Are nurses smarter than resident physicians? - page 3

Okay so i work at a large teaching hospital/level one trauma facility. I rotated through the ED and a patient came in with suspected drug OD. We didn't know what the patient took but tried narcan and... Read More

  1. by   AmericanRN
    Quote from mige
    as a physician we dont know ALL the medications. Even as an atteding now I dont know ALL the medications and their doses. I had a nurse asked me 1-2 weeks ago what X medication did and I honestly told her: I dont know but I will get back to you in 5 minutes and I did. The medication ended up being a trial drug for lymphoma cancer.

    Making fun of residents is pretty bad. I didnt even think of making fun of nurses when I was a resident. I remember during residency having to take out my first central line and asking a young nurse to bring me supplies to take out the central line and she told me "I dont know what you need since this is my first one", I didnt laugh or ridicule her instead we both went to the supply room and got the stuff.

    We are a team with different backgrounds and roles, making fun of one or the other only makes patient care worse and the patient is the one that pays the price.
    Well said and thank you. As a relatively new nurse (RN) my first nursing job was in an LTC where I was not oriented appropiately and regularly belittled by most of the nurses on staff there with the exception of two. I bring up the RN part only because whenever I did ask questions the only answer I got was "you're an RN and you can't insert a PICC line?" When I would answer well no because that requires an extra certification I would be sneered at like I was lying not they had the cert needed to insert one either. We didn't have the equipment needed even if I did know how. Compare that to the rounding physicians who took time to explain things to me without humiliation. The physicians knew it was a hostile work environment and gave me names of nursing unit managers who were hiring in different places they rounded at so I could get out of there. Now I am at a hospital and am so much happier. I won't ever make fun of a new doc or nurse I know what it's like to walk into a unit full of snarling pitbulls in scrubs.
  2. by   mazy
    I have tremendous respect for anyone who has the guts to say "I don't know" and then make use of the people and resources around them to inform themselves.

    Much better than the person who comes through with a "you can't tell me anything" attitude who just won't listen and who usually knows squat.

    Here is an opportunity, with a new resident, to establish a respectful and collaborative relationship that will serve you well when he or she finally gets settled into the role of MD.

    Sad to throw that opportunity away. And makes all the rest of us other nurses look bad.
  3. by   canesdukegirl
    Quote from mazy
    I have tremendous respect for anyone who has the guts to say "I don't know" and then make use of the people and resources around them to inform themselves.

    Much better than the person who comes through with a "you can't tell me anything" attitude who just won't listen and who usually knows squat.

    Here is an opportunity, with a new resident, to establish a respectful and collaborative relationship that will serve you well when he or she finally gets settled into the role of MD.

    Sad to throw that opportunity away. And makes all the rest of us other nurses look bad.
    VERY well stated, Mazy!
  4. by   canesdukegirl
    Quote from AmericanRN
    I won't ever make fun of a new doc or nurse I know what it's like to walk into a unit full of snarling pitbulls in scrubs.
    Nice analogy!

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