Just curious. Does ANYONE work on a unit or in a facility in which there is true collaboration between the nurses and physicians? One in which the doctors REALLY care to listen to what you have to say and value your opinion and actually discuss with you treatment options for the patient? Also, do you feel that you have a measure of control and autonomy in your work environment? (Or, is it 'management's/doctor's way or the highway'...)
Jun 13, '04
I work with docs who collaborate with the nursing staff in my ICU's...but this has been more a personal decision/style of the doctor and has not been part of the 'culture' of the place.
Smaller units like rehab where a few docs manage care seem more amenable to a team approach ... maybe this is similar to the physician who can be a bear to hospital staff, but treat their office staff well. Perhaps this has to do with a closer working relationship in a smaller setting (and less outside influence from other doctors egos ?)
Sometimes I suspect the poor treatment many doctors give nurses is due to peer pressure and the need to 'control' us women and keep us in our places. The age old battle of the sexes..ugghh..and they look at us as a 'female' profession yet.
As to control: well in ICU I have a BIT more clout than I did on medsurg, but its still management bowing to the docs come crunch time. TPTB tend to listen when I say 'no more admits..we can't safely handle it' where on the floors the admits just show up no matter what the charge nurse says.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jun 14, '04