Most nurses deal with doctors every day. We collaborate with physicians to assure each patient gets the proper care. But doctors are people too, and some can be outright annoying. Here are four things doctors do that drive nurses nuts. If you're a physician and you're reading this, please take heed:
1. What the heck is the deal with your writing skills? I've heard that you adapt to writing chicken scratch because you have to take notes quickly in med school. Sorry, I'm not buying that at all. I had to write quickly to take notes in nursing school. But my writing doesn't look like a first grader's scribble. It's inconsiderate to write this way because nurses need to be able to read your writing. It's not fair for us to have to try to decipher what you wrote on a patient's orders. Clean it up, please!.
It seems as though the older they get, the worse their writing is. Yes, I think it's the number one thing that drives nurse to want to throw you off a cliff. And I have no sympathy for physicians that must be called in the wee hours of the night because their writing is atrocious
2. Which brings me to another annoyance. Why oh why do some of you truly believe you're God? I understand you're a doctor, but does that mean you must talk down to everyone because you have more education that us? Granted, I'm not referring to all physicians when I say this. Most physicians are pretty nice. But there's a select few that think they're on another planet than the rest of us.
I must say surgeons are the WORST. I worked in surgery for many years, and honestly some of you act like three-year-olds. Throwing temper tantrums, cursing like sailors and tossing instruments at people or on the floor (happens all the time).
At one point, we even bought a time-out chair for one of our nasty vascular surgeons and threatened to put him in it if he didn't straighten up. Did it work? No, it just made his behavior worse! I don't care who you are, just because you didn't get your retractor fast enough does not give you the right to treat nurses like second class citizens.
I dated a neurosurgeon, and he was as sweet as can be outside the operating room, but he was a raving nutcase during surgery. I asked him once why he was so difficult to deal when he was working. He explained it to me this way: "If a nurse makes a mistake or has a problem or a question, she can ask a surgeon. A surgeon does not have that option. They're on their own when it comes to often life or death situations."
I understand that but why then do the majority of surgeons treat nurses with respect? As with everything in life, there's always a select few that give the medical profession a bad name.
3. We all work hard, and I know physicians work extremely hard. While I don't want to call you at 2: am to ask you a question about a patient, it must be done. It's your patient, and YOU are the one that chose to go into medicine. You knew that you would often be on call and woken from sleep. That's why you make the big bucks. Please don't take it out on me when I have to call you and speak with you about YOUR patient.
4.Please answer your pages guys! Nurses are busy people too, and when I page you, I expect you to answer your page right away. It's not fun to have to page you over and over because you don't care about answering. One of the reasons this is so annoying is that many times we wait for you to call back. When you don't, we end up going to an isolation room, and we are covered in bodily fluids when you decide to call back. Never fails, does it nurses?
All nurses have their stories about obnoxious and abusive doctors. It's a dirty little secret, and the patients are oblivious to their physicians behavior. I often wonder what patients would think if they saw some of the temper tantrums their "sweet, caring" physicians displayed when they weren't around.
One of the GYN surgeons I used to scrub for was a petite and beautiful physician and she was loved by all her patients. Heck, I even went to her before I became a nurse, and she was wonderful to me when I was her patient. But as soon as she got in the operating room she was the spawn of Satan. She would throw things, yell and verbally berate the nurses. I couldn't believe it. She was like Jekyll and Hyde, but worse.
There is no need for this and I think if more people understood some of the issues nurses deal with when working with physicians they would be appalled. Straighten up, guys! Share this post with your friends so people can have a better understanding of how nurses are treated by physicians. Again, not all are this way. But something needs to change.
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