Our jobs as nurses is to protect/help/serve the doctors. - page 3

As a nurse, it is my job to ensure that the admitting doctor and all of the consults accurately assess the patients, order the correct labs, order the correct meds, read the consults notes, and do... Read More

  1. by   PMFB-RN
    you just made my point. there's a huuuuuge difference between venting with colleagues in private or on an online message board, like sdn or an, and walking around in public wearing t-shirts saying that you "save patients from doctors." if this type of sentiment was restricted only to allnurses or only to the nurses lounge, yea i'd have no problem with it and it'd be completely reasonable to have somewhere to vent.

    *** i haven't actually seen such t shirts. the only references i have ever seen to them was here on an. i wouldn't wear one. however as you very likely know sometimes people exagerate or over emphasize in order to make their point. i think talking about such shirts is an example of that

    however, when 3 out of 4 nurses go out of their way to tell me (condescendingly) that they protect patients from the mean, uncaring, incompetent doctors

    *** there actually are mean, uncaring and incompetent physicians out there. i have protected my patients from them. to be honest i hardly encounter truly incompetent physicians. however lazy and uncaring is more common, though still unusual in my experience. in my roll as rapid response rn i can't tell you how many times i have had to make calls to staff physicians in the middle of the night because the resident simply refuses to provide the care a patient needs. certain services are much worse than others. in my hospital ortho, ent, and neuro surgery residents seem to have more residents i would call lazy or uncaring. medicine and general surgery are great! every single time i have had to call staff in order to get the patients needs met it has worked out well for me and the patient and bad for the resident.

    (while heavily hinting all of us are idiots) and when you have nurses walking around wearing t-shirts that say the same thing, that's when myself and other physicians start having an issue with it.

    *** well as i said i have never seen these t-shirts but your feelings about them are perfectly understandable.

    we don't go out of our ways to point out the incompetencies of other health care workers or tell patients not to trust other health care workers (which is essentially the message you're conveying to the lay public). nurses, on the other hand, seem to delight in elevating themselves by putting other professions down, whether it's physicians or other ancillary workers. i've seen this way too often to count. that is thoroughly unprofessional and downright child-like behavior.

    *** i agree. in my opinion nursing suffers from a severe self esteem problem. i can cite a number of examples that demonstrate this to me.

    btw, when i said physician's lounge, i was referring to the resident's lounge. i was under the impression that pretty much all teaching hospitals have these. it's got lockers to put your stuff in, little tables to grab a snack with colleagues, and a sofa. if you're in a community hospital, i guess it doesn't make much sense to have such a room. for what it's worth, we also have a nurse's lounge. i'm surprised you haven't seen one in 10 years! they're pretty nice to have.

    *** i actually work in two hospitals. one part time and one full time. both are large teaching hospitals. one is a famous magent (whoop-t-do) hospital (part time) with a number of residencies and fellowship programs, and the other is university affiliated and staffed by residents 24/7. neither has a physicians, nurses or residents lounge. i have worked as a rn in 4 states and haven't seen a physicians lounge in years. in my experience they have all been replaced by staff lounges. i am guessing you are located in either the northeast or the south?

    if your patients are generally hospitalized for longer than the 2-week rotations that your residents are doing, sure i can see where you're coming from.

    *** it's not that. it's that with our patient population we have many, many frequent fliers. over the years we (rns) get to know these patients very well. each time they are admitted the on duty resident is meeting them for the first time. we have a guy with serious mental illness who fakes injuries. for a couple years it was blindness, then for a long time it was chest pain. then for a year or so it was seizures. his current thing is to have unwitnessed "falls" with claims of bumps to head. this guy knows exactly the right words to say to get the reaction from staff he wants, and what he wants is to stay in the hospital as long as possible. recently he was head ct'ed 3 times in 24 hours by different residents until i came on duty and put a stop to it. i know that every situation is not like mine.

    most of the patients in my specialty are hospitalized for a week or less before being discharged. in this case, it's us residents that provide continuity. the current interns work 16 hr shifts daily, while pgy-2s and above do 28 hr shifts on on-call days. from what i've seen so far, both are longer than the nursing shifts; not only that, we're in the hospital for more hours per week than nurses are since we generally only have 1 day off per week. whatever. i don't want to argue about patient ownership anymore. i'm glad you take responsibility and ownership for your patients as i do for mine. my previous statement regarding this was more out of frustration and annoyance at the poster i was quoting. so, i apologize for even bringing this particular topic up.

    *** i get you. the vast majority of residents i work with are great. nice people who try their hardest to provide good care. there are some exceptions and of course the exceptions are the most interesting and thus talked about the most. i recently worked with a pgy-2 med resident. super nice guy, wicked smart, and very attentive to his patients too. in my roll i work very closely with them. in fact i get all serious calls before they do. i work them up and make the call to to the resident. by the time i call them we have data (assessment finding, labs, x-rays, etc) and i have already implemented emergency interventions (bi-pap, intubation, fluid boluses, narcan, d50, atropine etc) our last night working together he pulled me aside, shook my hand and said "pmfb i have learned a lot over the last two week, thanks for keeping me out of trouble while i was learning".
    a resident like that gets respect, consideration (grouping calls anyone?) and we let him eat from the never ending supply of nurses food in the staff lounge