Has A Surgeon Ever Thrown An Instrument At You? - page 4

I remember working at a hospital in Washington, DC and a Surgeon threw a key elevator at one of the nurses who worked there and it hit her in the head. He was upset that they didn't have the... Read More

  1. by   JaneRNBSN
    Quote from staceyp413
    I've had some wonderful fantasy dreams about this when I am so angry that I wish they would so I'd have a darn good reason to shoot my own mouth off at them and then be able to laugh later after they are talking to their attorney
    Boy, who wouldn't love to shoot their mouth off? I have fantasized many many times about putting those "gods" in their place.
  2. by   wael
    let him try
  3. by   CaliLvr000
    After reading this thread all I have to say is !!! And !!!!! And to all those awesome nurses....!!!!!
  4. by   canesdukegirl
    I work with a surgeon who has a very twisted, evil sense of humor. He loves to see people squirm. I imagine that he must have had either something happen to him as a child (I think he got beat up a lot) or has something....er...that he has to make up for...anyhoo...we do a lot of arthroscopies.

    He has lately been amused by literally throwing the end of the camera/lightcord/shaver AT me to see if he could hit me-kinda like target practice. Without going into a lot of detail, I was recently dx with a condition that makes me very susceptible to bruising. We were doing another arthroscopy this past week. He was gearing up for his "target throwing practice" with me, and although I warned him the last time we worked together that I would not tolerate this, he continued to think it was just hilarious to do actually hit me. I thought I heard him mutter under his breath "two points".

    I looked him square in the eye and said, "Dude, if you hit me, I will bruise. I will then have the chair of your department take pictures of these bruises and I will immediately send them to the legal department of the hospital, my family attorney and the state medical board. I will gladly take my written account of what occurred along with the written statements of the witnesses here in the room and I will have not only your medical license yanked, but also will call the city police to have you escorted out of the hospital in handcuffs when they book you for battery. You still think it's funny?" At the end of the case, he used the terms "yes ma'am and no ma'am" and said that he was really glad that I did so much for him and made his day better. UGH!!! He no longer uses me as target practice, though! Throwing things should never be tolerated. It is battery in the very literal sense of the word.
  5. by   DogWmn
    Yup, it was decades ago in a rural environment, we had our very first surgeon recruited to the little 35 bed hospital, I worked as a clinic nurse for an FP but when a big emergency came in it was all hands on deck. So one of my jobs was to assist the surgeon in the ER with those loooong suture events to free up RN's. Anyway, he through a major temper tantrum about not having the right sutures and launched a needle holder with needle at me and hit me with it. Of course this was back in the early 80's so of course the "rights" of a nurse were non-existant. But I got him where it hurt...his stomach, he was single and couldn't boil water, and the evening meals he'd been getting at my house nightly came to a screeching hault (my SO at the time was the head FP). He just about starved since there were only 2 eateries in town and both closed up early. I continued to give him the stink eye for months and he finally apologized and I told him too little too late, he left shortly there after. My SO was really ****** but I told him if he couldn't find a someone who was respectful, we'd just have to keep shipping the surgeries out.

    From my point of view there is NO excuse for this type of behavior and should be nipped in the bud.
  6. by   fmog
    This happens all the time in our hospital..Especially in the OR.Sadly though..no one dared to make a complaint since we were all holding really tight to our "limited jobs". One particular thing that had happened to me was when a surgeon was reaching for the OR lights handle and hit me straight in the face as i was also hovering over the field to see what was happening on the site and that i could anticipate his needs.He never said anything and looked at me as if saying "what's the matter with you?" i said sorry instead.I was holding my tears though, as it really was painful. My face was aching for many days..Iknow he didn'y mean it,but a piece of sorry could have sufficed.

    Few weeks back,he was the same surgeon who threw an instrument to a colleague who was new in the department then.

