i wasn't written up but my DON received a phone call from 2 different doctors re: me.
1. was a pt that left ama and i told the doctor that he had left.
this pt returned on his own a few hours later (realizing he wasn't well) so when i called this doctor back to get orders for coumadin, the doctor refused to take him back as a patient even though his inr was close to 5. i told the md he had to take him or that would be abandonment and negligence since he wouldn't give me new orders. he started yelling at me so i hung up on him. i inevitably (hrs later) got the order but the md complained to my DON about me challenging him.
2. another doctor that all nurses dreaded, was giving me a hard time on the phone w/me about his pt. i was totally prepared with labs, s/s, vs, everything. yet he started screaming at me over the phone because it was late in the evening and he was a jerk anyway. so i hung up on him too. he called back and asked for my name and asked for my supervisor's name, which i gave. i asked him if he wanted my DON's name also which i think took him aback. so i gave him her name also, as well the the medical director's. i also asked him if he'd like my ss#.
i'm tell you people, this doctor was a total jerk to all nurses.
in both cases, i was vindicated but i just refuse to have a doctor or anyone else yell at me. and i had warned both of them that if they continued to yell, i was going to hang up. and they both chose to continue to yell and belittle me.
the irony is, doctor #2 was a superb doctor and his bedside manner w/his pts was awe-inspiring; gentle, sensitive, warm. i think he hated either nurses or women in gen'l. so when his last pt. died, i extended my hand to shake his, and said "dr. so and so, it's been a pleasure'". he just kind of hmmmmphed his way out. yet sev'l months later, he had one of his pts admitted for hospice services, and you know? he treated me with such respect and was absolutely endearing. he even told me i treated his pt. in a way he would want his mother to be treated.....yes, an actual compliment. i'm thinking he got enough feedback re: his attitude that he realized he needed to do some serious introspection.
as for doctor #1 who had a ton of pts at this facility, he avoided me like the plague. he'd call our floor and ask a nurse if i was working today and if i was, he wouldn't come to the floor. :chuckle
then probably a couple of months later, one evening he came to the floor and we chit-chatted a bit about this and that; and he said to me, "leslie, maybe you're not the most liked nurse but you are undoubtedly the most respected".
wasn't sure how to take that, but i thanked him nevertheless. some doctors and their egos. ugh.