I think quite a few things need to be looked at when asking this question. There are doctors, administrators, patients and the general public. There are patients that totally respect a nurse (m/b 30% IMO). There are people that have the, "your only a nurse attitude". These people are the people that show immense ignorance towards nurses, as well as illrespect. I think many people have no idea the knowledge, and intelligence it takes to be a good nurse. These people don't beleive anything the nurse tells them, then the doc tells them the same thing the nurse told them. However, because they heard it from a doctor, they will now beleive it. I also think that there is a large population of people/patients, that have no idea how understaffed some places are d/t insurance issues. They feel if though they are being neglected, and the nurse is the one that is in contact with the patient the most. Tere fore she will take all the heat, bickering and complaints.
I think from the doctors point of view, it's an experience thing. They are in contact with nurses all the time. There are great, super smart nurses, who probably should be licensed to practice medicine. However, there are also extremely ignorant, no common sense low iq nurses. I've seen this first hand. So what you have to remember is that docs see this also. It's esay to fall into the sterotype trap, they are all dumb. The bottom line is you have to prove yourself to most docs. There will always be some that you, nor any other nurse can make an impression on. Don't know what else to say? I think if you deal with a lot of disrespectfull people on a regular basis, burnout comes quicker.