Do doctors have any idea what we nurses do? lol

  1. 22 As a pregnant nurse, the 12 hour shift is taking its toll on my body. My doctor looked at me with a straight face and said "can't you just put your feet up for 30 minutes every 3 hours or so?" Um, you have been to the hospital before right? I barely have time to pee never mind having a leisurely sit with my feet up every few hours. Kind of makes me wonder what they THINK we do at work. Just got a good laugh out of that, though you all might enjoy it as well!
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  3. Visit  missladyrn} profile page

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    Joined Jan '11; Posts: 241; Likes: 560.

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  4. Visit  SoldierNurse22} profile page
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    Nope, they don't. And your story is an excellent testimonial to that fact!
  5. Visit  KelRN215} profile page
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    The short answer is NO. They have no idea.
    twinkletoes53, LTCNS, missladyrn, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  eatmysoxRN} profile page
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    I think they know what I do about as much as I know what they do. (atleast some of them who seem to put in contradicting orders like they're watching me on a camera switch through 4 different types of fluids and laughing).

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
    Vespertinas, sapphire18, gcupid, and 3 others like this.
  7. Visit  dah doh} profile page
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    I think you have the wrong doctor! My OB told me "I'll take you off work whenever you like, but definitely at 36 weeks." When I asked "why" because I felt fine. Her response was "because I know what you do (for a living)!" I wasn't happy at the time, but at 36 weeks, I had 4 doctor appointments per week so I'm glad I didn't have to juggle working full time and all those doctor appointments!
    JZ_RN, twinkletoes53, anotherone, and 4 others like this.
  8. Visit  Esme12} profile page
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    NO....they believe we sit around and make their lives miserable
    monkeybug, JZ_RN, anotherone, and 6 others like this.
  9. Visit  CodeteamB} profile page
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    Lol, mine wrote me a prescription for "light duties, no lifting". My manager and I had a good chuckle over that one.
    JZ_RN, twinkletoes53, anotherone, and 2 others like this.
  10. Visit  Tait} profile page
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    I think it was sweet of the doc to even ask.
    missladyrn likes this.
  11. Visit  al586} profile page
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    They have no idea. Until I see a doc wiping a patient's behind, I will not believe they have the slightest idea of all we do.
    GrnTea, JZ_RN, kayak007, and 4 others like this.
  12. Visit  missladyrn} profile page
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    Seriously, for a minute I thought he was joking. Then when I realized he wasn't I almost laughed myself off the table.
    sapphire18, JZ_RN, twinkletoes53, and 1 other like this.
  13. Visit  eatmysoxRN} profile page
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    Quote from al586
    They have no idea. Until I see a doc wiping a patient's behind, I will not believe they have the slightest idea of all we do.
    I have actually had a couple of docs assist with that! It was on large patients when we were understaffed. I was on one side, them on the other. We both wiped and applied a new diaper and pad. It was refreshing and I heard no complaints.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  14. Visit  AWanderingMinstral} profile page
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    I think many doctors DO know what we do...and that's why they're doctors. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a doctor asks me why another doctor ordered a particular medication. Um, aren't you a doctor? I'm never sure if it's because he actually thinks I know exactly why a particular medication was ordered or if he (and yes, it's always a male doctor) simply wants to tell me why it was ordered in an attempt to appear superior. I JUST experienced this last night when asked why a patient was ordered (by the orthopedic surgeon) IV vitamin K. I stated that the patient's INR was 2.2 and, on our orthopedics unit, that is why it was ordered. Instead of accepting my response, he rambled on and on and I ultimately told him to "ask [his] MD friend." Ugh.
    BSNbeDONE and SoldierNurse22 like this.
  15. Visit  Roseyposey} profile page
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    That's so familiar. We have a doc who hates all anti-emetics except Zofran. When it didn't work, I called for further orders and was given an order for Anzemet. uhhhhmmmmmm......So when that didn't work, I stopped our on-call anesthesiologist and asked him for another order. He said something to the effect of why did you give Anzemet when Zofran didn't work, they are the same drug. I wanted to say, "Well, I'll be darned, when I was giving meds without an order, I just liked the pretty lids on these two!" What I said to him was, "Tell that to your peer, because he doesn't seem to know that."

    Quote from AWanderingMinstral
    I think many doctors DO know what we do...and that's why they're doctors. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a doctor asks me why another doctor ordered a particular medication. Um, aren't you a doctor? I'm never sure if it's because he actually thinks I know exactly why a particular medication was ordered or if he (and yes, it's always a male doctor) simply wants to tell me why it was ordered in an attempt to appear superior. I JUST experienced this last night when asked why a patient was ordered (by the orthopedic surgeon) IV vitamin K. I stated that the patient's INR was 2.2 and, on our orthopedics unit, that is why it was ordered. Instead of accepting my response, he rambled on and on and I ultimately told him to "ask [his] MD friend." Ugh.


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