flocks of white birds clogging our hallways

  1. Does anyone else have a problem with packs of residents/interns/med students blocking hallways? I have always mentioned to nurses that sometimes the "whitecoats" look like flocks of lost birds, but lately it has gotten really bad. I will be answering a call light and have to shove my way through a group of them. A polite "excuse me" elicits no response and if I say it again loud enough to bother the attending, I get cold looks before they scoot over 4 inches so I can get through.
    Last week I was ambulating a patient with difficulty breathing and he kept stopping. I asked if he was dizzy/tired/ etc. but he jsut looked up at the pack of residents and mumbled "is there any way to go around? I dont want to bother them."
    I said "they are standing in front of your room, and so what if it bothers them this hospital was founded to take care of patients not doctors."
    He chuckled and the doctors gave us just enough room to pass, with looks on their faces like it was a severe injustice that they had to be interrupted.
    Any suggestions?
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   nurs4kids
    same problem...know of no solution

    i just get in a linebacker stance and charge right through
  4. by   researchrabbit
    Start of a new school year and they feel safer in groups. You have to be tough with them...

    Remember that this is the "imprinting" period for new residents/med students on how to deal with patients and nurses -- make sure they learn how you want them to behave for the next 40 years!!!
  5. by   amylynn
    I wish I knew of a solution too! I am always greeted by them at the end of my shift, 5a-7a--not the best time for me. I am tired, want to go home, and am trying to finish up stuff. I think after 11yrs in the teaching hospital setting I have perfected "the look" that I like to give them and always shower them with "the attitude." Heck, they need to learn how to treat nurses with respect just as well as learning how to treat patients!
  6. by   zudy
    I just yell "Move it!" never have any problems. They can glare at me all they want...they are only here for a few years, this is my hospital!!
  7. by   sharann
    I love it. They see a bed coming loaded down with equipment, pt being bagged by RT,2 nurses, heart monitor , several IV poles....this is barreling down to ICU at 100 miles an hour.
    They stand in FRONT of ICU's doorway, gawking and looking at the equipment (with their mouths open and drooling now).
    "Get outta the way or get run over!"
  8. by   NurseDianne
    Thank God for small RURAL NON-TEACHING HOSPITALS!! I don't know what I would do w/ all those folks around. It's all I can do to stand the docs we have when they make rounds.
  9. by   P_RN
    I'm old enough to be most of the flock's Mom so the look followed
    by an arm thrust in between the front row works every time.

    If I actually KNOW one or more "Y'all get out of the way" works (if you are in the south at least.)
  10. by   AlaskanRN
    LOL...i'm with ya there nursedianne...we don't have students...but we do have the staff docs that seem to gravitate behind the nurses station to do their orders/dictations/paperwork...taking all the chairs and comandeering the computers...

    as if that wasn't bad enough...when they're finished with whatever medical task they've been called for...they gather there and visit...taking up the little valuable space we have been alloted to get our work done!

    as if the ER isn't challenging enough...running the doctor obstacle course is over and above the call of duty...lol
  11. by   dianah
    Make eye contact with one or two, flash 'em a big ol' smile and sing out, "Excuse me, comin' thru!" then "Thank you!" and maybe something respectful but silly anyway ("You needed a short break, didn't ya?!" They ARE there to learn (for the time being it IS "their" hospital too), and I've found folks usually respond to cheerfulness and respect with the same. They are under a tremendous amount of stress, as are we, only in a different way. Growling begets the same. JMHO. -- D
  12. by   canoehead
    It is herd medicine- you just need to part the pack and make a path right through the middle. They will get the idea. New medical students really have no idea where to stand, I've taken them by the shoulders and put them where I wanted them in some situations. (worked very well) But sometimes you feel like just giving them all a big shove, I know.
  13. by   BadBird
    I just yell out "move it or lose it" Works every time. I could care less about the looks because I can give a look too. What gets me is when we have a code and all the residents show up, fill up the room and just stand there, If they don't know what to do get out of the way. I have heard some ER docs yell if you aren't doing anything get out! I know they have to learn buy why not just give a code schedule where only a few show up at a time. Nothing like trying to get to the crash cart and someone is standing in front of it. One ER doc yelled at a resident for blocking his view of the monitor. Oh well, just venting here.
  14. by   NurseLKY
    On my unit we have a very nice doctors area with computers, fax , phones and reference books. Then why do they have to sit in the nurses station and use our phones and computers. There are some days we can't answer the other lines on our main phone because all the doctors are using them. When I can't find a place to chart I will go back to their area and they give me this look like you don't belong here. I feel your alls pain.

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