Why are doctors so rude? - page 3

Why are many doctors so rude when in the hospital setting? I was at clinical practice recently when a doctor screamed, ranted, and fumed at the nurses. I've noticed this mean-spirited behavior from... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    Don't generalize about doctors based on this one jerk.

    It works both ways. When they are interns and residents some nurses treat them like dirt.
  2. by   blue chips
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Why are many doctors so rude when in the hospital setting? I was at clinical practice recently when a doctor screamed, ranted, and fumed at the nurses. I've noticed this mean-spirited behavior from other physicians as well. I asked one of the nurses, and she just commented, "well, they've got a lot of education." Why are many docs rude? Why do plenty of nurses tolerate it?

    Because people treat them like GODS, and kiss their A@#'s.
  3. by   sharann
    Yes there are some Docs that act or are actual jerks. Sometimes its just one bad day. I will stop the behavior on the spot by saying "yelling will not help you get this..." .
    Now the other day I was treated poorly, verbally abused and belittled...by NURSES from various departments. Some people are just miserable human beings. I tend to ignore them. Nothing that stops a person from being nasty quicker than "the deadpan stare", then just walk away.
  4. by   magenta
    Quote from BETSRN
    No, of course not, but as long as nurses continue to be afraid to stand up to this behavior, it will continue. The only way to stop it is to confront it head on and hold these types of docs accountable for their actions.
    Thats what i would like to know, evven though they are Doctors Or even the DON, they dont have any right to treat you so rude, and what can a person do?
  5. by   Cassinia
    Quote from magenta
    Thats what i would like to know, evven though they are Doctors Or even the DON, they dont have any right to treat you so rude, and what can a person do?
    As I stated earlier, in a situation I was involved in, I wrote the doctor up on a hospital incident report. The first thing to do is confront the doctor in a professional manner. If he is unapproachable, then discuss the issue with your supervisor. If nothing is still being done, move up the ladder. The PM of the incident involving me, I spoke with the charge nurse who told me to speak with the house supervisor. I called her and explained what happened and what my plan of action was going to be. She requested I wait until she had a chance to speak with the other house supervisor (we had two as they split the floor between them). About 5 minutes later she called back and said, "Write her up!"

    But, go through the correct channels so you aren't labelled as being a trouble maker. And, if the problem is the DON, then your recourse would be to go to the administrator above her. But, always keep it at a professional level. Explain the facts and no your emotions.
  6. by   magenta
    Quote from Cassinia
    As I stated earlier, in a situation I was involved in, I wrote the doctor up on a hospital incident report. The first thing to do is confront the doctor in a professional manner. If he is unapproachable, then discuss the issue with your supervisor. If nothing is still being done, move up the ladder. The PM of the incident involving me, I spoke with the charge nurse who told me to speak with the house supervisor. I called her and explained what happened and what my plan of action was going to be. She requested I wait until she had a chance to speak with the other house supervisor (we had two as they split the floor between them). About 5 minutes later she called back and said, "Write her up!"

    But, go through the correct channels so you aren't labelled as being a trouble maker. And, if the problem is the DON, then your recourse would be to go to the administrator above her. But, always keep it at a professional level. Explain the facts and no your emotions.
    Thankyou, Working in the health feild setting but not nursing before, we were always told just to take what ever they said, like someone else said, people treat them all like Gods. They do put their pants on like all others!
  7. by   tommycher
    As a staff nurse, the other nurses with whom I work, and I, know which docs are prone to rudeness, therefore we do not take it personally. We know them as Equal Opportunity Offenders. You carry on, keep your chin up, know it is Them, Not You, and just wish their mammas had spanked them more often!
  8. by   Speculating
    Quote from lifesaverwv
    To SAGARCIA,
    I work in a very small hospital where we only have a handful of male nurses. Over the years I've seen docs rant & rave to a female nurse about a mistake that she made but, I've seen similar mistakes made by male nurses & when the docs find out it was a mistake made by a male nurse 9 out of 10 times the docs will overlook the mistake or say that's ok. I guess it's a "guy thing"?

    SAGARCIA, I didn't want to say this at first, but being a male nurse I find this to be oh so very true. It's a guy thing. Hypothetically speaking the docs know that if they get to nasty with another male in a heart beat they could find themselves sitting on their a$$es in the center of the hallway.
  9. by   LPN1974
    Rude doctors are rude because they're a$$wholes.

    I had to call a dcotor recently because he mistakenly wrote an order for Nitrobid, when he intended Macrobid.
    He was very rude and condescending to me.
    I transcribed the order like he wrote it at first, then I wrote "Clarification of above order" then wrote the correct order. I also made sure that the copy of the fax was clipped to the transcribed order so he would see that he did make a mistake.
    He saw it the next time he made rounds.
    My DON complimented me on the way I handled it. I told her how rude he was to me.
    Last edit by LPN1974 on Apr 5, '05
  10. by   Runman1914
    I agree with speculating on this, its definitely a guy thing.Im a male nurse in miami and the docs do act different.Although i was threatened by a doc over the phone once and he hung up before i could respond. I reported it to a supervisor who just made excuses for him.So i told her i would take it up with him myself if she was scared to do her job.When he came to the floor i ask him for the time and place for his threat to be carried out.This wimp apologized.Its a wimp of a man that can yell at a woman but its take a real man to yell at another man.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Sorry, COMPLETELY disagree that this is a "guy thing".
  12. by   Nurse Cozmo
    I think that as nurses, we are trained to deal with all people "as they are" and doctors are no different. I don't like it when doctors are rude to me, but I also don't take it personally. I need to have an on-going professional relationship with this doctor. So what if I think he's rude or he thinks I'm rude, it is the care of the patient we share that is the PRIORITY! As soon as one of us deviates from that the patient begins to lose out.
  13. by   Speculating
    Quote from gringoloco1973
    I agree with speculating on this, its definitely a guy thing.Im a male nurse in miami and the docs do act different.Although i was threatened by a doc over the phone once and he hung up before i could respond. I reported it to a supervisor who just made excuses for him.So i told her i would take it up with him myself if she was scared to do her job.When he came to the floor i ask him for the time and place for his threat to be carried out.This wimp apologized.Its a wimp of a man that can yell at a woman but its take a real man to yell at another man.



    I had the misfortune of being hospitalized a couple years back in my own hospital. My GI guy didn't go there he highly recommended this other guy. Who sat on me for three days didn't do anything. So on the third day I heard him yell at my nurse about something that didn't get done on my case. He came in my room all smiles. I said did you just yell at that nurse. He didn't know what to say. I said she's been a wonderful nurse the whole time I've been here you're the one who's messing up. I said to him you don't disrespect and certainly don't yell at nurse's pack your bags sir you're fired. I never have seen such a shocked look on someone's face before. He came bee bopping in the next day. I said apparently you misunderstood something I said hit the road. He didn't know what to do and wouldn't sign himself off the case. So, I had my surgeon write an order for a second opinion GI wise. The new guy I chose came in the next day I said what are you do for me sir ding ding ding I said thank you and you have my case. The whole place was up in arms. The supervisor for environmental services began cleaning my room. My nurses were always the charge nurse. The director for the floor and the house supervisor checked on me daily and the CEO for this 700 bed came in at least three times to make sure there was nothing he could do for me all because David slung his stone. I think everyone should knock these guys down once in a while just to keep'em in check and remind they work for you and not the other way around!

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