In news reports and hospital break rooms, stories abound of physicians berating nurses, hurling profanities, or even physically threatening or assaulting them. Doctors are shoving nurses in the operating room; throwing stethoscopes, scissors, pens, or surgical instruments. In Maryland, a surgeon yelled, “Are you stupid or something?” at a nurse and hurled a bloody surgical sponge at him. A surgeon threw a scalpel at a Virginia nurse
Some of these examples are completely ridiculous and in the "real world" they'd come with consequences. The police, jail and a criminal record kind of consequences. Utterly unacceptable behavior
Not only is it unacceptable that some individuals are allowed to treat others this way, but as OP pointed out it has the potential to negatively affect patient outcome. Research clearly shows that a hierarchical organization with scared and intimitated employees is a threat to patient safety.
I'm glad that I live in country where physicians aren't viewed as "income-generators". Because of this the motivation/incentive to protect individuals who can't function in a workplace and turning a blind eye to or covering up their unacceptable behavior, is largely non-existant.
During my final year of nursing school (BSN) I had clinicals for a couple of weeks in the ER together with a class mate, with two final year medical students and two final year physical therapy students. The purpose of that clinical was to practice teamwork and to gain an insight into what the other professions do.
We worked in different constellations of three (nurse, MD, PT to-be) and received our own ER (ortho) patients. The preceptors for the three professions sat in a room, drank coffee and caught up on their paperwork and we'd go and update them on our plan of action. (Of course the patients were appropriately triaged to fit our "student ER" and the patients were asked if they were ok with being treated by students. Also the preceptors would monitor our plan/progress and do examinations of their own if deemed necessary).
I loved this clinical and so did the other students. I think it's an excellent way to foster an egalitarian work environment. We got to share thoughts and concerns when we were all new and unsure about many things and got to see and talk about what the other professions' challenges are. When you've been humbled that way and bonded, the step to start throwing scalpels at each other is hopefully a bit longer.
(Actually throwing a scalpel at someone isn't normal behavior and will likely not be cured by team-building exercises, but I think that you all understand what I'm trying to say here).