Stupid questions/comments made by doctors! - page 4

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   puggymae
    As I am standing there doing chest compressions on a patient the doctor rushes in and yells "she was dead when you started CPR right?"
    No, I just want to exercise my back and arms.
  2. by   crissrn27
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=412827

    http://www.mommd.com/ubb/ultimatebb....1;t=000020;p=2


    Hope this makes you guys feel better.........they blow off steam just like we do. There are stupid people and people that occasionally do stupid things (ie...everyone) everywhere. And come on, it's funny!

    My fav was a doctor that wanted to deliver his own baby. OB lets him, with assistance of course. This guy was just tooting his on horn all through labor and delivery, ya know "big bad doc" in the house kinda attitude.

    After the delivery he ask, several times, what the babies "AGAR" scores are. Everyone was talking about that one for days! I was 16 when I had my DS and I had read enough to ask what his "APGAR" score was. Never heard of an "AGAR".

    Turns out the guy was a dermatologist, guess he didn't pay much attention in his OB classes, and didn't bother to brush up before his child was born.
    Last edit by crissrn27 on Jun 28, '07 : Reason: to add
  3. by   EmmaG
    Just the other day, a patient told me his doc went into a tizzy and threw the manual BP cuff against the wall because he couldn't figure out how to use it. When the patient explained to him that I'd been using it all night, and it seemed to work just fine, he said, "Well I didn't go to nursing school!"

  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from fultzymom
    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!
    But would you be laughing if on a doctor's forum it was a "stupid nurses" thread?
  5. by   jmgrn65
    tweety I understand what you are saying. But really do you think doctors are going to be on this forum.
    ANd yes I would laughing if i was on a doctors forum and they had stupid nurses. THey are stupid_________ in every profession.
    ANd besides this is a place to blow off steam and say things that you might not be able to say. Right?
  6. by   katfishLPN
    Quote from deespoohbear
    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. I finally convinced the doctor that something wasn't right, and we needed to try to find out why. He ordered some labs. I called him with the results which included a high potassium, a low sodium, and a glucose over 300. The elderly patient had no history of diabetes. The physician called me and was asking me why the patient's glucose was high. Never mind the potassium, he was freaked out over the glucose. He kept asking me why it was high and kept stating that she had no history of diabetes. This doc is oriental, so his English is broken. Anyway, after the third time I said," I have no idea why the glucose is high. You're the doctor, you tell me." I could have just jumped through the phone and slapped him!! Don't you just love it when the docs ask you these kind of questions?
    I had a little old lady with a raging UTI and she was obviously in pain. I called the doc (he was a new doc) and he said to me "Well at her age we have reason not to treat." I said "I know her family and they would want her treated." So he ordered antibiotics but geez I mean just 'cause someone is old doesn't mean we should let them die from a UTI!!!
  7. by   caroladybelle
    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?
    Actually there are many "Stupidest thing a nurse did/called/paged about" threads on SDN, as well as other BB. Plus regular entries in other threads about nursing inabilities. There is often a new one every few monthes, in some form or another...especially in July.

    Do I like these threads - NO! - Do they serve a useful purpose? Not always, but they can. Some of us actually post there and help correct misconceptions that MDs and future MDs have about nursing. While it may not work on all MD bad behavior, if it changes a mind or two, maybe it is worth it. They need to be presented with our views of behavior, as we need to be aware of their views.

    Some truly have no clue of our scope of practice and we can educate them.....just as they can educate us about theirs.

    MDs also, like nurses, need to be able to vent.

    There are a lot of posts here that "pick on" various groups - some can increase knowledge and be used to clear up misconceptions. Just think of how the public would view much of what we (or for that matter, what MDs) think?
  8. by   Ann RN
    Quote from Tweety
    But would you be laughing if on a doctor's forum it was a "stupid nurses" thread?
    Actually, I would. We all need a place to vent. As other posters have said, there are stupid people in every profession. And if the stories about "stupid nurses" were true (I'd laugh either way); they should be heard and learned from.
  9. by   Ann RN
    I had a patient in the week that our new interns started. A septic patient had a temp of 105.1. The intern asked if we had IV tylenol so it would work faster!

    I had a pt. s/p OHS with a balloon pump. He lost his pulse in the balloon leg. When notified, the resident replied, "Don't worry - he has a pulse in his other leg"!
  10. by   biker nurse
    Ya'll quit being so touchy. Didn't I see a thread about the stupidest things we've(ourselves) said???
  11. by   Tweety
    Quote from jmgrn65
    tweety I understand what you are saying. But really do you think doctors are going to be on this forum.
    Yes. The student doctors forum quotes Allnurses occasionally, or references a thing they heard here without mentioning us. Just as nurses cruise their websites.
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from biker nurse
    Ya'll quit being so touchy. Didn't I see a thread about the stupidest things we've(ourselves) said???
    I resent the flame, but can take it. We're all entitled to define what bothers us and what is funny or not without being called "touchy".

    I won't get defensive. Carry on.

    Last edit by Tweety on Jun 29, '07
  13. by   CRNI-ICU20
    I think the "doc talk" thread here is equally balanced by the "scarey-ist thing you ever saw another nurse do" thread.....
    It just shows you that none of us are God/goddesses...(wink wink) and all of us have the ability to pull some real bone-headed stunts from time to time....
    I like reading about how the rest of the world operates....it gives me a sense of orientation....a sort of social pro-prioception, if you will...
    I realize that some of my own mistakes have been both a good teacher and task master....and I also learn from others' as well...
    You know the "DESPAIR" CALENDARS.....(just Google Despair Calendars) and you will find a wonderful source of self deprecation and madness to hang on your walls....(hehehe)....but there's one that says something like, "Your life serves not as an example to others, but as a living warning...." or something to that effect....
    I'd like to think that if we can look seriously at serious problems and lightheartedly at lighthearted problems, we go through life a whole lot less stressed out...
    I am one of my biggest critics....but I also am learning that I am also pretty funny sometimes....and it's kind of nice to bring smiles to the faces of those I work around...it makes our jobs so much more pleasurable when we can share a good laugh....
    I am sure the docs have plenty of great nurse stories and even tell a few on themselves....they are, afterall, humans...
    and unlike Star Trek Vulcans....they do express humor...(uh oh...there goes that eyebrow again!!!)
    "a merry heart doeth good like a medicine" Proverbs from the Bible.crni

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