I'm having a hard time dealing with a girl I work with. She really knows her stuff and has seniority over me, so I want to cooperate with her. My problem, however, is that she can be very patronising. Another girl is quitting essentially because she can't deal with her. I won't be doing that, but this is making work somewhat unpleasant on days she's around.
She tends to act like we're idiots, to put it bluntly. She laughs if we ask a question she considers stupid (ok, our questions may well reveal our ignorance in a huge way, but if we could figure it out on our own we wouldn't have asked). Despite the fact that I have experience and the other girl has education in this field, she acts as if we're complete novices. If we do things in a way different than she would, she seems to take this as evidence we don't know what we're doing, rather than that we have a different method.
Now, granted, there are tons of things we don't know. And mostly I'd rather be told twice about something than not be told at all because it's assumed I know. It's just her attitude when she does it. She's always sighing about how she's the only one who knows how to do things and she hates her job and she shouldn't have to do everything (one reason she "has to" do everything is that she won't allow us to learn how to do things she does. These are not field-specific things, they are workplace-policy things.). She also tends to blow things way out of proportion when they go wrong. Granted, we are a hospital, so mistakes are potentially serious. That doesn't make us any less human or prone to them, no matter how careful we are. She has gotten seriously heavy handed with other workers over very honest mistakes. I held my tongue at the time, but I'm starting to wish I'd said something (I was a newbie at the time - I've still only been on for 2 months right now). Next time I probably will. But I want what I say to be productive and not destructive. Does anyone have experience to share, advice, etc? Thanks!