Anna Flaxis, ASN 19,524 Views
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All4NursingRN, what do you hope to accomplish?
His behavior was definitely rude, but did it impact patient care in any way?
What do you think a union rep or HR might do about a co-worker butting in on a conversation that had nothing to do with patient care?
You could try to talk to the physician in question, but I'm not certain how constructive that would be.
I would suggest letting it go. The best time to deal with things like this is in the moment, and the moment has passed.
I must say it sounds like he has the world's crappiest schedule. That doesn't excuse him acting like a horse's behind, but taking call every day for a month? I. Just. Can't. Even.
Once in awhile this ER doc calls the nurses monkeys. Being as I'm new, I haven't heard it for my self yet. The subject just came up when I was telling another nurse that this doc had just explained to another doc on behalf of our new ER Physician Assistant that 'PA school is like nursing school, but for smarter people.'
How would you interact with someone who such an apparent disdain for nurses and other health care personnel?
We do this quite often, as we are a small hospital and specialties are frequently unavailable. How we handle it depends. For instance, if it's an interfacility transport, we handle it like an EMTALA transfer except they go POV. If the specialist wants the person to come to their clinic, or meet them at the ED of the other facility, then we discharge them. We only ask them to sign AMA if the physician does not agree with their wish to go POV. If the physician thinks it is safe to go POV, then we do not ask them to sign AMA.
I was just curious how others handled this type of situation.
I helped start our unit practice council. Processes, since they relate to nursing practice, are very much within the scope of a unit based council. Is there a specific process you'd like to start with? I suggest attending the next unit based council meeting and getting it on the agenda.
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