I am new to this website and actually just discovering it after being an RN for 2.5 years now. Anyway, I have a question and I'm hoping someone would kindly answer or offer advice.
I have been working in a small overflow unit in a large hospital and I work with several male residents. One resident I have worked with since being a brand-new grad. Honestly whenever I interacted with him back then I was very intimidated, and it wasn't simply b/c I was brand new
Lately all of a sudden things seemed to have changed. He has been getting a little "friendly". I am not at all opposed to this or offended. I'm not even one of those types that strictly won't date physicians/co-workers (but that's a different thread).
Lately he's been coming around and asking if Pt. X is in my unit and he is very touchy-feely. I do not see him do this with other nurses in the unit. The circle of personal space is definitely becoming smaller as we look through charts! He's always borrowing my stethoscope and sometimes when I'm at the bedside with a patient he's speaking to he seems nervous and sometimes stumbles over his words. He seems to be opening up to me a lot more and smiling at me when we talk about pt.-related issues. Once another nurse was in the same room and she started being flirtatious with him and he joked saying, "Me and her have a relationship thing going." (I'm not sure what he meant by that.) Don't get me wrong, we still maintain a professional relationship but I can tell that he's 'singleling me out'. Sometimes I catch him looking at me from across the unit!
One day last week even he asked me what days I work. Doctors don't ask nurses questions like that!
lol. But I can't say I've not been flirting with him either, though! Honestly I'm loving the attention but maybe he's just being nice.
I'm just sort of confused I guess. What does all this mean and has anyone else experienced this? What did you do?
BTW I am a female but to get a good POV responses from the guys are appreciated as well.
Thanks kindly in advance for your insights.