In the old days, we would have quarters to retreat to and many distractions from one-on-one interaction. Whether it be chores, fire inspections, drills and training, or just TV – at least one wasn’t forced to interact with their partner all day. Times have changed and employers are getting more calls out of their medics through that great invention of System Status Management. Consequently, we spend our entire shift locked in a cage and chained at the hip to our partners. Depending on the situation, this can be a good thing, or a bad thing.
Assuming you draw a good partner, a friendship usually unfolds and going to work can be quite pleasant. However, given the opposite situation, this doesn’t always work out so well. How does one deal with endless minutes, hours, and shifts with the partner from Hell? Dismiss the fact that we all have bad days, and overlooking some minor personality defects – which we all possess, what do we do with people who are just plain hard to be around?