I love my job. I love nursing! I've done just about a little of everything.............and the one thing that has burned me out over the years hasn't been the patient load or the pay or my fellow nurses or administration or the crazy families or the hours, etc....It's having to deal with doctors. Right now I'm a charge nurse on a med surg floor-I can honestly say all the other aggravations of my job don't hold a candle to the physicians who come in to yell at me specifically about a nurse calling them at 3 am for a tylenol order (for example). I feel for the doctors- I sure wouldn't want to be awakened for that-but I can't be here 24 hours a day! I wish that the MDs would direct their ire at the appropriate parties for a change.........anyone else having this problem?
Jun 12, '11
by tokmom, BSN, RN
Yelling at me No. They know better. Be grumpy and complain, yeah...whatever. I let them vent. I also do feel their pain though about being awakend multiple times a night. One of our docs was awakend 9 times by just one nurse! That is stupid and her questions and requests could have been taken care of in a group phone call. If a pt needs something now, and it can't wait a bit to see if others need to call, I of course will call.
I then touch base with the nurses and tell them to please group their calls if able and to run the questions past more senior nurses to see if the dr really does need to be bothered.
If you are getting yelled at, take it up the food chain.
Last edit by tokmom on Jun 12, '11