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How do surgeons treat nurses in your country?

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by gracehe gracehe (New) New Nurse

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In the operating theatre I'm working in, I would say that 95% of the surgeons are respectful to the nurses. They speak politely and are reasonable in their demands. There is little/no interaction beyond work, even if you happen to sit at the lunch table together.

4% are surgeons who must have every little thing their way. If anything goes wrong, they will scream vulgarities and scold the nurses harshly. Nurses dislike them but usually excuse them, saying that it's just the way they are.

1% are surgeons who are exceptionally nice. They address the nurses by name, say thank you, warn you of sharp items on the field, assist in transferring the patient. They may also bother to converse with you regarding subjects beyond work.

This is in Singapore and only from my personal experience. As with many Asian countries, the hierarchy is quite steep between doctors and nurses. 

How do surgeons and nurses interact in your country?

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Sassy-RN has 13 years experience.

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Most are nice. A few are dicks.

Very little interaction outside of OR.

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FurBabyMom has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN.

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I think this depends on where you work and what is tolerated on the organizational level.  Most of our surgeons are nice.  Some are...less nice and some are just having a not so good day.  It's really rare for us to have truly terrible surgeons where I work - but that speaks to the organizational culture more than it does individual behaviors.  Honestly, for us, our anesthesia attendings tend to have a higher level of superiority over staff than the surgeons. 

Regarding my surgeon colleagues - we talk about almost anything in a given day at work (family, pets, food, travel, sports, etc.).  In my experience, most tend to say hello (or stop to talk) when they see us out and about outside of work. 

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Kevin657 has 3 years experience.

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In my country,China,In my work place.98% are surgeons who are very nice.They address the nurses by sister/brother, say thank you,say sorry, warn you of sharp items on the field, assist in transferring the patient. They may also bother to converse with you regarding subjects beyond work.and we always have jokes during the surgery.

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR.

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I am in the US and have noticed that in private practice the dick-ishness factor is higher. The docs in the teaching hospital environment seem to, as a rule treat the staff better, with more respect. Of course that does go both ways. They way I see it I earn the respect by having everything prepared and knowing what is going on and paying attention, as in don’t give them a reason to be nasty. 

I think with the private practice ones, the onus is on the profit margin and being accountable to the bottom line of the practice as well as the hospital that adds another layer of stress. 

Or no matter where they work, some are just jerks. Me personally? I prefer the university teaching environment because those that misbehave get thier chain yanked from above. In the private world, nobody holds them back.

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