

I've been really observant sensitive to the lack of humility in some clinicians that make them unteachable and, worse, dangerous. There is a disturbing trend I've noticed that people are genuinely unhappy in the medical centers I've worked lately. There is so much stress, whirlwind activity and demand of time. I hear so much grumbling through the day (and night) from otherwise nice people.

 The exception to the "nice" rule is the clinician who comes believing that they have it all together and that nobody else does. The lack of teachability, compassion for the team that makes them look good and general sense of untouchability is a dangerous recipe. When those below are unwilling or unable to speak their minds, patient safety suffers tremendously. But more importantly, it unnecessarily creates an environment that nobody feels comfortable in, including the patient.

 Medical education and administration has lost the ability to breed into and maintain a sense of humility in providers. The system is so broken, so lost. There is absolutely no recovery from a system that allows such behaviors to continue and, in many case, flourish. I, on the other hand, become more humbled by witnessing such aberrant behaviors and know for a fact, I don't have anything "together".