"Get out of here... go do some 'doctor' stuff..."

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    I work at a busy Level I trauma center with some renowned attending physicians. I stumble across their names when I read citation lists and textbook contributor lists.

    The other day, the attending came out of a room and said, "The patient just had diarrhea all over the gurney. I directed her to the bathroom but you need to get a commode in there." I was just in the middle of a med pass and said, "I'll be right there."

    I grabbed a commode and walked in just in time to see the attending carrying in some linens. "Oh, get out of here doc... go do some doctor stuff... I got this." She smiled and said, "No, I'm not busy right now" and finished making the bed which she'd already cleaned.

    I was flabbergasted... and humbled by her act of service toward the patient and toward me. I already respected the lady for her doctoring but was just blown away at her attitude of service and belief that no task is beneath her.
    grimsmom, feltshapes, canoehead, and 52 others like this.

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  2. 36 Comments...

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    That's awesome!!! Too frequently we nurses work with doctors who
    herring_RN and Esme12 like this.
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    Quote from momRNmy
    That's awesome!!! Too frequently we nurses work with doctors who
    run the opposite direction at the mere sight of poop or vomit. If your unit has a recognition or kudos board, this would be an awesome opportunity to say thanks and recognize this doc!
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    I once had a hospitalist clean up a code brown so I could work on the admitting process. I was speechless.
    puppyrunner, jsepark119, JustMe54, and 4 others like this.
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    I work with a nurse who thinks he is above cleaning up patients, it drives me crazy! I was a CNA before becoming a nurse and nurses are not above cleaning patients... He runs to get the CNA for every little thing. It's nice when all members of the team will help out when they have time! I would certainly put up a recognition if you have that at your facility, that's awesome!
    OhioTry, herring_RN, and nrsang97 like this.
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    ​Would that more be like this doctor.
    SoldierNurse22, herring_RN, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.
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    Wow! Just wow! Talk about able to put the patient first...
    herring_RN likes this.
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    My nephew (pre-med) is working now as a nurse tech...he will always know the ropes and always know there is a time and a place to chip in. Not always expected of course, but nice to do in a crunch.
    SoldierNurse22 and herring_RN like this.
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    My favorite attending, the one who I would want caring for my family above anyone else in our hospital, started out as a tech.
    OhioTry and MarlynneRN like this.
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    A doctor cleaning up a code brown is a rare sight in nature indeed, rarer than seeing the stars in the sky align.

    gonzo1 likes this.

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