Quote from shaw on Jan 9, 2013, 5:51pm
I have worked as an oncology nurse for five years. Being a nurse has definitely helped me learn to communicate better. There is a difference when your issues of being quiet are dwarfed in comparison to health issues that your patients are facing.
I 'take issue' with your phrase "…when your issues of being quiet".
Being quiet means being a good listener and communicating softly, quietly. Being quiet is not the same as being SILENT or having an inability to communicate.
Your issues have no place in that environment.
The implication you make is that being quiet is an "issue" (AKA in older days as a 'problem') and that in some way those who struggle with the stresses of a demanding job are inherently inadequate.
Even doctors need 'down time'. Intense focus and concentration can be demanding, as can the constant demand of paperwork and record keeping after the work is done.
Your job is to help them. There are areas in nursing that are probably more suited to an introverted individual too- home care, palliative, etc.
I love my job, and I love the quiet I go home to after a busy day.
Good for you, that you love your job. However, your statements and the way in which you phrase them imply that you are not an introvert. Being introverted or having a quiet nature is not in itself an "issue" nor is it a deficiency. That's the whole point of the book and of this forum.