Snappy MDs

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    Hi all,I've been a nurse for a little over a year now and for the most part I absolutely love my job. My question is this: how do you deal with doctors who are rude/snippy/cocky? The majority of docs I work with are very, very nice but there's a few who bite my head off no matter what or when I text page them. How do you deal with it? I know I'm very sensitive and take EVERYTHING personally when it's not about it, but this still really upsets me and makes me question my judgement about everything. I know that I call for good reasons (not because my pt didn't take her bowel care, lol!)Thanks!!
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    Say very quietly, after rant "my apologies for disturbing you, however, blah, blah, blah....(whatever order you need). Do not feed into the bull. You can't control how someone acts, only your reaction. These MD's are on call, therefore, it is safe to say they will be called. This goes to an admistrative level. I would mention to your manager that the behavior you receive when calling is less than ideal. Sometimes they will bring it up the ladder, and magically things are a bit better. Hang in there. The last thing you want is to get into a ******** contest with an MD who has their panties in a wad.
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    I totally agree with jadelpn. In addition, if I was talking to a rude Resident I generally keep my cool and say "I dont wanna hear you ********! Are you willing to listen to my concerns or would you want me to call the Attending Physician RIGHT NOW?" Most of the time it works. However if I'm talking to an attending physician and they are being nasty, I usually threaten them that I will involve the medical director and human resources about this issue.


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