Do all surgeons think that they are Gods? - page 2

I used to work in a small community hospital with 4 OR rooms, it seems that most of our surgeons think that they are God when they are in the OR. Why are the Doctors who have terrible bedside... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    I think it is a trait that is 'passed on'... I have watched youngun surgical interns lcopying the arrogant attitude of their mentors. Grrr.

    I always make sure I appreciate the professional, caring, human docs. Of all species not just surgeons...lol!
  2. by   meandragonbrett
    I know several that have the God complex, but there is one General surgeon that I know he is very down to earth, takes time with the pts, never gets in a tizzy about anything, etc. He's considered one of the best GS in the city.

    Brett
  3. by   LaVorneRN
    Some of the funniest, down to earth surgeans and docs in general are in Anchorage Alaska. Some of them walk around the hosp. and you don't even realize they are docs till they ask you about a patient of theirs. I was an aide and have had some surgeons respond to my curiosity about a gastric bypass or some other surgery but sitting me down and drawing me a diagram while explaining in laymens terms the procedure. I'm talking oncologists, orth.surgeons, neuro surgeons, internists etc. They show up on the floor in hiking gear (rarely wear lab coats or have a steth. of their own), running clothes, with their kids, and I have been on a first name basis with most of them because that's the way most of them introduced themselves to me before I realized it was doctor so-and-so. After a few years in a facility, don't be surprised if some of your closest friends are these humans who happen to be docs. It's a refreshing experience from what I was used to in Texas. Don't get me wrong, there are some ego-trippers but it has been my experience that it is not the norm. Hope your experiences get better.
  4. by   Kathy Gallimore
    Sometimes we as nurses look at them as such. If we would realize that they are a professional just like the rest of us. It is hard not to look at them that way for just look at what they do. After working in the OR for 16yrs. though I have come to realize that they are no better than me. I treat them with respect just like I do my fellow workers. I wouldn't classify them as arrogant surgeons, just spoiled men. I was fortunate to work with some surgeons which were perfect gentlemen. God just don't make them like that anymore. They were also the best of surgeons. Just hang in there they are no better than you. Kathy
  5. by   sjoe
    "Do all surgeons think that they are Gods?"

    No, but some of them do.

    Do all nurses think they are competent judges of docs and others?

    No, but some of them do.
  6. by   Cubby
    If someone is going to cut on any part of this tired old body, I sure as S*@T hope they think they are GOD!!
    Just my opinion!!
  7. by   fab4fan
    What is the difference between God and a surgeon?

    God doesn't think he's a surgeon!
  8. by   yannadey
    I'm with cubby
    If a surgeon gonna slice me open I do hope he see's himself as god. As a matter of fact I've had quiet a few of these "god like" surgeon(4) cut me open & I thanked (the real) god for them.
  9. by   Kathy Gallimore
    I am glad you had a good experience with doctors. I wouldn't want to throw off on any of them, but when someone says a surgeon thinks he is a God I think they actually mean they know everything. I would hope that any surgeon that works on me would be glad of another's input , for if you act like you know it all that is when you'll make mistakes. No one knows it all unless it is our beloved God. Kathy
  10. by   gwenith
    The one time I had surgery I was glad that the first surgeon I was referred to had the guts to refer me on because she couldn't handle my problem. Most problems come not from the attitude which is only that, an attitude, but from doing something they are not, by training or experience, able to do. I do not mean the poor Schmoe who is suddenly faced with a gut rearranged by trauma in a rural hospital. I am talking about the person who decides that they will branch out and do a new type of surgery just because they feel like it.
    Last edit by gwenith on Apr 13, '03
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    There is a difference in knowing you have a life in your hands and having all the confidence and arrogance in the world when slicing and dicing people. It's quite another to treat nurses and ancillary personnel as underlings or gum on your shoe. You don't have to be a JERK to have confidence. NO excuse is good enough in my book to be RUDE. There are DARN good surgeons that are NOT like this you know. IT CAN BE DONE.
  12. by   NsgTiger
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    There is a difference in knowing you have a life in your hands and having all the confidence and arrogance in the world when slicing and dicing people. It's quite another to treat nurses and ancillary personnel as underlings or gum on your shoe. You don't have to be a JERK to have confidence. NO excuse is good enough in my book to be RUDE. There are DARN good surgeons that are NOT like this you know. IT CAN BE DONE.
    yup, i totally agree!
  13. by   LaVorneRN
    Originally posted by yannadey
    I'm with cubby
    If a surgeon gonna slice me open I do hope he see's himself as god. As a matter of fact I've had quiet a few of these "god like" surgeon(4) cut me open & I thanked (the real) god for them.
    That "I am God" mentality may work for you as the patient. My attorney has actually compared himself with God too(we'll see-I'll let ya'll know if we get that 2 million he keeps saying we deserve). BUT when you are nursing staff treated like crap it is not so cool. There are, like I've said, some awesome surgeons great at what they do with lots of confidence but they are also aware they are mortals and treat nurses with appreciation and respect.

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