    From time to time flying instruments are everywhere in the OR in the hospital i work in. And once this happens to you, this becomes used against you all the time.
  7. by   canesdukegirl
    Quote from fmog
    This happens all the time in our hospital..Especially in the OR.Sadly though..no one dared to make a complaint since we were all holding really tight to our "limited jobs". One particular thing that had happened to me was when a surgeon was reaching for the OR lights handle and hit me straight in the face as i was also hovering over the field to see what was happening on the site and that i could anticipate his needs.He never said anything and looked at me as if saying "what's the matter with you?" i said sorry instead.I was holding my tears though, as it really was painful. My face was aching for many days..Iknow he didn'y mean it,but a piece of sorry could have sufficed.

    Few weeks back,he was the same surgeon who threw an instrument to a colleague who was new in the department then.

    From time to time flying instruments are everywhere in the OR in the hospital i work in. And once this happens to you, this becomes used against you all the time.
    What do you mean "used against you all the time"? You mean if you complain, it will be used against you? Or you mean people will make you the butt of jokes all the time?

    Dude, what if he damaged a nerve in your face? Hitting a person with anything at any time no matter what circumstance is plain and simple BATTERY. I understand that our job market sucks at the moment, but I cannot for the life of me believe that this sort of behavior is tolerated. What a jackwagon that surgeon was for not even apologizing to you. He woulda been led out in handcuffs if he did that to me. I would love for the legal department to TRY to take away my job if I complained. I would make a PR nightmare for them!
  8. by   fmog
    it means that if you have a history of being hit with an instrument or anything like that, they would look at you as someone who is incompetent..so either you are subject for mockery or you are kicked out of the department.
  9. by   tinkerroll21
    Ha, when I was a Scrub Tech, I saw Surgeons throw things all the time. I have seen scissors, instruments, needles, and even a uterus flung against the wall.
  10. by   GadgetRN71
    No, I haven't had an instrument thrown at me yet and it would not be tolerated in my facility anyway. They've made docs go to anger management and in one case years ago, the doctor got sued(successfully) by the nurse he hit.
  11. by   fusionfire32
    here is my 2 cents. when i first joined the or, although i was scrubbing for some time then, this particular surgeon was having really bad temper and some people had hard time dealing with him. anyways, once i scrubbed with him to do a abdominal hysterectomy and he liked using roberts as clamps and not curved spencer wells. so we had opened 2 straight and 2 curved roberts for him. now it was me and the circulator who were having this conversation about how many straight and curved we had and he intercepted and said to me ' how many roberts do you have' and i replied that 2 curved and 2 straight. and dont know but something bothered him and he started shouting and screaming at me. and as i was relatively new to or, i had not come across such behavior and started trembling. so when he asked for mayo scissors i gave him mackindoe and i couldnot get a grip on myself. he started shouting more and got hold of the patient and screamed at me ' in a minute i am going to murder someone' making the situation even worse. however i did not get the courage to say anything to him but kept quiet and someone relieved me and i walked out of the or. for a year i kept ignoring him and not even saying hello to him good mornings. one day i turned round and said to him ' even after a year you expect me to smile at you and say hello when your behavior is very much out of line' you are very lucky that i did not report you otherwise you would have been out of this game long back. he appologised to me for his behavior in the end so i have let it rest
  12. by   LAM2010
    I work with a surgeon who sometimes throws things, but not at any of us. I wouldn't put it past him, though. He has kind of thrown a hemostat down on his patient when he was mad at us, though (because he was hot and sweating and no one noticed and came over to dab his forehead, poor little fella...anyway...), and when he asked me for a stool and I went for the wrong one, he kicked it out of the way and got the one he wanted with his feet...I said, "Okay, you get it."

    Anyway, I hear his patients tell me how wonderful he is, and people who go to church with him say he's so wonderful... and I think to myself, "if only you saw him in the O.R....". He must be a Jekyll and Hyde type of person... But anyway, there is stuff about him that's likable so I am a little forgiving. If he ever throws something at me it will be the last time...

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