Little bit of a rant about a particular pet peeve of mine here. I was taught years ago in nursing school--don't apologize to the doctor for calling him/her. So many times I hear other nurses, especially new grads, do this, and it makes me just cringe! Who told them they need to apologize for doing their jobs and taking care of their patients? It just brings down the entire profession, in my view. We are not making social calls when we call the doctors, we are notifying them of things that we, in our professional, trained opinion, feel they need to know in order so that they can do their jobs correctly as well and, most importantly, to protect the well being of the patient. It just irks the heck out of me!
I don't usually apologize to drs. However, if I were calling at three o'clock in the morning I would probably apologize for waking them up; and on the rare occasions that I have to call the on-call late for some trivial paperwork/documentation issue that needs to be clarified because of an error on our end, I'll acknowledge that it's a pain that I have to disturb them outside of office hours.
I'll also add here that just because there are unpleasant things that we are expected to do in the course of our work (i.e. a dr. being tied to a phone and fielding phone calls for 24-48 hours at a stretch or a nurse being required to clean up a flood of stool from a patient being prepped for a colonoscopy) that doesn't mean that we can't be kind to each other and acknowledge the trials of the job in our interactions.
At any rate, the topic has already been beaten to death in this thread:
There must be something in the air today, a lot of people on this site feeling out of sorts, irritated, and put upon.
Last edit by mazy on Feb 2, '12
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