Quote from mabel u.k
Hannah it sounds like you have had a really bad week. I do try to remember that at this time of year all of the doctors have changed, you house officers are brand new out of med school and are trying to come to terms with the changes in their responsibility the SHO may well be on his first senior job and feeling a little insecure. I don't know what level doc your experience was with and I would not try to justify bad manners or poor practice but there may be an explanation for his behaviour.
Firstly I work as part of a surgical team, consisting of a consultant, SPr, me SHO and HO I wonder if your doctor knew where to find the aprons and inco sheets, also he may not have considered using an inco he probably has never had to change a soiled sheet so may not have even thought of it.
If my patient was undergoing a procedure on the ward I would have no problme in explaining the procedure to them, in fact I think that sometimes nurses can explain better in a way that the patient understands and feels reassured by.
I always worry that as healthcare profesionals we are very quick to critisie other professions without trying to understand the pressures that other jobs entail, and this is not exclusive to nursing, I hear docs critisise nurses, nurses critisise physios, physios critisise doctors etc etc.
and it concerns me that there is little tolerance left in the NHS when we are all trying to achieve the same thing - best care for the patient
I hope your week gets better
mabel i fear you are an old school nurse would that be right? i think if you are ,you are without a doubt more tolerant to doctors behaviour than the new age of nurses thats the way you where taught.
i have no problem in the world whatsoever helping any doctor or indeed carrying there workload whether it be cannulation, venepuncture, ecgs, etc etc BUT its all about respect and if the doctor doesnt have the manners i will not go out of my way to assist them i mean why should i, i too have a massive caseload!!!!!!!! i would also have no problem explaining a procedure to a patient, if i had the time to do so yeap no bother at all!
you are right people are becoming less tolerant but il tell you why for years nurses quite frankly have suffered abuse at the hands of every other professional in the hospital and for many years the profession( that we struggled so hard to even get recognised as one!! ) has been treated like a dogs body and thats exactly where it all went wrong letting people treat us like that. so in this new age of nursing i hope to see more nurses fight for the respect they so rightly deserve!!!!
ps i am all about the patient and if everyone gave each other the respect they deserved, all working relationships would be better and that would directly effect the patient care in a good way!! so again heres to respect!!