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ok, just now i was watching dr. phil interveiw a physician who had an affair with a nurse and he said (as close a paraphrase as i can remember from five minutes ago):

"i've worked in the health care delivery system for a long time and i've seen lots of times nurses playing footsie with doctors because they see it as their ticket out of having to work as a nurse".

ok, i'm not going to even get into all the problems with this statement since they are obvious, i am writing the show right now to explain why this is not an acceptable way to desribe a profession.

who's with me?

edited by nurse ratched to add an update on the story:

http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/2004nov/30_dr_phil.html

I totally agree with you. And I just LOVE to write...How are you going about it? Just send me the address...

Who said that? Dr Phil or the guest?

ERNurse752, RN

Has 8 years experience.

I would imagine the guest said it...they're doing a series right now with a doctor who is cheating on his wife with a nurse. The mistress/nurse is pregnant with the doctor's baby as well. Soap opera, anyone?

I wish they wouldn't make such a big deal out of the doctor/nurse thing...just makes me cringe because it perpetuates a stereotype. All that's really important is that the guy is a scumbag who's cheating on his wife with a co-worker. Grrr.

nope, that quote is from Dr. Phil himself. :angryfire

I got on the website and sent a quick e-mail, but I plan to follow it up with a typed letter

I didn't see this show, but I saw the first one where they introduced this Doctor, and his wife that he was cheating on. He is a scumball. He cheated on his wife, and the other woman is now pregnant. He couldn't decide whether he wanted to stay with his wife and kids, or go with the other woman (who happens to be a nurse).

He is a detestable man, and I cannot imagine that I would care one iota what he thinks. It was this idiot that said what he did about some nurses; not Dr Phil or the program. He said a lot of other stupid things, too.

Now, if Dr Phil agreed with him, that would make me pick up a pen, and start writing. How did Dr Phil react to that statement? I wouldn't expect him to derail the conversation they were having, to defend nurses, or set the man straight, but I wouldn't want him nodding his head as the man made this statement, either.

Ohhhh. Dr Phil made that statement? Well, now I am mad.

I didn't see this show, but I saw the first one where they introduced this Doctor, and his wife that he was cheating on. He is a scumball. He cheated on his wife, and the other woman is now pregnant. He couldn't decide whether he wanted to stay with his wife and kids, or go with the other woman (who happens to be a nurse).

He is a detestable man, and I cannot imagine that I would care one iota what he thinks. It was this idiot that said what he did about some nurses; not Dr Phil or the program. He said a lot of other stupid things, too.

Now, if Dr Phil agreed with him, that would make me pick up a pen, and start writing. How did Dr Phil react to that statement? I wouldn't expect him to derail the conversation they were having, to defend nurses, or set the man straight, but I wouldn't want him nodding his head as the man made this statement, either.

Ok, this is what i am trying to get across: It was Dr. PHIL who said this NOT the man. I am soo mad!

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

This may sound harsh, but i can't believe what a doormat that the wife of that doctor is. No way i would stick around to continue to let a man treat me like dirt just because he can't keep his pants zipped up.

And i don't feel that Dr. Phil's statement was a statement that described an entire profession.

HappyNurse2005, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

is this on the site anywhere? is there some sort of transcript or something on there that shows he said it? i'd like to see that. then i'd love to write to the show

love, rose

Oh man, he really stepped in it this time. I am pretty sure Dr. Phil will be receiving plenty of snail mail and email:rolleyes:. I personally do not care for the man.

Ok, this is what i am trying to get across: It was Dr. PHIL who said this NOT the man. I am soo mad!

As sad as what Dr. Phil said, I've seen it happened. Some nurses do play footsies with The Doctors in hope to achieve a higher social status in life. Nursing should be a way of life not just somekind of a job or career. Code of conducts and ethics that applies to nursing should also become our daily norm in life.

acgemt

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 1 years experience.

I absolutely love the Dr. Phil show and watch it every day I can. While I do find what he said inappropriate (in that he gave the audience a poor description of nurses and their ethics/morals), unfortunately I am sure there are people out there who probably have that mentality.

While I'm not defending what Dr. Phil said, he didn't say this as a generalized statement. He did say he's seen SOME nurses who do this.

Ok, just now i was watching Dr. Phil interveiw a physician who had an affair with a nurse and he said (as close a paraphrase as I can remember from five minutes ago):

"I've worked in the health care delivery system for a long time and I've seen lots of times nurses playing footsie with doctors because they see it as their ticket out of having to work as a nurse".

Ok, I'm not going to even get into all the problems with this statement since they are obvious, I am writing the show right now to explain why this is not an acceptable way to desribe a profession.

Who's with me?

I'm not a big Dr. Phil fan, but I think maybe some of you are misinterpreting his statement as a blanket decsription of the nursing profession. It seems like he is merely describing what he has seen. Notice that he says "lots of times", not all the time. We all know that this happens, but it doesn't mean that the majority of nurses want to "hook" a doctor to "elevate their status," nor does it mean that a doctor and a nurse can't have a romantic relationship without this being the motivation.

By the way, that Dr. IS a real piece of crap.

ktwlpn, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Homecare, Hospice.

Yeah well-I don't think he said that every nurse was that way....But you all know they are out there-we work with them every day....I can't stand that behavior myself-I work with a couple now that fawn all over the docs...sad thing is they are the ones to get anything they request for the residents....The rest of us just might get blown off and ignored during rounds by a few of the docs.....

Ok, I saw the show today as well and one thing I would like to see that wife of the doctor do is IMMEDIATELY take HIM to the cleaners!!! She is a very beautiful lady and the thought of her spouse going to work day in and day out with this nurse he works with/affairs with etc...would make me sick!! I would turn to the old bank account (joint I assume) and just let him have it, I also would like to know if she has been married for over 10 years to him because if that is so, she can get half of his pension as well! HA! Can't keep your pants up? Well then you better start thinking of it now buddy!! Too many guys get away with things like this and the women are "left to deal with it", I say stand up and grab the thing that makes people want to have affairs with doctors ___THEIR MONEY!!!!!

By the way, this just doesn't go for doctors/nurses....it goes for anyone who has an affair on someone!!!

findingmywayRN

Specializes in Physical Rehabilitation.

I saw this show too, and I could not believe what Dr. Phil was saying. He just didn't make this one statement but he also went on to say a few other things stereotypical to nursing, ie. making it seem commonplace for nurses and doctors to be sleeping together and referring to nurses as "cute little nurse," and so on. To me it sounded very much like a blanket statement, and I was really offended by the ignorance of the comments. This show seems to be about nothing more than pitting a poor, innocent doormat wife against a doctor-hungry nurse and the woeful Dr. Busyzipper who can't choose between the two.

I wonder, does Dr. Phil use his own "personal experience" when he makes these generalizations about the relationship between doctors and nurses???

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