advice from nurses for a new physician

  1. A very good family friend has been accepted into medical school (osteopathic) and there is going to be a party for him. :hatparty: As a gift I would like to give him a poster or small book of upbeat, light-hearted advice from nurses around the world on how to be a great physician. Having been a nurse for 12 years now, I have plenty to say, and I have some entries from my co-workers, but thought I'd ask here and see what words of wisdom everybody else has to offer...
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Katnip
    Listen to the nurse.
  4. by   plumrn
    Interact with nurses as valued co-workers, and they will make your professional life much easier, and happier.
  5. by   Dixiecup
    Don't jump down the nurse's throat when she calls you in the middle of the night. It's your job!
  6. by   stsdoc
    Money or a Littmann Cardiology III might serve him better
  7. by   NeuroICURN
    Here's my words of wisdom.....

    Don't tick your patients' nurses off...they TRULY have the ability to make your life miserable! :chuckle
  8. by   BRANDY LPN
    Listen to the nurses, listen to the patients, and for heavens sake wash your hands.
  9. by   gwenith
    Desiderata of Health Care

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in keeping your mouth shut. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons even the cleaners and the receptionists. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the nurses and patients for, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are known as consultants.


    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself and they are known as nurses and administrators respectively. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans for the first may feel all too few while the last my never see fruition. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time when all too many have lost theirs.


    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery especially the internet. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection and particularly in the childrens ward for verily they will catch you out. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth but be careful of the aggressive granny with her walking stick.


    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings - just because you are working in oncology does not mean you have cancer. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness and believe us your residency will be filled with both. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the health care system, no less than the nurses and the receptionists; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the human condition is unfolding as it should.


    Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.


    Strive to be happy.
  10. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from stsdoc
    Money or a Littmann Cardiology III might serve him better

    The question was asked of nurses. You are a student doc. I am an experienced nurse. Many nurses are leaving various areas of nursing, because of the way they are treated by docs. Nurse abuse and disruptive physician behavior are real issues in healthcare today. Google it, and read some atricles and studies. If docs don't want to end up caring for their pts all by themselves, they should be aware of these problems.



    After years of working with verbally abusive docs, I now work for two great docs. They own the facility where I work. They know on which side their bread is buttered. They know that they could not have a clinic without us, and they show their appreciation.

    I have made more money at jobs where physician behavior went unchecked, and it wasn't worth it.

    Sarcastic comments won't help- they will only serve to alienate us even more.
  11. by   moia
    Be yourself...even if you aren't all that happy with the self you are...nurses have enough stress to deal with..we don't want to have to guess which one of your many personalities we are working with today.

    Maintain at all costs your sense of humour even if it is dark and morbid...if you watch Dead like me you may remember anything seen at a far enough distance can be funny as hell..it's when you get too close other peoples tragedy can eat you alive...your job is to stand close enough that you can see the tragedy and far enough away to laugh until you pee.


    great example from trauma (TLC) illegal immigrant hired to do work on house and garden falls off the roof and has limb of tree enter the anus and allll the way up....he survived with NO problems but it was horrible and hysterical at the same time....the man literally had a stick up his a**...what if he had died? How do you tell family what happened? How does family explain to anyone else?
    Do you think he gets teased all the time?
  12. by   zenman
    They should all read Dr. Bernard S. Siegel's books...so should every nurse!
  13. by   nursbee04
    Realize the value of good nurses...and please write legibly!
  14. by   Ruby Vee
    Advice for a new physician:

    1. If the experienced ICU nurse asks you "Are you sure you really want to do that, DOCTOR?" you really DON'T want to do that. Trust me.

    2. LISTEN to the nurses. The good ones will save your *** time and time again. The bad ones can suck you into more problems than you ever thought possible. Only by listening can you determine which is which and benefit from the wisdom.

    3. The good nurse is not necessarily the tall, thin blonde 20-something who spends all of her free time chatting you up. The good nurse can just as easily be the tall, FAT blonde 40-something who's been a nurse since you were in diapers. The fact that she's not spending all of her time chatting with you may mean merely that she's doing her job instead of looking to marry a doctor.

    4. Your first name is not "Doctor." I know you worked extremely hard to win the right to put the honorific before your name. But we see a lot of doctors around here, and we're not as impressed with you as you are with yourself. You have to earn respect.

    5. See #1. If the experienced ICU nurse calls you, a new R-1 "doctor," you've probably either screwed up somehow or are about to do so. Stop and think before proceeding with whatever dumbass thing you were about to do. ("No, DOCTOR. We do not push KCl. We especially do not push it through a 22 gauge in the right hand. We especially do not push it if the creatnine is 2.2 and the K+ is 3.8 and the patient is not having any symptoms of hypokalemia. I don't care what the tall, thin, blonde 20-something nurse standing over there told you. She's a new grad and she's still on orientation. As her preceptor, I'm telling you that you really do NOT want to do this.")

    6. If you're going to participate in each and every potluck the unit has, feel free to contribute something. I know you don't have much time to cook, but at least contribute a few bucks for a pizza from time to time. After all, you can afford that bright, shiney new PDA.

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