Know a disruptive physician?

  1. I'm a law student in California, and I'm beginning research on a law review article about disruptive physicians. I would love to hear about your experiences with disruptive docs, as well as your opinions about why they are the way they are, how much of an impact their behavior has on staff turnover rates and patient care, and what you think should be done about them. If you think disruptive docs are wrongly persecuted, I'd like to hear about that too. If you know of any additional resources I should look into, that would also be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    There are a million and one threads on this very subject here at all nurses...... And they spell out specifically what it is you are seeking, better than I could with any single response. I encourage you to do a thread search with these keywords (such as disruptive/rude/disrespectful doctors) and you will net a LOT of opinions on the subject. I wish you well.....
  4. by   Gldngrl
    Ms. Gooch-
    Feel free to pm me. I am an RN and just graduated from law school and have dealt with this issue.
  5. by   HARN
    I can think of only one Dr at the hospital I work at the really truly disruptive. He is rude to the nurses calling for orders, demands this that we as nurses don't do, critical of our judgement, never can get ahold of him when ou need an order & you have to talk directly to him, he has no coverage. Will not give orders for meds to calm a pt down or for anything actually. I mean if t is mean he has done it. He intimidates new RN's.
    We as RN's have taken action if he gives an inapproriate order or will not return our call we can call the head cardiac Dr at home. Which makes him look not so good. So I am hoping this will put an end to his disruptiveness
  6. by   purplemania
    Besides creating a hostile work environment for the nurse, I feel a disruptive MD creates a health risk for his/her patient. When nurses are afraid to communicate with the MD, or get orders clarified, or provide an intervention then the pt. may suffer physically and emotionally. As a mature nurse I will not tolerate this behavior, even if it compromised my job. And I would not hesitate to sue the MD who abused me verbally or physically. Either the problem is getting better than it was years ago, or I see it less because I REFUSE to accommodate this behavior.
  7. by   cheeriobby
    I for some reason find that cardiologist and surgens are the worst.
  8. by   -jt
    <know a disruptive physician?>

    Yeah..... and despite the whole hospital knowing just how abusive and disruptive he is to nurses, other doctors and everybody, he was recently asked to fill our vacant CEO position.

    I copied the following article from a post here & hung it up on our bulletin board right outside our Executive Administration Offices. It was written by a California lawyer & may be helpful to your research. You might even want to contact him. His email address is at the end of the article at that website:

    <The disruptive physician's impact on patient care and hospital operations can be severe. Nurses and support staff may be so intimidated by the disruptive physician's conduct that they hesitate contacting him about patient issues for fear of incurring his wrath. Medical staff members may find him so abusive that they choose to move their practice elsewhere. Hospital administrators may find themselves constantly addressing employee complaints and threats of hostile work environment litigation. So how do you break the cycle and tame the seemingly untamable?...... >

    For the FULL STORY, go to
  9. by   -jt
    <I would love to hear about your experiences with disruptive docs,>

    When I was a brand new nurse, I walked into my pts room where the neurosurgeon was conducting rounds with his residents - one of whom had given him a wrong answer - & he was ranting at them & all red in the face. I walked in and asked him a question about the pt & he picked up a roll of those hard, industrial, brown paper towels that the housekeeper had left on the table & threw it at me like he was pitching for the Yankees. It hit me in the upper chest and face. In front of the pt & the residents. I was shocked, startled, & humiliated. No one said a word - not even me. I never experienced being treated that way before & didnt know what to do then, so I just walked out and he got away with it. He made no apology and even physically pushed me out of his way as he walked by me. I just couldnt believe it happened. I didnt even file an incident report. Im much wiser now. Now, Id make a federal case out of it, file assault charges, & sue the bastard. I never spoke to him after that - not even about his pts. Nowadays, if an MD is even just verbally abrasive to me, Ill tell him/her where they can find me when they are ready to speak to me like a civilized human being. And then I walk away.

    What made that neurosurgeon behave the way he did? Id say it was all because he was unusally short (in height).
  10. by   niteshiftnurse
    I had a doctor throw a chair at me once and missed me by an inch, but I was agency at the time and relatively new and let it go without saying anything. I know better now
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    Beat me to the article JT!

    Search here of "disruptive physicians"