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Signs of a Selfish Boss

Signs of a Selfish Boss

Nealeigh Mitchell | NursingLink

If you’ve ever worked in a medical environment, you’ve probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micromanagers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace.

In fact, employee-employer relations are major stressors for even the savviest nurses. According to a Gallup poll, supervisor problems surpass most other areas of worker dissatisfaction, including salary, hours, and job duties.

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Don’t let a lousy leader knock you off your career ladder. Steer clear of costly consequences by recognizing ways a self-centered boss keeps her subordinates in check.

Clips Your Wings:

Selfish bosses are super sensitive to younger and brighter protégés nipping at their heels. Overeager beavers rarely win a battle with the boss — especially if it’s over sharing the spotlight. So if you find yourself staying late or working extra shifts but get left out of important meetings, request a chat. That promotion you’ve been waiting for may never come.

Steals Your Work:

Self-centered bosses hate getting eclipsed by their underlings so they hog the glory by taking credit for your work. Sure, your job is to be creative and generate fresh ideas about patient care. You’re also there to make your boss look good. But if you’ve single-handedly saved a project — or four — and still need a nametag, there’s a thief in the ranks.

Feeds You to Wolves:

You relish being the boss’ right-hand person but unfortunately, there’s an ugly underbelly — you’re always doing the dirty work. Firing employees or taking flak for a bad patient care decision should never land in your lap. Shoulder the responsibility only if it’s a balanced load. You’re there to support your boss, not be her whipping boy or girl.

Leaves You in the Lurch:

You’ve proved yourself and finally get to spearhead a major project. Only your boss gave you half of the vital information and an impossible deadline. Plus, your team isn’t qualified to get the job done. Why would she sabotage her own crew? She might be throwing you under the bus to keep you in your place.

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  • Carol_harris_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I also have had a boss who could be the biggest bully ever, but also could show a very kind side (at times). However, I was set up and really treated worse than I have ever been treated anywhere in my life at this job and was forced to resign a position that I was truly happy with and enjoyed very much!! I have never been talked to the way this person talked to me and it was not just me but other employees as well. I do not know how she is still working at this place. This affected me so bad that I still suffer from it today.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I became an LPN as a second career when my youngest was in college. I find homecare is wonderful. Cases as complicated or easy as you want. Pretty much the hours you choose. My supervisor and the patient's doctor are a call a way if I need them - otherwise it's me and the patient. Very rewarding and much less stress.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I have a bad boss, except she is a rn and I am a cna. Very sweet to the big boss and dripping venom to most people directly involved with her. Wants to micro manage everything...... Turn the patient again and again...doesn't matter that you just did it, do it again.....I have had families very upset and I am the one who catches flack for this, as well as her yelling at me in front of patients and their families,just because a pillow wasn't looking right........very large chip on shoulder. Always on phone with someone half the night, but watch out if you sit for a minute even though your duties are in a lull! I am the longest staying cna with her both rm and cna's quite or change positions. I need this so I can go to school............

  • Family_visit_2010_068_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I agree with the advice. You can only do so much if someone is bent on being self-centered. Because, I want greater autonomy, after being a RN for 18 years, I am in school to be a Nurse Practioner. I want to enjoy the freedom and respect that all nurses deserve for their commitment to quality patient care. As another young nurse put it, "nurses have all of the responsibility but no authority." It is unfortunate but many of today's hospitals are being run like corporate machines and nurses get trampled in the process.

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