I am a NA. The situation was as follows:
Patient was in a single room. Single rooms in the UK are pretty uncommon, and often they are reserved for isolation patients, although not always if nobody needs isolating. On my ward they might be given to people who need space to come to terms with a diagnoses or just because no ward beds are available.
If isolation is the case, then the RN is supposed to tell us, and put a sign up on the door saying all staff should wear gloves/aprons. Well, this didn't happen. So, I was in the room doing the patients vitals and the doc came in. He started yelling at me! "Why aren't you wearing gloves and aprons! You are going to spread infection all around the ward!". I was stunned that he would do that IN FRONT OF THE PATIENT! Sure, pull me aside outside the room and mention it... but I felt really bad that the patient thought I was ignoring the isolation (which I was not aware of in the first place!). Managed to find my voice and tell the doctor "I wasn't aware that the patient was isolated- thank you for letting me know. I will make sure the signs are up on the door right away" as sweetly as I could. I was FUMING!
We don't have much to do with senior doctors as nursing assistants in the UK. Is this normal behaviour for docs? Do they think that yelling at people is acceptable? Man, was I annoyed at him!
Last edit by KatieP86 on Nov 27, '12
: Reason: Clarify a point