Anyone who has worked in a hospital for any length of time probably knows one - and wishes he didn't. I'm talking about the disruptive physician. You know the type, he (and with increasing frequency, she) throws temper tantrums, yells at colleagues, threatens lawsuits if his conduct or medical practice is reviewed, complains to patients about the nursing staff and generally adheres to the belief that the hospital's rules apply to everyone but him.
The disruptive physician's impact on patient care and hospital operations can be severe. Nurses and support staff may be so intimidated by the disruptive physician's conduct that they hesitate contacting him about patient issues for fear of incurring his wrath. Medical staff members may find him so abusive that they choose to move their practice elsewhere. Hospital administrators may find themselves constantly addressing employee complaints and threats of hostile work environment litigation.
So how do you break the cycle and tame the seemingly untamable?
Mar 6, '03
Thanks for posting the article. I printed it out & hung it up on one of our RN union bulletin boards. I chose to put it on the one outside the nursing & CEO offices in the hospitals executive wing so the head honchos would be sure to see it. It was very timely because we have been having a problem with some disruptive physicians. Grievances & an unfair labor practice charge are pending on this issue and the article was a subtle way of reminding them of that. Just wanted you to know that 2 days after I put it up, we were contacted by the VP of Medicine, admitting that he recognizes there is a problem, is researching ways to eliminate it and he asked for a copy of the article - which we gladly gave him.
I expect that when the grievance & ULP against our hospital for allowing MD abusive behavior are heard, some of what this article suggested will be stated in their corrective action plan. Thanks again.
And thank you Brian for creating a forum that is more than just a place to vent but is actually a place where we can share info and ammunition to really help each other make improvements at work.
Last edit by -jt on Mar 6, '03
Mar 25, '03
Originally posted by NRSKarenRN
..KNOWLEDGE=POWER ... trying to do my part here to enpower nurses.
Yes you do Karen, and you rock!
Our facility has adopted this practice and it is working WELL.
Last edit by LasVegasRN on Mar 25, '03