No...we dont all look alike

  1. Okay time for some action.....

    Heres allittle background info..... I just started working as a Critical Care tech in A ER along with 4 other people. two african american women(including myself) and 2 caucasian women. Okay, we all have to precept with someone and so far we all are doing a great job training..
    Sooooo, last week a new girl started...(afr.amer.) she claimed to have transferred from another trauma center and has four years of experience in the trauma setting.....
    Now I have finished precepting and i work evenings... shes precepting days......
    According to the nurses, this new tech has NO EXPERIENCE WHATSO EVER!! She has no idea on how to do vitals (manually)
    or CPR!!! She was working a trauma by herself(w/o precept to supervise) because she claimed she had all this experience.......They ended up telling her to step aside because she was doing COMPRESSIONS THE WRONG WAY (PT DIED)
    then she makes a comment to the other techs about the deceased saying "ewww his finger nail are dirty... he must have AIDS" no lie, her exact words!

    Now my problem is that because she is african american, people are getting her CONFUSED WITH ME!!!!!!!!! 2 people have called me by her name!
    I immediately correct them! It really bothers me because #1 I wear glasses, she doesnt 2# my hair is jet black with bronze highlites in the front, chin length bob, hers is straight, brown, 3in above the waist in length & 3# Im 5 years older at least 20lb heavier, shes 90 lbs soak-n-wet...
    What is the Deal??? Why are people confusing us!?

    I have worked so hard during my precepting learning, showing my coworkers that I am dependable, smart etc. Now because we apparently look "similiar" people are confusing us!!!

    Guys, this bothers me, seriously! Please help ? How can I make this stop before it gets worse? What do I do? PLease any advise???????
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   H ynnoD
    Correct them everytime it happens.Sounds like your both new,so getting names confused could happen to anyone.We have 3 Franks at work( I know different issue,but )The confusion when the name Frank is called over the intercom is pretty funny.Which one?
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
    i agree, keep correcting them. you may even go one step further and just make sure you introduce yourself to anyone that you know doesn't know you by name. good luck cause that would be a sucky situation to be in.
  5. by   Rapheal
    Yikes!!!!!!!!!!! I can see why you don't want to be mistaken for that gal. Last time I confused a co-worker with another co-worker-she looked me dead in the eye and said frostily " My name is so and so and I am not so and so". I have not made that mistake again. She was mean-but effective.
  6. by   Tweety
    I agree with keep correcting them. You just need a little time to prove yourself. Soon your reputation will stand out and people will admire you for the excellent, knowledgable, hardworking person you are.
  7. by   karenG
    keep correcting them! I work with another who is similiar to me- we both have 2 sons, we both have dark hair and are the same hgt. other than that we look nothing alike!! so we are always getting called the wrong name! I just keep saying, sorry I am not Elaine!! gets boring!

    Karen
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by happystudent
    Okay time for some action.....
    Su** to be you, sounds like! Or I should say, to be HER.

    Document document document and go to your supervisor.
  9. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    I agree with keep correcting them. You just need a little time to prove yourself. Soon your reputation will stand out and people will admire you for the excellent, knowledgable, hardworking person you are.
    Aww... thank you for your kind words........ I will keep correcting............this bytes sooo bad!!
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Originally posted by happystudent
    Aww... thank you for your kind words........ I will keep correcting............this bytes sooo bad!!


    what about a great big giant name tag?
  11. by   jnette
    Originally posted by zoeboboey
    what about a great big giant name tag?
    heh, heh.. I was just thinking the same thing, Zo !

    And underneath... "I'm the SMART one. And the CUTE one. And the one who will kick your *** if you confuse me with "Bimbo" one more time !!!"
  12. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by jnette
    heh, heh.. I was just thinking the same thing, Zo !

    And underneath... "I'm the SMART one. And the CUTE one. And the one who will kick your *** if you confuse me with "Bimbo" one more time !!!"
    :roll :roll I wear my name badge clipped to the collar of my shirt... the closest to my face.....

    ususally, people wear lanyards...
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    If that is you in your avitar you should be easy to spot in a crowd.
    -Russell
  14. by   mattsmom81
    I know it's aggravating, but keep correcting them and eventually they'll get the picture. Maybe you can use a little humor....

    I worked with 2 nurses last weeek who didn't know me. They called me 'Shirley" and 'Rhonda' all night despite the fact I'd introduced myself to them.

    After I started getting a bit peeved, they said they couldn't help it because we all looked alike (white women).

    I wasn't sure how to respond, then I said, 'I'm surprised you see me at all cuz I kinda blend into the wallpaper too.' That got a laugh and they haven't forgotten my name since.

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