My son Carlos is working in my law practice with me this summer. He is scanning law files into CLIO, the law practice management software (its SAAS) my law firm uses. He also assist me with project management software I am using for my law firm.
My son has worked in a variety of environments primarily retail as a teenager and young adult (21 y/o) therefore he is accustomed to a very rigid work environment where he is supervised and monitored. He asked me last week do we (meaning him and my sister Jaren who is working with me as my personal assistant; yes it the Family Feud at the Law Office of LaTonia Denise Wright, LLC) have assigned breaks?
After laughing for 5 minutes, I said "no" you don't have assigned breaks in a professional service firm, this isn't Taco Bell. (I was hungry and I wanted a fountain Pepsi from Taco Bell and something with cheese and chicken). If you are waiting for me to tell you to break it just ain't gone happen because I go hard from sun up (okay 0830) to sun down (okay it is almost 5am and I pulled an all nighter again) with running my business and practicing law.
Later we talked about making mistakes and I told him mistakes were a part of any job or position. You just acknowledge the mistakes, learn from the mistakes, and move forward. His response was "OMG, you mean Perfect Pattie makes mistakes."
Wow, my son thinks I am a Perfect Pattie. Before I fire my son (again) we are going to discuss what are the characteristics of a Perfect Pattie? Perfect Pattie to me is a double turkey burger with cheddar cheese or a cookie and ice cream sandwhich.
Are nurses supposed to be Perfect Patties?
Are you a Perfect Pattie or a Perfect Pat?
Is Perfection the unspoken but real standard of practice in nursing?
I am a work horse and I will work but that is how I was reared. You work if you want to have anything: you work for it. Period. Perfection for me was never or cannot be the standard in law practice because you will get absolutely nothing done if you fret over each and every item to point of perfection.
Is perfection really the gold standard and the expectation in healthcare with Just Culture being just another buzz word? What do you think as a nurse at the bedside?