Interns takes credit for my idea!! so unfair sometimess - page 3

by willowRN

and at the same time I feel great to have saved the patient Lots of time there are emergency situations at night and they have new interns covering who basically because they're new have a lot to learn still. So when my... Read More


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    You should be happy you're knowledgeable.
    And you didn't have to spend an arm and leg for a medical degree.=)
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    "There no end to the good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit"
    Ronald Reagan
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Got a packet of gold notarial seals-- you know, the big round gold foil ones with about a hundred points around the edge, cheapcheap at the stationery store. ...Soon we had no more antecubital IVs in kids,
    THAT is all it takes to stop the AC sticks?

    Quote from Guttercat
    Commuter and others are "right" in that it's the nature of the beast in any profession.
    The healthcare "team" has many players.
    Is it "Nursing Against the Odds" that talks about the games played to get physicians to do what they need to do? Nurses manipulating physicians to do the right thing? Playing the game where we lead them to what the patient needs but don't DARE act like it's our idea, because if it is, it's not right. We have to make them think it's their idea?

    I too am tired of the attitude that nurses should just be happy that the patient gets better, even if the physicians get all the glory.
    If it's sooooo unimportant who gets credit, then why isn't the resident making sure the attending knows who should REALLY get the credit? After all, shouldn't the resident just be happy that the patient got better?
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    Ha. Have a kid right now that's not a candidate for a port or pic or midline. Only place to give this vital medicine is antecub. So I guess we nurses are bad guys too sometimes.



    When you have been in this field for some time, you will learn that your smarts and interventions, whether acknowledged or not, helped the patient, and that's the real end game. Everything else is ultimately BS. Hopefully the newbie docs will appreciate you; but you can tell the inexperienced or new ones on student doctors network. They can trash nurses--until they realize it's a nurse that had some insight and caught something that helped or saved some patients. They may or may not acknowledge it though, but you and God know, and many times the patients somehow know.

    There can be a boatload of egotistical junk in medicine, but it doesn't stop with them. I have seen nurses do exactly what you described. Just keep doing what's in the best interest of the patient, go home, go to bed, and know that b/c of your insight, hardwork, and care, you made a difference. Take the sleep of the just. Don't underestimate it's value! Often after busting your butt, you'll find that is one great reward--just being able to put your head to the pillow knowing you did your very best.
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    Another thing to consider- how did you learn what you are calling "your ideas?" From reading best practice literature, from working with more experienced doctors and nurses, from having seen lots of different patients throughout your career... regardless, it all somehow came, whether directly or indirectly, from other people.
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    This is me cussing up a storm: !!!!!

    Recent spat of new, NEW residents at my large teaching hospital. Pretty sure that they got the lekshur on "respecting the intradisciplinary team" or whatever the PC term is for "that lecture we got one day where we heard that story about how that one time listening to the nurse saved a life/my job/me from getting sued."

    SO ben' gittin' lots of the ol' "So what what do you suggest, nurse?" smirk smirk. Or, my least favorite, the earnest look + "what do you think?"

    "XYZ, doctor."

    "Oh, no, I couldn't do that! Let's do ABC" instead.
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    It's even worse when you make suggestions to your unit manager and they are implemented and you never get a thank you, great idea or nuthin'.
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    OP, I understand where you are coming from but just be glad you have the kind that will listen. We have the type that will code,intubate and shock a DNR/DNI 5 times. This same one was the "admitting" and knew the pt was a DNR/DNI. Also this same one ordered pain medication on different pt that the pt was severely allergic too and KNEW it.. Thank goodness for nurses like you and others like you that did what was best for the pt.

    No the pain medication was NOT given, we had to go over her/his head to get it DC'd, placed back on the allergy profile and order something the pt could take.
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    I'm happy when an intern, resident, or attending accepts my recommendation. Sometimes they suggest something else. If that option works then I learn something. If it doesn't work and they then turn to my recommendation then they learn something. In either case our future patients benefit.


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