Do you have “Subnormal” Group Mates?

As nursing students, our duties make the best part of our stay in the college, and being with group mates who are very out-of-this-world really freaks us out, especially when we have a case presentation, a thesis for the nursing research, and to make it worst, you are the group leader! So here are some ways to deal to conquer your group mates’ stubborn attitudes.

They have types, of course:

1.) The Friendenemy (Friend or enemy?)

Enjoys being with you and very reliable during “inuman” or “happy-happy” moments. However, he/she always borrows your BP apparatus and thermometer that she “consciously” forgets every time you have your duties.

How to fight it!:

If you are the group leader, set up rules for all of you to follow,and have some penalties for a change, like 1 peso for every loss of one apparatus, your group can use the collected money for special purposes, like paying for a compulsory contribution. If you are not the group leader, confront the friendenemy and tell her politely that it’s not good to borrow every time you’re having duties, after all, the clinical instructor will check your things beforehand.

2.) The “OC-OC” (Obsessive-compulsive)

-The obsessive-compulsive group mate of yours who wants to finish the thesis and the case presentation paper works “STAT”! The catch: She wants you to do the same!

How to tame!:

Talk to her in polite manner that cramming is very unacceptable for her other group mates and humility is important. If you are the group leader, make up a printed schedule for your group so that time can be maximized for all of you to do the thesis or case presentation, this will lessen the stress brought by the “OC-OC”.

3.) The last-2-minutes group mate

The exact opposite of the “OC-OC”, she loves to send the whole group into “ Panic land” when she did the 20-pages drug study and nursing history, two minutes before your case presentation.

How to stop her!:

Have her work the not-so-important parts of the case presentation or thesis, like the introduction, acknowledgment and the table of contents. Make her think by being frank to her and tell her that being late is not good, especially if she will be a registered nurse in the near future.

4.) The Know-it-all girl/ boy

She’s / He’s full of confidence (extremely full of it!) and gets really upset and mad when her opinions and suggestions are not acknowledged or praised. She/ He also gets mad when  he/she doesn’t get the part of the case presentation that she/he desires. Everyone else just favors her due to fear.

How to fix it!:

Make her feel like she’s not the only Ms./Mr. Perfect in your group. If you are the group leader, make a “draw-lots” for your tasking. Fold pieces of paper with your tasks written in each of it, and make them pick one of these so they won’t complain afterwards. Equality is the real deal here, and as they say, majority rules!

5.) The Mushroom

The one who shows up during peak hours of duty (graveyard duty) and takes her absences during the day of your case presentation (with her part as the Pathophysiology and Anatomy lecturer) without prior notice.

How to stop it! :

Divide the tasks in your group without hoping him/her to come during the presentation,or better yet, divide his/her tasks to the rest of the group so that in case she/ he takes the absent mode again,your group will not panic and will be ready for the presentation.

There you have it! Once you encounter these freaks, you better watch out and never let them ruin your precious duty memories!

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