I posted this on the canadian thread, but would appreciate any input from the rest of you too.
I just got off work and I want to vomit. I had a woman in labor begging me for an epidural, crying screaming, etc. But tough for her because our anesthesiologists aren't doing any "unecessary" procedures because of their disputes with the Liberal gov't. At one point I had to leave the room because I started tearing up. I can not understand how a doctor could leave a patient in a situation like that. She delivered a healthy baby eventually, but how will this woman EVER trust health care workers again? How do you explain to a patient that the doctor refuses to see her because he wants a better deal for on-call pay and until the Liberal gov't gives in he doesn't care about her?
I completely raged at the doc on the phone and I am sure I'll hear about it on Tues when the charge nurse is back, but I was just so angry How the hell can a doctor justify not caring for a patient because of contract negotiations? I saw the medical associations commercial last week and I noticed they never mentioned that 392 MILLION dollar raise they'll be getting. I am so disgusted by them right now. How much money is enough to keep them from harming patients? I have become so sickened by how this health care system is being destroyed. I am sure the gov't is planning on privatising and the docs will make more money, never mind the fact that patients will suffer. I have had it. I am jumping ship. Emailed an American recruiter I know and will be going to the US after Christmas this year.
Is anyone else as frustrated as I am? How are your areas coping with the Campbell Cuts and the Docs' money grab?
May 19, '02
I work in America and unfortuately, it isn't much better here. I work in a large hospital and there are so few docs that actually care about their patients that it is sickening. They are in it for the money, pure and simple. I had to call the director of my unit (ICU) at around 11 pm one night because a vented patient under his care was a full code and was desating. The patient was not going to recover. He gave me an attitude for calling him. I said I have already documented that this guys sat is 80% and it'll look bad for you if you don't give me an order. He said write what you want and don't call me again (I hear that a lot). So I wrote no orders recd. Dr.___is aware of patients resp distress and desaturation. Forget about it if you are a ward (no insurance) patient. They get screwed even worse. They are the residents guinea pigs! Unnecassary and painful tests. I honestly don't know how they sleep at night! It is so very frustrating. My grandfather was a doctor. He was a Genearl Practitioner in Jersey City, NJ. Got mugged, held up at knife point, the whole 9 yrads and shortly before he died in 1980 he said to me, "The doctors today are going into this field for all the wrong reasons. They only want the money." If his patient s couldn't pay, they didn't. He turns over in his grave on a regular basis.
A couple of months ago we had a patient with a sudden onset acute bronchspasm. He required immediate intubation. An open heart anesthesiologist was walking by the room and I said oh good, we could really use your help in here. He said I have to see my first pre-op. I'll be down the other end (of the unit) if you need me. I said I am telling you we need you in here now to tube this guy. He just kept walking away. Can't wait till he asks me for a patients chart: "Have to go see my patient". What a jerk.
We can report these guys to the State Board of Medical Examiners. They've gotten more than one letter from me regarding unscrupulous docs who have no business practicing. Unfortunately, nothing ever changes and the public is kept in the dark about who the bad doctors are. This is another part of our system we must change.
That's why we are all going to work at AllNurses Hospital! No slime bucket docs are allowed there.
Best of luck to you, don't know if the US will be better ot worse. Guess it will depend on where you work.
Last edit by fedupnurse on May 19, '02
May 19, '02
Isn't it sad. I saw a doc on my way out of work an hour ago and our unit sec. was giving him a hard time in a kidding way (they are friends). I said to her don't harass him! He is one of the 3 doctors on staff that I actually like and respect! He said "WOW. That is high praise coming from you. You have some pretty rigid standards". My standards are you treat your patients like they are the person you love the most in this world. That's not rigid. That's how I treat my patients with rare exception (the guy who murdered his wife in front of the daughter he raped a couple of years before that I had no use for.) It is so sad that the public cow tows to these doctors and gives this automatic respect just because they have MD or DO after their names! Make them earn respect just like everyone else does. I have found that by and large, most of the docs I deal with on a regular basis would cheat on their spouses with a mere moments notice, couldn't give a rat's butt about self pay patients, surgeons who aren't even in the hospital while surgey is being performed by first year residents, doctors that have to be threatened to come in at 2 am because if they don't put that pacer in the pt. will die! I had a 25 year old around Christmas this past year who nearly exsanguinated because the cover macho a))hole orthopod didn't feel like interrupting his weekend by bringing her to the OR. She was bleeding out. Finally I told the parents to call the service and tell them to put them thru to the surgeon who did the procedure and if they didn't they would sue. Fortunately they did put them thru and the doc came in. She went to the OR and didn't drip even one drop of blood the rest of my shift. The other doc said this was "normal". I told the parents I would be happy to appear for them in court. They said we might take you up on that. I'd go in a heart beat. The secrecy about impaired and incompetent docs has got to stop. The Boards of Medical Examiners and the AMA had better wake up and smell the coffee!
I am off my soap box now, let's return to our regular programming.
Last edit by fedupnurse on May 19, '02