Abusive behavior by physicians linked to nursing shortage, studies show - page 2

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT Copyright 2002 U.S. News & World Report ~ June 17, 2002 SECTION: HEALTH & MEDICINE; Vol. 132 , No. 21; Pg. 54 HEADLINE: Nursing Wounds BYLINE: By Josh Fischman ... Read More

  1. by   Jessy_RN
    I am glad this is being publicized. Thanks for the links and articles.
  2. by   tencat
    Quote from Ginger35
    \ I think the worst thing I have seen a doc do is actually throw a scalpel and it ended up in one of the nurses thighs. (dirty scalpel that is).
    Isn't that worthy of pressing charges for assault? I sure as he## would be on the phone with security and the police after that. It's not only unsafe for those working in the room, but it's also very unsafe for the patient. Sheesh. My job wouldn't be worth keeping if I had to be part of a situation like that.
  3. by   ali_gator
    Quote from Ginger35
    I think the worst thing I have seen a doc do is actually throw a scalpel and it ended up in one of the nurses thighs. (dirty scalpel that is).

    The culture not only needs to change universally - however, I don't see it happening in the near future.
    The surgeon who did this belongs in jail! Throwing a contaminated scalpel? I'm no attorney, but I believe that's grounds for some very serious charges. If he had done that to me, I would have walked out of that OR and gone staight to the police station! I don't care how stressful his job is. THERE'S NO EXCUSE! I have too much self-respect to allow myself to be treated that way.:angryfire
  4. by   rn in 3 years
    Quote from Ginger35
    I think the worst thing I have seen a doc do is actually throw a scalpel and it ended up in one of the nurses thighs. (dirty scalpel that is).
    PLEASE tell me this nurse pressed charges :angryfire
  5. by   Ethereal
    [Originally Posted by Ginger35]
    [I think the worst thing I have seen a doc do is actually throw a scalpel and it ended up in one of the nurses thighs. (dirty scalpel that is)]


    That is criminal assault. I hope that nurse pressed charges and then sued for pain and suffering. Doesn't the hypocratic oath state "First, do no harm"? I know that if something like that happened to me, the doc would be lucky to be locked up in a jail, safe away from my husband.:angryfire
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm sure a few physicians read this article and thought "Yeah RIGHT".

    I'm hoping a few read it and took a look at their own behavior.

    And God help the doctor that gets a burr up his arse and throws anything at me. I wouldn't take that from anyone else, an MD makes no difference.

    I worked with a surgeon (wow, he's no longer practicing either, if you can actually say he 'practiced") who was known for throwing Kelly's at the scrub techs if they handed him the instrument that he asked for, and not the one that he was thinking of (a Frank Burns kind of quirk). He was told to stop, and hadn't done it for awhile. But that didn't stop his degrading comments about how men were superior to women, a woman's place was in the kitchen, and such. And my favorite, his own spin on Freud's penis envy theory.

    I finally had enough (go figure lol) of it one day and asked him to kindly bring his thinking to the year 2005.

    He wound up getting his privilages revoked, for other reasons.

    Did i mention he was an OB/GYN doc?
  7. by   ali_gator
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I'm sure a few physicians read this article and thought "Yeah RIGHT".

    I'm hoping a few read it and took a look at their own behavior.

    And God help the doctor that gets a burr up his arse and throws anything at me. I wouldn't take that from anyone else, an MD makes no difference.

    I worked with a surgeon (wow, he's no longer practicing either, if you can actually say he 'practiced") who was known for throwing Kelly's at the scrub techs if they handed him the instrument that he asked for, and not the one that he was thinking of (a Frank Burns kind of quirk). He was told to stop, and hadn't done it for awhile. But that didn't stop his degrading comments about how men were superior to women, a woman's place was in the kitchen, and such. And my favorite, his own spin on Freud's penis envy theory.

    I finally had enough (go figure lol) of it one day and asked him to kindly bring his thinking to the year 2005.

    He wound up getting his privilages revoked, for other reasons.

    Did i mention he was an OB/GYN doc?
    That guy sounds like a real jack @$$!
  8. by   ali_gator
    Quote from Ethereal
    [Originally Posted by Ginger35]
    [I think the worst thing I have seen a doc do is actually throw a scalpel and it ended up in one of the nurses thighs. (dirty scalpel that is)]


    That is criminal assault. I hope that nurse pressed charges and then sued for pain and suffering. Doesn't the hypocratic oath state "First, do no harm"? I know that if something like that happened to me, the doc would be lucky to be locked up in a jail, safe away from my husband.:angryfire
    LOL! If it were me he'd be locked away, safely in jail away from my father. (My dad is a 6'4" ex-green beret)
  9. by   BZoe
    Quote from jayrelic
    the only way this type of abuse can continue is if those on the receiving end do nothing about it. if you're too weak, too afraid, too intimidated, then you shouldn't be working there, or dare i say in the field of nursing at all.
    Quote from jayrelic

    it's one thing to be on the receiving end of constructive criticism, but to be on the end of abuse is completely different. if you allow that to happen to you and do nothing about it, first of which should be standing up for yourself, secondly, pulling the physician aside after both parties have cooled off to explain you will not tolerate abouse from anyone, and third, let those in a position of authority over the physician know about it, then i have no empathy for you.

    it's up to you to empower yourself. don't let others dictate how you feel. i see all too often people letting others control their thoughts, feelings and attitudes. i have learned from them, and i do not allow it to happen to me. nor should any of you.
    great observations not only for dealing with diffucult md's but for life in general. how can you protect your patient if you can't even protect yourself? part of our job is to help the patient meet his or her goals for life in general. we aren't subordinate priest/ess in a doctor worship cult.
  10. by   Ginger35
    The surgeon that threw the scalpel did end up in administration for that one. The nurse that got the dirty scalpel in her thigh was new, shy and timid and didn't press charges in fear of losing her job or being given a hard time at work. :angryfire

    This happened a few years ago & I'll never forget it. I was a bit new then myself to ER/Trauma.

    However, now days I wouldn't put up with it and he would probably find that scalpel in his peri area somewhere.:chuckle
  11. by   tridil2000
    I think the worst thing I have seen a doc do is actually throw a scalpel and it ended up in one of the nurses thighs. (dirty scalpel that is).</p>if ANYONE did that to me, i'd press charges and sue them.there's no way they'd get away with that. no way!
  12. by   Dalzac
    A hosp I worked in a long time ago had a resident program for ortho.In surgery one resident grabbed a nurses arm and twisted it backwards because she picked up the wronf instrument. His attending grabbed him and made him let go of the nurse. and they nearly had a fist fight in surgery.
    This same resident had a pt in ICU that I took care of I was in the lounge area eating supper when he came in there and threw an ice bag in front of my plate and broke and sent water all in my food and all over me. and screamed ICE ,you moron not water" His attending also caught him with that too and he was fired the next day. and the attending sent me a huge box of godiva chocolates. I just love that attending as did every nurse that took care of his patients
  13. by   crb613
    I just don't get it....I would not live in an abusive home.....I have never worked at job where I took any type of abuse.......I will graduate in May'06 & I won't take any type of abuse in this job either! It's kinda like the old saying.......If it happens once, shame on you (in this case the dr)..If it happens twice, shame on me!

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