I am so sick and tired of being yelled at by docs! Getting yelled at seems to be a part of my job. Let me preface this by saying that I work on a surgical floor which also has an 8 bed surgical stepdown unit. So the majority of the time I am dealing with surgeons. That statement should be self-exlpanatory. Several weeks ago I had a pt who had her foley d/c'd at 1700. At 0130 she still hadn't voided so I called the house PA to get an order to place another foley and called the surgeon at 0645. His response was "why didn't you call me?" He was actually angry that I hadn't called him in the middle of the night for this. Note to self: Next time, no matter what the reason, call the *@#^%$! in the middle of the night. About 1 week later at 0330 I had the same problem, so guess what I did? I called him directly. Guess what his response was? "WHY ARE YOU CALLING ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT??!!! Couldn't you have called the house officer about this?"
I had a cardiologist yell at me because I called him about a surgical stepdown pt with a pacer. The conversation went like this:
Me: "Hello Dr. so and so I'm the nurse taking care of Mr. So and so. I'm calling to let you know that he had a 35 beat run of Vtach, 10 regular beats, a 42 beat run of vtach, 5 regular beats and then a 21 beat run of vtach followed by Vfib for 30 seconds. The pt has returned to NSR."
Dr: "Is the pt symptomatic?"
Dr. "Then WHY THE HELL ARE YOU CALLING ME???!!!"
Me: "Because the pt had a 21 beat run of Vtach..."
Him: "I'm so tired of stupid nurses calling me in the middle of the night! (Note that it was 0630) Unless the pt is symptomatic, DON'T CALL ME AGAIN!!" And he hung up!
I had another doc yell at me for calling him when his Pt had a SBP of 192. The pt was S/P hemmorhagic stroke (presented in the ED with a BP of 269/114 - NO WONDER HE HAD A STROKE!!!) with a L craniotomy, and the neurosurgeon wanted the BP aggressively controlled. Neuro wrote an order to call the Primary MD for SBP>140. So when I got a SBP of 192, naturally, I called the primary. His response was "If neuro wants the BP controlled so aggressively, call them." Click. I called the neurosurgeon next who increased the hydralizine from 0.2 to 0.3. It took all of about 30 seconds.
My point is, these doctors are out of control. What gets me even more upset is that these bullies only yell at the female nurses. We have 2 male nurses on our floor who NEVER get yelled at. My boyfriend (also an RN) never gets yelled at by the MDs at his hospital. I'm to the point where I dread having to call the MDs for anything! I'm so tired of getting abused for doing my job and looking out for my pts.
Sorry. This thread brought on this vent. But I do feel better.