UHGGGG!!!! DOCTORS!!! - page 2

by livinthedreamRN

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I just have to vent!!! I'm at work today and I hear Dr. A complain to Dr. B that he received a written reprimand for using an unapproved abreviation for a drug he wrote for a patient. Then he proceeds to blame the nurse who... Read More


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    Quote from annacnatorn
    I personally think all MD's need to take a writing course. Their writing is horrible. If they can't write legibly, then they need to print it out or type it or verbal transcription to the Nurse with the MD's signature.

    While in Hospice, we had an MD who notoriously wrote on notes left in Patients homes so bad we could not read his writing...more of a scribble with a few highs and lows...after several calls at 2 am for clarification, that fixed his butt but good!
    We have a doc who actually cannot read his own orders sometimes.
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    Quote from tyvin
    I'm going to play Devil' Advocate here and side with the doc. As RN's it is our responsibility to catch mistakes and notify the doc. A doctor is only as good as his nurse.

    That's all.
    I do agree that catching and reporting mistakes is part of an RN's responsibility. But if both did something wrong - the MD for using the abbreviation, and the RN for accepting the abbreviation - then it's pretty sketchy for the MD to be pointing at the RN's mistake as if he didn't make one himself.
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    Nurses will continue to be the fall guy/gal. Fair or not, that's just the way it is. There is a doc at my hospital who is well known for his bad behavior including verbally abusing the nurses and throwing/slamming charts, dictaphone, etc. His behavior continues because it's tolerated by hospital administration. Why?? Because docs generate income, nurses don't. Twas ever thus...
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    Quote from rhymeswithlibrarian
    I do agree that catching and reporting mistakes is part of an RN's responsibility. But if both did something wrong - the MD for using the abbreviation, and the RN for accepting the abbreviation - then it's pretty sketchy for the MD to be pointing at the RN's mistake as if he didn't make one himself.
    I don't put up with pansy docs. If you don't teach them and take a stand they will not respect you. I have almost lost my job more then once for doctors complaining about me but in both instances after the docs had time to think they apologized to me.

    They can get so caught up and part of my job is taking care of the doctor; looking out for any errors and things they might have missed. We work together as a team best when there is mutual respect.

    But in the end you need to look after your license and if med errors come up there is no excuse an RN can make to get out of it because we are the ones who write and transcribe them. If we do this "Oh it's written wrong thing" is not conducive for patient care or unit comradery.

    I know there are *******s out there but be the better person; after all we are advocatess to all. And you would really be surprised how accepting some docs can be.
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    My personal preference is that if I have a problem with someone or something they've done I discuss it with them first, and expect the same courtesy. If we can't resolve the problem it goes to the appropriate higher authority. Save somebody's asterisk a few times and it's amazing what good friends you become. But that's just me, your mileage may vary.
    Hoozdo likes this.
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    Should have phoned the bugger at dead of night just for fun, see how he likes that.... Some doctors write so illegibly you'd swear they were illiterate-"Excuse me, doc, you didn't sign this order, please put your X HERE." I usually call them back and tell them I don't understand their language, can they please translate.
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    I'm not a nurse yet but I do work in a pharmacy. The scripts I see sometimes are crazy. I think it should be a law that all scripts are typed out. The worst I've seen was a script that all you could see was a capital D (maybe?) followed by scribbles. Under it were two more small scribbles. After calling the doctor's office we found out it was for Darvocet N-100. The 2 small scribbles were "1 q4h prn for pain". Now I know this is the normal dose but we couldn't even make out the Darvocet portion of the script. All scripts from this doctor look like this and even his nurse apologized for him saying that she has to clarify all the time. My pharmacist said he should be reported to the medical board.
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    Quote from annacnatorn
    I personally think all MD's need to take a writing course. Their writing is horrible. If they can't write legibly, then they need to print it out or type it or verbal transcription to the Nurse with the MD's signature.

    While in Hospice, we had an MD who notoriously wrote on notes left in Patients homes so bad we could not read his writing...more of a scribble with a few highs and lows...after several calls at 2 am for clarification, that fixed his butt but good!
    Agree. I also want to say...I wish (the few) docs, nurses that use cursive writing should start to print write--it is easier to read. When I was little I was forced to write cursive--and now I print because not everybody can read cursive writing. Not everybodys writing style is perfect but printing is a little easier to read


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