I am a new nurse, and have been fortunate enough to work with respectful doctors and NPs--until last week! One of my patients was concerned because the doctor told him he would be back to see him after lunch to re-pack his abd wound, and at 8 pm still no sign of MD. Pt was also requesting pain medicine. I realize that that isn't emergent, but decided to go ahead and call since it's been 8 hours and my pt is getting uncomfortable. So I page the doctor, and he calls me back 2 minutes later. I start to explain the situation to him, and he cuts me off and snaps, "Right now I'm in the middle of intubating a man who's about to die, so I don't have time for that at the moment!" Um yeah ok, if you're intubating someone right this second, why are you calling me back? HA He did come up to see my patient minutes later and all was well. I didn't say anything to him and just let it go. He has been reported multiple times for being hateful to nurses and nothing has ever come of it so I don't plan on going that route. Just curious as to how other more experienced nurses handle hateful doctors?
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I don't care if someone's rude at work, doctors, patients, coworkers. I'm not there for my personal enjoyment, convenience, or self-esteem. If I'm there, it's because I've sold 12 hours of my life to the hospital. That chunk of my life doesn't belong to me any more. A deal's a deal.
Lol, I agree!
OP, keep an open mind. Two of the most brilliant docs I know are complete ***** until they really get to know and trust you as a nurse and I have learned way more from those two than I have from all the other really nice doctors put together. He may just be a jerk but he may also have important knowledge that you can get from him.
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