I work at a very small hospital. We have 2 surgeons, and 2 docs plus a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant. This morning, xray comes and gets me, they have someone in trouble in the CT. I walk in, the guy is waxy and pale, shaking all over, but responsive, he is half sitting up on the bed. The xray techs are trying to help the guy sit up. In the process his eyes roll up in his head, and he begins to twitch, and becomes unresponsive. (looks like a seizure to me) but quickly reverses out of it. The whole episode lasted about a minute. So we call for someone to call the doctor, I go to get a cuff to get some vital signs and the doctor happens to be coming up the hall. I tell him that we need him in CT and start to get vitals. We attempted to tell him what had happened, he wouldn't listen, all he would say, oh it was just an anxiety attack because they were getting ready to start an IV. Well, stupid me, but, I had just witnessed what I had, and doc didn't even want to know what had happened. I was so angry. Well, we move the guy out into our special care unit for a little while so we could monitor vitals and make sure that he was going to be ok before they did the contrast CT. A little while later, the radiologist came in (we have one that we share with other hospitals) The xray techs had filled him in on what had happened. He came and talked to me----says, gee, sounds like he had a seizure (imagine that), Well in the process, and I guess this is what I am really upset about, the original doctor told another nurse that I needed a valium because I was so hyperactive. That was uncalled for, for starters, secondly, he said it in front of this person's family, trying to be funny. I am not an idiot, I worked in an ICU before I came to this hospital, I ride the local ambulance as an RN---and am quite capable of handling myself in a crisis. Well to make this book short, the patient is ok---and by the end of the day I was speaking to the doctor--but why did he have to try to make me look like and idiot to the patient's family and to the other nurse--even if he thought he was being funny. Thanks for listening.
Apr 6, '02
Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02