Quote from TheCommuter
At my workplace, the nurse is expected to give up his/her seat to the physician, because MDs are considered revenue generators for the facility, whereas staff nurses are regarded as 'expenditures'.
I do not follow the doctors while they're making patient rounds, unless they specifically request for the nurse to follow them into each room. When I am accompanying a doctor during rounds, I usually say nothing unless he or she has a question for me. I typically do nothing, unless the doctor asks to see a surgical incision or body part.
I do not hang around the nurses station when the doctor is writing new orders. Usually, I'll go off into a corner and finish up on my charting. I normally wait until the doctor leaves before I begin following through on the new orders.
At my facility, the doctors have implied that they do not want any input from nurses. The nurses who attempt to report changes in condition or make suggestions are marginalized. Therefore, I tend to stay out of sight and out of mind unless my presence is specifically requested.
In addition, some docs make bizarre personal requests for coffee, changing the channel of the television so he can watch the game, and so on. I am not a waitress, so I avoid the doctors who tend to make these demands.
I don't need to know what state you are in (although I'd guess the South), but what DECADE is this hospital in??? Sounds like a time warp to me!
If I move from my seat for anyone it's because it is convenient to me and I can see they need the equipment I'm sitting at (phone, computer, etc.) or they are much older than me (which is getting to be a rarity nowadays) or if I know from being around them that they've just had the night from H*ll. Basic consideration, never subservience.
As for making coffee, the last time a doc made that request more than once, I took him by the arm, led him to the kitchen and said "Let me inservice you on operating this complicated piece of machinery..."
There is no place in our profession ( or my life!) for slinking, cringing or kowtowing to anyone!
Edited to add: If you want to have some excitement, PM me the name of the facility - I'll look for a contract there. Then you can sit back and watch the fireworks! ( A born rabble rouser, that's me!)