Quote from RNGummy40
As I pulled through the drive through one of the baristas, I usually get coffee from, noticed I has a stethoscope in my car. She asked me if I was a doctor? I told her that I was a Registered Nurse. She looked gobsmacked by my response. She then advised me to "Act Like a DOCTOR!," because I used a stethoscope! OMG!
I responded, No Thank You, I am proud to be a Nurse! Nurses keep patients alive! She tried to press her perspective that doctors were better and that they are the ones who save lives. That just made me boil.
I retorted: We are the first the in patient's rooms, and when a patient's heart stops, we are the ones in their rooms trying to keep them alive!!! Respect the Nurses!!!
I'm a Scandinavian and our workplaces are very egalitarian and both unions and worker's rights are strong, but even here an employee who regularly engaged in expressing unsolicited opinions, bordering on rants, to their customers would most likely receive some type of reprimand. I'm a bit surprised this barista behaved that way, including what from your text looks like screaming the word doctor. Anyway, if it were me I wouldn't let her rent any space in my head, it's really not worth the aggravation. We're all entitled to our opinions, even she, no matter how misguided.
Its just been a full circle week: trying to prevent narcotic errors from Doctors who prescribe, don't verify, and clearly don't understand the impact to their patients they are taking care off. Doctors prescribing and not following REM guidelines and ignoring nursing concerns, till multiple staff members are saying, "wake up and listen."
We do so much, and there is a big difference from prescribing and administering. Administration is a lot more work, but that does not mean that we administrators don't understand prescribing criteria.
I don't know what type of physicians you work with, but the ones I work with are pretty smart and most are dedicated to doing the job to the best of their abilities. Often though, they face the same challenges that nurses do, too many patients and not enough time.
Of course they will make mistakes occasionally, they are human after all, and hopefully there is someone around to catch it before a patient is harmed. That's in my opinion simply a part of multidisciplinary teamwork.
I might be misinterpreting your post, and perhaps this is more of a vent after a rough week
than a true reflection of how you view physicians, but what I take away from your post is that you think that nurses have the necessary knowledge to do a physician's job, and that doctors are just clueless klutzes in constant need of rescuing. I personally don't agree with that.
I think that it's entirely possible to expect/demand respect for the nursing profession without resorting to "doctor-bashing". The job we do is important and valuble and it makes a difference in patient's lives. It also oftentimes comes with some major stressors attached, but the same can be said for physicians. It's not an us vs. them
relationship, we're both integral parts of the healthcare team.
Just a side note, I do
wonder what the barista had in mind when she said act
like a doctor
doctors act when sitting in their cars ordering coffee? If you do decide to go back there despite the strange staff they employ, perhaps you could ask her