More Proof That Surgeons Are HUGE JERKS! - page 2

by All4NursingRN 5,403 Views | 14 Comments

I know I know not all surgeons and docs are like this, but in all my years as a nurse this is the most rude I've ever seen any doc. So had an elderly patient last shift who came in due to a fall. Blood work was run and... Read More


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    Very informative site- as a new physician, this was recommended to me as a good way to get a better perspective on the nursing profession and hopefully help me be a better and more helpful colleague to the nursing staff. It is unfortunate to see that many jerks are out there in medicine (unfortunately I'm not that surprised!).

    The one thing I might say is that in this scenario: it seems like the patient was admitted to internal medicine (if I'm reading correctly), even though perhaps it would have likely been better suited to be a surgical patient. If the surgeon was consulted by the admitting physican (medicine) the patient stiill is ultimately the responsibility of internal medicine, who should have been appropriately resuscitating their patient. The surgeon acted like a jerk; he should have contacted the admitting physician directly if he had a problem with the resuscitation, and left the ER doctor and nurse alone to do their jobs! Sorry you had a bad experience!!
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    Sometimes surgeons get agitated for no good reason. Other times, they have a very good reason. As an OR nurse, I got real good knowing when someone just needs to blow off steam, and when to really take them seriously. If I got offended EVERY time a surgeon got mad and blamed something on me during an operation.....well then I would need serious therapy.

    It wasnt an emergency, he wouldnt have rushed the patient down to the OR stat just for a lap chole. lol; so it probably did not affect the patient outcomes as much as you might think. Was it rude? absolutely. Terrible patient care? meh.
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    Sorry I am having a hard time following the story. The surgeon does sound like a jerk, but I don't think this is worth leaving medicine over. It's like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum, you can't feed into or it gets worse. If you feel like he is being abusive, document and report. On the other hand, I never hang fluids without a pump unless the patient is crashing and I'm using pressure bags. Is hanging fluids with no pump still commonplace in some areas?
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    Yes, his response is rude. In working with a lot of surgeons I've learned to take a deep breath and let it go. You can only control your response, not his. While he threw a tantrum like a 2 year old you stayed professional and did the best you could to take care of the pt.
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    That is such a small minority of surgeons and doctors that to say ALL is wrong, although in this situation he sounds like a complete tool I've worked with amazing staff!!! Maybe pulling the chief surgeon aside and explaining exactly what you witnessed and what you did as the pt's nurse may have helped defuse the situation, I'm guessing that all infusions were charted with times they were started and not just ' 2ltrs NS STAT'
    Hopefully each litre was charted with time started etc, that way nursing staff cannot be yelled at, as for the ER doc copping it, is there a reason that she didn't grow a pair and tell the chief surgeon exactly her role??? At my workplace this kind of bollocks is not tolerated at all and nursing staff will generally pull a doc up on his behaviour if inappropriate with no ramifications.


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