Quote from cyberkat
Remember, they are new too. They are constantly getting chewed out by their superiors. Some may try to take it out on you. Most know they don't know anything and will often be very greatful for help from nurses.
Last year I started right after the new batch of residents came in. They were terrified of nurses. Not sure what they were told in medical school about us.
Anyway, teach those who are willing to be taught. But don't take any crap from those who are too cocky for their own good.
Oops. Did you mean medical interns or nursing interns?
I really liked this answer. Many (I like to think most ...) of the residents/interns are really nice people who just happened to be under a lot of stress. There is no reason to treat them badly. We nurses should be helping them to learn and to grow and to further develop into terrific attending physicians.
Some are too cocky for their own good ... and we need to also help them continue to develop as physicians. That means helping them learn to maintain positive relationships with the nurses.
Good or bad ... everyone on the team should be helping each other to develop more skills and working towards positive, productive relationships. Sometimes that means taking a cocky, obnoxious resident down a peg or two ... but more often than not, it means providing them with some positive, gently guidance in the right direction.
Teach them that the nurses can be their greatest asset and they will show respect for nurses throughout their career.