Stupid questions/comments made by doctors! - page 3

What kind of stupid questions have you been asked by a physician? You know, the kind that just make you want to scream. I had a patient the other day who was having big time mental status changes. ... Read More

  1. by   jojotoo
    Quote from Tweety
    If on a doctor's thread there was a "Stupid Nurses" thread how would you feel?

    I wouldn't feel bad. There ARE stupid nurses out there - lots of them; along with stupid physicians, lab techs, xray techs, etc. One of the biggest parts of my job is keeping track of stupid people in general. I don't mean that in a mean way, but somebody has to keep an eye on them.
  2. by   donsterRN
    Quote from Tweety
    It doesn't build our profession up, or make me feel about it any better about myself to bash physicians, so i won't.

    If on a doctor's thread there was a "Stupid Nurses" thread how would you feel?
    Ditto, that. To do so clearly creates a we vs. them environment which isn't healthy for anyone. We should be trying to work together; you know, same goals and all...
  3. by   ElvishDNP
    Plenty of stupid in this world to be evenly spread among all professions, walks of life, socioeconomic strata. Just venting, IMO.
  4. by   miss arron
    i went with my bf to see his psychiatrist earlier this year b/c he wasn't doing well and wanted me to give the psychiatrist my view on his behavior/moods. so he/I explain how things are going downhill - he ups his meds, gives some lunesta, and sends him on his merry way. fyi - he's struggling with severe depression at this point.

    less than 2 weeks later my bf makes a failed suicide attempt that lands him in ccu for awhile (he's doing much better now though). his psychiatrist comes down b/c he's the resident on the behaviorial health floor in the hospital to do an eval. and i kid you not, the first words out of his mouth:

    "What happened - I thought you were doing well?"

    :angryfire
  5. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Had a doc stop at the nurses' station with his MA (i think they're dating too btw) and tell me that pt X's IV line had infiltrated b/c the IV pump was beeping. The VTBI had just been completed - that's all. BIG, blinking screen even said so!

    Oh, but gosh, he got to look soooo smart, letting the nurse know something was going on that she wasn't keeping an eye on...
  6. by   HeatherB,CST
    Quote from Tweety
    It doesn't build our profession up, or make me feel about it any better about myself to bash physicians, so i won't.

    If on a doctor's thread there was a "Stupid Nurses" thread how would you feel?
    I'll eat my hat if there's NOT a thread like that out there somewhere.
  7. by   CRNI-ICU20
    after my 93 year old patient was wheeled septic into the ICU; and after his doctors (yes...there were five on his case) had sat on his increasingly acute belly for FIVE DAYS, and after the surgeon finally correctly diagnosed him with a perforated colon; and after he was intubated, lined, labbed, and sent to OR.....his primary doctor comes in and says to me:
    "is there anything YOU need from me???"
    ugh.
  8. by   fultzymom
    Quote from Tweety
    It doesn't build our profession up, or make me feel about it any better about myself to bash physicians, so i won't.

    If on a doctor's thread there was a "Stupid Nurses" thread how would you feel?
    I think we have posted several different times about stupid mistakes we have made ourselves et mistakes we have seen other nurses make. I laugh at them et post there too!
  9. by   ShayRN
    I had a resident write an order to feed the patient. Called him and said, did you not see the swallow study? Patient flunked. He said, well, just feed him anyway and see what happens Told him I KNOW what will happen, he will aspirate and get pneumonia! I called the Chief and asked him if he would please call his resident and go over swallow studies again, oh and I got the order for NPO.
  10. by   GrnHonu99
    My pt. is seizing, lucky for me her neurologist was sitting right outside her room! I proceed to knock on the window and tell her that our pt. is seizing. She runs into the room and looks at me and says...uhhh...oh shes having a seizure, what should we do?????

    I say..uhhh...ativan?
  11. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Had a doc stop at the nurses' station with his MA (i think they're dating too btw) and tell me that pt X's IV line had infiltrated b/c the IV pump was beeping. The VTBI had just been completed - that's all. BIG, blinking screen even said so!

    Oh, but gosh, he got to look soooo smart, letting the nurse know something was going on that she wasn't keeping an eye on...
    LOL. I had a doc come find me for another nurse's pts as she wasn't in the room and he wanted to turn off the IV fluids...so he walked all the way down our loooong hall (seriously its really long) to find me and ask me if we could stop pt. X's fluids...I say, sure, just switch the pump off...he stared at me like I was speaking another language...I had to walk all the way down the hall to show him how to press the POWER button!

    Or the neurosurgeon who asked me (while fiddling with the ICP machine)...how do you work this thing? How do I get this bag off?
  12. by   Jo Dirt
    In the nursing home I had a patient with chest pains so I called the doctor. When I told him who it was he said, "I can't place her in my mind right now...what does she look like?"

    Well, she has gray hair and wrinkles and rides around in a wheelchair...which describes about 98% of the people in the facility.

    Of course, he told me my description didn't help him. He has a reputation for being kind of bumbling and absent-minded anyway so that he would seriously ask something like this was no shocker.
  13. by   TrudyRN
    I see now that I have made the right decision - stay away from docs unless conscious and can fight for myself (and loved ones); someone must be with the patient every second if any of them are to ever survive; There was a book many years back called "Nurse: Doctors Don't Keep You Alive, I Do" but I have never been able to find it.

    Thank God some nurses are keeping tabs on their patients.
    Don't be too hard on the docs, though. Just look at all the spelling and grammatical errors on this board, all the improper use of words, and you'll see that we all have room to improve. Try not to be bitter or vain - these lead only to more misery. Just gently accept your nurse role and help the docs help the patients. Go over their heads PRN.

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