My observations is that male nurses DO NOT get yelled at. I think it's a male thing. Doctors may think twice before yelling at someone who could deck them if they chose to. Maybe that's it. :chuckle
Now as for abusive doctors. I can only think of one doctor that I work near that if he were to have an MI, and I was the only one in the room, I'd step over his body and go get a cup of coffee.
He could drop dead tomorrow and I wouldn't feel a thing about it. But I work with probably somewhere around 45-50 surgeons (including the residents) and he's the only one who is abusive, the rest are pretty good guys and I enjoy working with them. And also, the one and only time the above doctor screamed at me, I wrote up a 2 page report, forwarded it to HR, and then told the director of the OR that if he screamed at me again, I would file complaints with every applicable department in the hospital and then get an attorney because it was a hostile work enviornment and sexual harrassment (he never yells at the male nurses, ever). I think they took me at my word because they never put me in an OR with him. But I work in a university hospital and the nurses are very autonomous here. Truly bad behavior is not acceptable. We don't have to take a lot of crap off anyone. I don't know what I'd do in a private hospital but I think it would depend on what happened. There's a difference between snide and petty remarks by a physician and true verbal abuse. Throwing things is assault.
I actually get angier at how some fellow nurses act, I think they are many times worse than the doctors.