Question about verbally abusive doctor..

  1. There is a doctor (and I use that word lightly to describe him) at our facility who has a rotten reputation. He treats the nurses and the patients like crap....the other day he cussed out another nurse in front of her co-workers. Does she have any recourse against the doctor and/or the facility? This is not the first time this has happened with this doc, and it always seems to get brushed under the carpet. Isn't an employer legally obligated to provide a non-hostile workplace? How does one go about proving that your working environment is hostile? Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.....Thanks.


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    Last edit by deespoohbear on Dec 19, '02
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   ?burntout
    Hmmmmm....wouldn't this be verbal harrassment?????
    I would write a QA and name the witnesses that were present at the time this doctor showed his azz......And QUOTE EVERYTHING HE SAID!!!!!!

    Yes employers are obligated to provide a non-hostile work environment.......But as we all know, we are in the real world...

    Keep us updated!!
  4. by   hoolahan
    Write an incident report, and call your risk manager. If you get no satisfaction, file a grievance. If no success there, try division of labor, or EEOC maybe??
  5. by   ARBY
    When I worked in an office, one day I relayed to the doctor a message from his PA. He ran me up one side and down the other while other people stood and watched. I stood there with a "And your point is??" expression on my face and walked away.
    When the day was done I went to his office and told him that we didn't have to eat together and we didn't have to sleep together but we DID have to work together. If he couldn't treat me with the respect I deserved I could walk out that front door the same as I walked in it.
    When I quit 2 years later, the other nurses had a luncheon for me. This doctor came and said that, although we didn't always see eye to eye, I was a darn good nurse. The other nurses were amazed because he'd never come to any other functions much less said anything nice about someone.
  6. by   RN2B2005
    Definitely report it to your HR manager, and document it yourself as well. We had a doctor at my clinic who was a very good doctor but could be nasty and condescending and verbally abusive with the staff. He was transferred out of the clinic after he tore a tech a new one in front of a patient.
  7. by   emily_mom
    I second Hoolahan! Don't keep letting him get away with it! If this were a nurse, she/he would be FIRED....don't let an arrogant doc get away with it. If the nurses stand together, something will come of it.

    Kristy
  8. by   Tweety
    We have a space on our incident reports for just this sort of thing. Plus there is always the Chief of Staff at the hospital where I work, who has been known to intervene in these cases adn talk to the doctor. A nice note or email, or message to the chief of staff might be in order.

    But sourpusses like him rarely change. We have an MD like that. Most of us seasoned nurses don't let him get started and leave while he is in mid-rant. We don't take it.
  9. by   rebel_red
    Reminds me of the time my Mom was a patient in ER. I was sitting on a stool talking to one of the nurses, when another nurse approached absolutely horrified because I was sitting on Dr's stool and no one NO ONE! was allowed to sit there but DOCTOR.... do y'all think I got up? Nope. Doctor threatened to have me removed from ER by security.....Yeah right sparky!

    In short as one poster signs "We will get as much crap as we will take."

    Learning so much from y'all.

    Thanks
    Tres
  10. by   deespoohbear
    I was not a witness to the incident, nor did it happen on my unit. But I have encouraged the co-worker to write up a formal statement and to document everything. Thanks for all the information. Does anyone know of a website that describes what constitutes an hostile workplace?
  11. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by rebel_red
    Reminds me of the time my Mom was a patient in ER. I was sitting on a stool talking to one of the nurses, when another nurse approached absolutely horrified because I was sitting on Dr's stool and no one NO ONE! was allowed to sit there but DOCTOR.... do y'all think I got up? Nope. Doctor threatened to have me removed from ER by security.....Yeah right sparky!

    In short as one poster signs "We will get as much crap as we will take."

    Learning so much from y'all.

    Thanks
    Tres
    of all the unmitigated gall!:roll so what's the rest of the story?...did security come when you refused to abdicate the throne?.............LR
  12. by   renerian
    Yes I had a doc curse at me once I pulled him to the side and told him not to curse at me like that again...........he apologized. If that did not work I would start a paper trail. Non hostile work environment problem.

    renerian
  13. by   hoolahan
    Reminds me of when I was 81/2 mo preg, and a doc wanted me to give him my chair...Ha!

    I said, "Doctor X, how DARE you ask a PREGNANT woman who has benn on her fett ALL NIGHT with a post-op TEETHING infant, for her chair?? LOOK at my ankles, I have +4 edmea for heaven's sake!!!!! Ths is the first I have sat all shift, and NO, you may NOT have my chair!!"

    You should have seen the look on his face...priceless!!!!! Not to mention the looks on the resident's and my co-worker's faces who were doing their est not to laugh out lodud. I mean Really, what an azz!
  14. by   baseline
    Well, my response to him would have been more of a PORF (piss off rat face). Im not inclined to submit...BUT in all seriousness......DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT!!!! Our risk management dept keeps files on all the physicians, and if this is an on going occurance.....disiplinary action is taken....sometimes admitting privileges are suspended.

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