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by mnrb_mdn mnrb_mdn (New Member) New Member

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How can a nurse deal with mean doctors at your place of employment. I have worked as a unit clerk for 10 years. I am currently in school for my BSN, and one of my biggest fear as a new nurse is how to deal with mean doctors. I have seen first hand how these doctors speak to some nurses where I work and see how some of them get very upset.

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AgentBeast has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology and ER Nursing.

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Learn to give as good as you get.

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Orange Tree specializes in Medical Surgical Orthopedic.

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If they're upset and being "mean" for a reason, I listen and try to improve where I'm falling short. If they're just a jerk, I tend to hear, "blah blah lalalalala blah blah" when they speak. I can only think of one MD that I'd consider a jerk, well... maybe two! Most of them are not difficult to get along with, at all.

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sissiesmama has 22 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG.

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If they're upset and being "mean" for a reason, I listen and try to improve where I'm falling short. If they're just a jerk, I tend to hear, "blah blah lalalalala blah blah" when they speak. I can only think of one MD that I'd consider a jerk, well... maybe two! Most of them are not difficult to get along with, at all.

My thoughts exactly! I do try and listen and try to fix the problem, apologize if I screwed up, ect. If they are just that kind of person, they end up sounding like the teacher from Charlie Brown - "mmmwah mmwahh, mmm..."

Thank goodness the good usually outweigh the mean ones.

Good luck to u!

Anne, RNC

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How can a nurse deal with mean doctors at your place of employment. I have worked as a unit clerk for 10 years. I am currently in school for my BSN, and one of my biggest fear as a new nurse is how to deal with mean doctors. I have seen first hand how these doctors speak to some nurses where I work and see how some of them get very upset.

future nurse.......:confused:

Why would that even bother you? Lots of people are mean. It's up to you to decide whether or not to be their door mat and take their crap. I'm constantly perplexed at why this is a big deal to nurses.

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Heidi the nurse is a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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Kill 'em with kindness :)

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AgentBeast has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology and ER Nursing.

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Kill 'em with kindness :)

Sometimes that only makes them angry.:clown:

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LouisVRN is a RN and specializes in Med/Surg.

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A lot of doctors where I work that are known as "mean" just want the best care possible for their patients. I'm fine with this and find that as soon as the doctor realizes that this is all that I want as well I no longer have an issue with them being "mean" and in fact its these doctors that a lot of times will ask for my input. However I did have one doctor a few weeks ago that was being completely unreasonable. It did upset me but I just try to let it roll of my back afterall I was doing my job and thankfully it is not to keep him happy.

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KayRN910 has 1 years experience and specializes in ER.

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Like everybody says, try to listen to why they are being mean. Second, make sure you have your facts together and ready to stand your ground, esp if you are paging them or you see a potential problem or issue. Sometimes I say,"I understand what you are saying, but -this, this, this, this- is the problem I was seeing and I was wondering about -this-." Sometimes, your best asset is to use your knowledge, not to argue back! :) But, like most people said, most doctors are pretter reasonable to work it. :)

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Forever Sunshine has 7 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC.

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Have your ducks in the shortest, most straight forward row possible, but include all important details.

We have one doctor who almost every nurse in the facility has a horror story about. No idea why they keep him. If you look up "stoic" in the dictionary.. his face would be there. You call him up for anything.. he says two words. "Yes." and "Ok." Now I'm not asking for a play by play of his day, but at least a goodbye at the end of the phone call would be nice.

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