Patience with the New Doctor - page 2

by SaoirseRN 3,159 Views | 15 Comments

I was thinking the other day, as I was reading some older threads, how often we hear concerns about doctors being rude or impatient with nurses. This certainly does happen. There are doctors out there who are just difficult to... Read More


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    I agree with the above poster...seems that most people will always find something to complain about. This world could use a little more patience and empathy and a little less whining and finger pointing. But for the OP, I imagine that you are a breath of sunshine to this doc on the days that she works for you.
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    Concur. I try very hard to be a good ambassador to the attendings, residents and medical students that come through my facility. My hope is that if I go out of my way to be patient and helpful, they will have a positive opinion of my profession in turn. Makes the work day go by easier too!
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    People tend to forget that doctors are people too, and they have feelings that get hurt. I would much rather deal with a physician that genuinly cares about her patients and is slow and learning than some jerk that is quick and stupid.
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    I have seen nurses exhibit ugly behavior towards residents... it sickens me. We are all here to take care of the patient! And doctors are people too, and deserve professional respect, as do cleaning people, CNA's, the lab, RT's, etc. Set a tone and example by the way you treat people... (and I always treat residents with extra care, if they're not complete a$$es, they have a hard life (I'm glad to do my 36 and out!), are here to learn, and our behavior now will form how they think of nurses for the rest of their careers).
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    Patience as they say is really is a virtue. just because one is considered a doctor, one should be expected to know everything, I believe that most of us have a period of adjustment, and hopefully there are more nurses and doctors who will be more patient during this times. Because in the end we can only learn from our experience as well as our mistakes.
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    At my LTC, a new physician came to the desk and introduced himself to me as being the new 'nsg home' associate of his practice with the senior MD being the 'office' MD and another MD covering the hospitals/consults. He was young, foreign but well Americanized. Had never been in a NH, but he was so gracious as he asked me to explain what was needed of him and re his practice' pts.

    Since most NHs are all so similar, I gave him a pretty extensive orientation of what the MD role was at NHs. We covered expectations for his on-call requirements, the chart documentation with needed signatures, labs, pharmacy recommendations, timelines, some of the regs we were facing to care for the pts, etc etc etc. He actually was taking notes!. I did rounds with him for his pts (nobody did that at our place with anyone - docs would just ask us). He was extremely appreciative.

    Over the years, he was a major attending MD player in many other facilities' pt care management. Our paths were always crossing. Staff nurses loved him as he was so cooperative, listening to us and working with us. He became an advocate for me at one cheapo place with big pt care issues and I was able to get protocol changed because of his intercession. From other nurses, I never knew him to be less than a 'good guy'.

    Nurses were soooo disappointed when he left that practice to relocate out of state. I believe he reciprocated my patience and assistance with his positive practice & approach to us nurses. So it just goes to prove that 'what goes around, comes around'.


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