doctor/nurse relationship - page 2

Hi all. I am a mere pre-nursing student...lol but thought I would slip in and ask some of you experienced nurses a question. What is a doctor/nurse relationship like? I have a sister who works in the... Read More

  1. by   Jabramac
    Every job has some bad apples that have superiority complexes. One cranky doc can ruin your day, week, month, even can ruin a job if you have to constantly work with that person. But, more importantly, keep in mind that for every intimidating/yelling doctor there are about 10 others who are wonderful. Even the wonderful ones have bad days sometimes like everyone else. I remember being very fearful right out of nursing school, but I had little reason to be. Many docs will go out of their way to teach, will listen to your opinion, and even go out of their way to ask what you think on many occasions. Most docs understand they need nurses as part of the care team and show that.
  2. by   EDValerieRN
    In three years, I've had one physician talk to me in a less than respectful manner, and he promptly apologized the same day. I think it depends on the culture where you work. Where I am, yelling and berating are not accepted, period.
  3. by   leslie :-D
    if it's a bad day, i let it slide.
    if it's a bad habit, they hear about it.

    we all get along just fine.

    leslie
  4. by   ebear
    you will find that the more intense the specialty the more likely is is that you will find "yelling". You want to hear yelling? Go to the O.R.! hahaha!Usually, though, it is because of a tense situation with the patient. As you become more seasoned, you will find that the docs rely on and respect your opinion more. That takes experience and there's just no way around it. If there is a true problem,and sometimes there surely is, then I suggest that you pull the doc off to the side and settle it right there respectfully.
    ebear
  5. by   sharona97
    Do O.R. nurses and personnel have to wear helmets yet in the O.R.? lol
  6. by   ebear
    Sharona97
    Yep just about (hahahaha!) Why do you think that they always appear to be so superior and set apart and clickish? It's because they are all hard nosed nurses (and have to be to survive not only the surgeons but each other). And also have frequently through the years had buttectomies.
    ebear
  7. by   lmc512
    yeah doctors yell but so do nurses! it sucks when a doctor yells at you about something and you can think of 10 things off the top of your head that they did wrong but it would be irrevalent to bring up. i think residents are the worst for getting pissy. the 1st years don't know anything and ask your advice, the 2nd years are "generally" friendly, and by the 3rd year they are all a-holes!
    but seriously, who cares if the doctor yells at you, it's about what is best for the pt not what's best for you or the doctor.
  8. by   ebear
    yes, we are all aware that the patient comes first. When that patient is asleep in the O.R., you learn to tell the docs (especially residents) to go pee up a rope after many years experience and you're working your butt off and they're pissed because you don't have time to answer their freakin beeper that they've left under their sterile gown! The same patient on the table is your primary responsibility, not their needs ,wants, or tantrums. UUGGGGGHHHHHHH!
    ebear
  9. by   sharona97
    Quote from ebear
    Sharona97
    Yep just about (hahahaha!) Why do you think that they always appear to be so superior and set apart and clickish? It's because they are all hard nosed nurses (and have to be to survive not only the surgeons but each other). And also have frequently through the years had buttectomies.
    ebear
    I get it! I just remembered when to duck. So now there are a bunch of lowriders eh?
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from sharona97
    Do O.R. nurses and personnel have to wear helmets yet in the O.R.? lol

    Mainly wear them for spotlight adjustments, to avoid getting a concussion lol.
  11. by   sharona97
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Mainly wear them for spotlight adjustments, to avoid getting a concussion lol.
    Ahhhhh well said!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Im my dept. we all pretty much have a "we're here for the pt." bond, if that makes any sense. We communication ahead of time to find out for sure what we'll need for later cases, work together very well, etc.

    And during the cases, as long as everything is going smoothly, we talk about our families, pets, vacations, latest hospital decisions, the latest bad baaaad jokes we've heard, how pt. so-and-so has been recovering, etc. And i ask questions about the pt.'s condition, recovery, why the surgeon likes this instrument or whatever. And the majority of our surgeons like to teach and explain things. And it's a constant learning experience for me, which is part of why i love what i do.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from sharona97
    Ahhhhh well said!

    We have one doc who's 6'6" and when he adjusts the lights, you'd think he's trying to rope a steer, so when he puts his hand on the light hndle, i say " Heads up, Dr. _____ swinging the lights." and i duck down slightly. He laughs everytime. He's whacked me three times with a spotlight, purely accidental of course, and he felt horrible about it, but like i told him "Hey i've learned to watch out" lol

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