If you are a nice guy, then it’s probably not a problem. You might even think you’re just being yourself. But the truth is that being nice can have very negative effects. In fact, if people think you are nice, they will subconsciously repress the aggressive behaviors and emotions that come with aggression.
One reason why being nice can have such an effect on patients and providers alike is that it can leave people with a false sense of security. You see, nice people tend to feel safe. They don’t feel threatened by people and situations, and they typically think that others will treat them with respect. As a result, they don’t push back when people mistreat them, and they don’t voice their opinions out because they know that others will treat them nice. This may be okay if you only want to provide guidance or counsel to people who are in need, but in the clinical setting, people who are being nice to interact with patients all the time.
Another way in which being nice can affect clinical practice is that nice people have high-quality relationships with others. It’s almost impossible to be nice to someone who doesn’t deserve it or isn’t paying your best. If someone is demeaning you in front of your peers, you will likely withdraw from participation in that person’s clinical experience. Not only will your peers treat you differently, but they may even shun you due to your lack of niceness. If you only get to work with individuals who are professional and respectful of you as a client, you will have the best experience of your career.
The third place where being nice can have unprofessional consequences is in the area of sexual harassment. It is well known that sexual harassment in the workplace has become a problem in recent years. There have been several high-profile examples of inappropriate behaviors by care professionals, including coworkers engaged in sexual advances and requests for sexual favors. If a nurse or other healthcare professional engage in such behaviors, he or she should be suspended or terminated because of the impact this behavior will have on the patients that he or she is intended to be serving.
In sum, the best way to practice within a medical/clinical care setting is to avoid being overly nice. Rather, people who want to serve patients professionally should aim to be respectful of patients and others in the clinical setting. Doing so can help lead to a higher level of trust among patients and better outcomes for those they serve. By maintaining a high-level of social care leadership responsibility, professionals can create an atmosphere where trust, respect, and good communication flourish.
Also, it is important to remember that there are many different ways to get high-quality social care leadership training. You can use the guidance of a trusted mentor, attend seminars, read manuals on quality practice, and participate in online discussions. However, these sources of education cannot provide you with the insight and direction you need to improve outcomes for your patients. In order to get the best impact from your leadership and practice skills, you should consider getting formal training in the methods of good leadership.