Quote from summersent
Why would you worry about getting fired for speaking up and standing your ground? To my knowledge doctors arent the ones who hire nurses.
Because in some places nurses are more expendable than doctors. If a MD whines about someone telling him off, depending on how aggressive he is being about it, it might result in termination. But I'll be that's a bit rare.
With regard to standing your ground, I'd do it in New York minute. My husband is a RN and he's been snapped at by a few docs for things that were not his fault. He don't play that game. As a result, the same MD's now treat him more like a peer. They pull him aside and talk in depth with him about the patients condition, etc.
To quote Dr. Phil (for what it's worth)--"You teach people how to treat you".
So if you are all passive and walk on egg shells around the MD's, they're gonna treat you like a moron (most won't but there are some that sure will). If you act like you are an assertive person who isn't afraid to speak up, it's amazing how people will leave you alone. I've noticed this in my personal life. Here's a real life example (I'm a student nurse by the way):
I was in clinical one day and we were under a time crunch to finish our charting and get to post conference ASAP. I had a patient who needed their pain meds at that exact moment. Afterward, I grabbed the chart and began charting about it. MD comes up to me and says, can I see that chart? I said--give me five minutes and I'll bring it to you. My classmates jaws collectively dropped. How dare I tell a MD to wait until I was finished with the chart. After all, we had been trained to not sit in their chairs, to not ask them questions, to basically avoid eye contact with them (ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point). When I was finished charting (about three minutes later) I gave him the chart. He responded by saying "Wow, you've got beautiful handwriting". No animosity whatsoever.
Don't let these threads scare you out of becoming a nurse. There are extreme situations where ever you go, but it isn't true that you are destined to end up with co-workers who treat you like crap or have MD's talk down to you. And hey, if that should be the case at the job you take...leave. Nurses are in demand and you can find another job quite quickly.
Don't be scared. Just focus on getting your pre-nursing classes out of the way, then focus on school. You'll get a better idea of the workplace dynamics when you do clinical. Or at least a glimpse. :spin: