Due to a family member being admitted to the local hospital last week it has been very interesting to watch the interaction of the staff members, no matter what the color of their clothing. (Wearing color coded clothes would seem to be an unspoken us vs them or at least an ego feeding structure, but apparently not.
We noticed the first day, which was confirmed by careful watching on the second day, that we had not witnessed such a degree of cooperation among "workers" from Rns, to LPNs, to maintenance staff, to techs, to specialists in other disciplines the last time (a couple of years ago) such teamwork. If anyone of these people needed a hand, the closest person to them assisted--and it didn't matter if it was from a doctor to a nurse to a janitor or the other way around.
Not only do they help each other, they work 12 hour shifts and they sort of "self-schedule" and somehow everything is covered. Some folks admit to not being at their best after three 12 hour days in a row while others seem to have a different internal clock and they just seem to be able to work it out among themselves.
Having had experience with only the UAW and the teachers' heretofore, this was a real eye opener.
Our hats are off to a segment of the workforce who seem to have conquered the constant complaining in other work areas which is so prevalent. Whether it is training or the kind of work they do, I don't know, but it certainly would seem to be an area worth studying to benefit the entire country.