A surgeon yelled at me... - page 2

....so I hung up the phone in mid rant. I had 2 hypotensive patients. One was orthostatic; one was due to exsanguination. I'm on the phone with 4 doctors, CT, blood bank,the nursing supervisor,CVICU,... Read More

  1. by   Rustyhammer
    Uppity women are so cool!
    -Russell
  2. by   CATHYW
    I am really proud of you, MollyMo! If more of these egocentric physicians knew that they were going to be written up, they might not be as likely to run their mouths.
    DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT be intimidated when in the presence of this physician. Do not treat him any differently than you ever did. Don't drop your eyes, or be more subservient to him. Fat chance! :-) Stand your ground. Our patients always come first! Our egos usually come in at least second!
  3. by   NCTraumaNurse
    I have to say that you have given me a new way to deal with doctors who yell at me. Can't believe I didn't think of that before! Good for you!
  4. by   NCTraumaNurse
    Anybody know how to hang up in person.....
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    Yes. You simply turn around and walk away.
  6. by   CATHYW
    Yup! Simply say, "excuse me," and split! (Preferably to your charge or Manager to let them know what is going on-you can bet your sweet patootie that the Dr. will beat feet to "tattle on you!"
  7. by   fedupnurse
    You can use my line: "I did not hold a gun to your head and force you to go to medical school. I did not then hold that gun to your head and force you into (specialty here). If you didn't want to be here at this hour to deal with this problem you should have gone into dermatology." I cannot count how many surgeons and cardiologists I have said that to over the past 10 years. It has shut every single one of them up.
    Way to go. Glad your supervisor supported you. Too bad said supervisor wasn't there to actually help you deal with what sounded like a very unsafe situation!
    Keep up the good work.
  8. by   Lacey
    We have one notorious idiot surgeon that has hissy fits in person and on the phone. Typically we get his post-ops to the floor and he never bothers to write for tylenol or diet instructions etc. One time the night nurse kept calling him because his pt. kept vomiting, had an extended abdomen and fever.He yelled at her that abdominal surgeries always go like that and she should know that. Well, finally, the patient started projectile vominting about 5:30 am and had to go back to surgery, turns out he left a sponge in her! Of course, she never got an apology, but now his nickname is SpongeBob!
    Last edit by Lacey on Oct 1, '02
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    Good for you, Molly Mo! And you know to call the posse if necessary, right? Meds aren't the only thing we can give out..
    Last edit by LasVegasRN on Oct 1, '02
  10. by   MollyMo
    God Bless you all for your support. Monday was uneventful. I saw the surgeon in CVICU. He averted his eyes and said nothing. I think the supervisor wrote him up as well. He called me that night and asked for specific details about the patient and what the surgeon said to me. I am woman, hear me roar!!! Thanks, all. Be Blessed. :kiss
  11. by   MollyMo
    Originally posted by Michigan Nurse
    Anybody know how to hang up in person.....

    Tell them if they wanted banker's hours they should have become one.
  12. by   zudy
    Hooray for the good guys!! You did great Molly!! One thing we do to doctors that are abusive on the phone ( and I realize that you didn't have time to do this during this call from this charming doctor, just a thought for the future) is to have another nurse listening on the line and INFORM the doctor that there are 2 nurses listening to his orders. Strength in numbers, even if it is just 2 of us. My fovarite line to this type of person is "When you earn my respect, you will get it, no matter what letters you have after your name. Until then, when you act like a child, you will be treated as one."
  13. by   deespoohbear
    originally posted by fedupnurse
    you can use my line: "i did not hold a gun to your head and force you to go to medical school. i did not then hold that gun to your head and force you into (specialty here). if you didn't want to be here at this hour to deal with this problem you should have gone into dermatology." i cannot count how many surgeons and cardiologists i have said that to over the past 10 years. it has shut every single one of them up.
    way to go. glad your supervisor supported you. too bad said supervisor wasn't there to actually help you deal with what sounded like a very unsafe situation!
    keep up the good work.


    absolutely the best i have heard!! i love it. it is definitely going into my "memory bank" for future reference. have a surgeon i need to try it out on!! thanks a million!!!:roll

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