doctors treatment of nurses?? - page 3

Does anyone work where the doctor's actually treat the nurses well? You know, friendly considerate etc. In my 18 years as a nurse I have worked in two different hospitals where the docs were actually... Read More

  1. by   Ruby Vee
    i worked with a few nasty physicians years ago, but in the past 23 years, most of the physicians and surgeons i've worked with have been if not friendly, at least professional. there's the rare bad apple -- but most of them are great!
  2. by   denija2000
    i've worked at a small private hospital and now at a large county hospital...i can honestly say the large county hospital is a better experience because we have first year interns and residents so you are basically training and teaching them..hence no time for the "i'm the MD..you're the dumb nurse attitude"!! it makes it easier for everybody when docs are polite or at least like someone said PROFESSIONAL. considering we spend more time with their patients, you would think they would be cordial and remain professional!! in a perfect world i guess...LOL
  3. by   pezzy68
    I feel, that as Nursing has evolved and became more skilled and specific in care etc, Doctors have changed in treatment of nursing staff.When i first started in the medical field as an a nurses assistant in 1986, they seemed to be more demeaning,off handish, as if the nurses were there at there beck and call.Although some still act that way now, it is nothing like that now.The Doctors yelling at,being impatient etc still occurs, but i would not tolerate a Doctor treating me that way.I am def assertive and know i am very educated and a very good nurse.Things will never be perfect, but they have improved...(In my opinion )
  4. by   Patti SW
    I have worked in small, medium and large hospitals. I asked one GI doc why they felt the need to be demeaning. He said, we for the most part ,are socially retarded. We are the boys and girls who no one wanted to date in high school, we stayed home and studied. All through our college years we did not interact with others. We studied. We were not the football heroes or prom queens. We rarely attended the football games or dances. He said, we revert back to our inner child. He said he always felt horrible after being mean to a nurse or any other staff.
    Being the doctor made him the "superstar". He got lots of attention he did not know how to handle as he was not groomed to be Mr. Personality. Basically they are human too, but, don't happen to have the social graces bestowed upon others who had the opportunity to grow up interacting with others. This of course, is just one MD but, he was brilliant and I think he may be on to something. I don't think they mean it personally. I think they really care about everyone. They are just not good at expressing it. I love and admire them all. This includes the ones who curse and scream at me.
  5. by   ngbaseball
    I find they treta male nurses with more respect
  6. by   medpasser
    If you want rude and god complexes try Cardiac Surgeons (the worst) I try not to speak to them if possible. I have not gotten down to "lets step outside" but almost. They need us and that really fries them because they are narcissistic control freaks. They don't bother to touch or assess their patients but God help you if you miss something. BAU- things don't change because we don't change them
  7. by   Bella36RN
    I work with one doctor that comes around on our night shift. She is awesome!! We laugh and cut up and we just really enjoy her and she is an awesome doctor who is all about her patients. On the other hand, we have another doctor that curses us out if we call him...EVEN IF HE IS ON CALL!!! unbelievable!!!
  8. by   neurorn6
    I have had the opportunity to work in different regions of this country, in both large and small hospitals. It is interesting to note that in the northern part and out west the doctors were quite professional and quite friendly with nurses. I was always treated with the upmost respect. Unfortunately, that can not be said of the southern states. I found them to treat nurses less like a colleage. I have wondered if the attitude of the nurses that I worked with had any part in there treatment of the nurses. I have found that if you demand respect that you get it in return. Too often I have seen nurses be verbal abused (in my opinion) and not stop the physican. This lack of respect is unacceptable. I truly believe that physicans forget that we are their eyes and ears in the hospital. There's a reason for that, they couldn't handle it. LOL. Anyway, that is my humble opinion.
  9. by   lamazeteacher
    As happens all over, there are good ones and bad. It seems in the 53 years since I began training, that the bad ones soon started to outnumber the good ones. In the '50s, we had to stand in the Nurses' station when a doctor came into it; and when entering elevators, they got on first, or we'd hear about it!
    In the OR, they threw instruments on the floor when unhappy. I remember one in L&D (previous to cellphones and beepers), a "first call" doc went out to listen to a football game in his car without telling anyone. The "second call" doc was furious to be called in on a Sunday, and found the guy. While all that happened I did a few "Nurse deliveries".
    Nice docs tend to teach.....sometimes correctly. Others womanize.....and my favorites praised us for work well done!
  10. by   christinenurse
    Quote from gdelrosa
    I've come into contact with a few rude doctors and I've only been working for 1 month. (I graduated in August). Doctors on my floor expect nurses to give up a chair for them. And I've been called stupid for asking a doctor to clarify an order. He had REALLY bad handwriting and a very thick accent. I asked him to clarify an abbreviation that he used and he called me stupid! Now, I thought I was ensuring patient safety by making sure that I as the nurse could read and understand the order but this doctor couldn't be bothered by questions.

    Sorry for the rant. This particular incident happened 2 days ago.
    Ah that's messed up.
  11. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from gdelrosa
    I've come into contact with a few rude doctors and I've only been working for 1 month. (I graduated in August). Doctors on my floor expect nurses to give up a chair for them. And I've been called stupid for asking a doctor to clarify an order. He had REALLY bad handwriting and a very thick accent. I asked him to clarify an abbreviation that he used and he called me stupid! Now, I thought I was ensuring patient safety by making sure that I as the nurse could read and understand the order but this doctor couldn't be bothered by questions.

    Sorry for the rant. This particular incident happened 2 days ago.
    *** I would have knocked that doc into next week.
  12. by   CRNA2BKY
    I totally agree. The first time a doc say's I'm stupid, I will stand up to him and give him a moment of pause to reconsider his verbal abuse. I have seen a number of doc's be totally unprofessional, and it irks me to no end how unprofessional this industry can be. When I was an airline pilot, it was rare to see anything but pure professionalism out of everyone.
  13. by   loriangel14
    I work in a small hospital and we have one doctor and she is the greatest. Professional, patient with pts and families and laughs and kids with everyone.Good doc too.

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