I am a senior nursing student with one semester left (woohoo). I recently finished my maternity nursing rotation. During this rotation I had the privilege of observing in the labor and delivery room. I helped to care for a single woman giving birth to her 3rd child. She had NO support person with her, which really got to me. I told her that if she wanted me to, I would stay with her.
She had a history of delivering fast. The doc came in and broke her water, and she started to dialate and efface rather quickly. The anesthesiologist was paged to do her epidural. She began to progress in the first stage, (maybe late active). She was in PAIN and asked the anesthetist to please hurry.
He stated in a cocky manner "Hurry? You want me to Hurry? I am dealing with you spinal cord and you want me to Hurry? We can't hurry in situations like this."
She was quiet for a few more minutes, while the doctor continued to mumble "she wants me to hurry". Her pain escalated and she was crying. She began to get impatient again, She was crying while asking him to hurry please.
(I didn't see her as being impatient, but the doc did, thats what I meant)
The doctor said in a stern voice, "Oh you want me to hurry. Maybe if you were a little bit smaller I would be able to go faster, but you're not. You want me to hurry, but if I hurry and we have an accident, who are you going to sue? Are you going to sue her?" Then he pointed at the RN in the room. "Are you going to sue Me?" Meaning himself
The patient was crying and said "no" in a small voice.
The epidural was finally complete, (yet ineffective for pain relief D/T her being so far progressed).
The RN never said anything to the doctor during this entire situation. I didn't say anything during this situation
. I was in the background "observing". I felt intimidated by this doctor. I can't imagine how the patient felt. I NEVER want this to happen again, whether I am a student nurse, or a working RN. I realize it is my duty to be a patient advocate, who else will be? But what could I have said or done in this situation?
I hope that assertivness and confidence comes to me soon, because I obviously had none during this situation.
What would you have done?
Please don't tear me apart for not doing what I should have done. I feel bad enough for letting him put her down the way he did. I'm looking for some constructive criticism. Please?