So, they should be offended at every single medical show I've ever seen--where when the SHTF--the very first word out of the MDs mouth is.....
Yep. Binge watch "House" or any other decent medical drama and yeah, it's always the doctor at the bedside, consoling said patient---and when the inevitable crump comes---they yell for the NURSE.
Why? I mean...if we're such dunderheads and do nothing but sling meds and take their orders, why are they calling for one of US? Do it yo damn self, if you're so good at it. I have other things to do.
The show "ER" always portrayed the "smart" and "skilled" nurses as the ones that "should go to medical school". Why?? Seriously. Why would I ever, EVER, want to do that? So I can prescribe? So I can intubate (most can't do this anyway)? I can prescribe as an NP. I can intubate as a paramedic.
The smart ones are nurses. We actually have a chance at a decent work-life balance. Doctors don't. At least, not for the 16 years they're battling through med school, residency, fellowship and then baby years as an attending. Nope. I think that's the dunderhead.
For the most part, the ones I have known are passive aggressive and only marginally competent. I used to love rounds in the ICU when 3rd year residents needed to have me explain how to read an EKG. Or when I had to calmly and carefully lead one of my senior residents through a CF of a central line insertion (the fellow didn't know how to do it properly either, and he was "teaching" the resident. when the pt went into VF, I calmly told the resident to pull the guidewire. Neither of them did one thing right when the pt went into arrhythmia. They just stood there. Dumb as a bag of hammers.) Or the 3rd year ER resident who ordered 10 mg of morphine for an opiate naive elderly gentleman with back pain---when I stopped him---he swore that this is what he wants!!! I strode over to the attending, without a word, showed him the order. Said resident was no longer in the program the following day.
They don't remember these things, and will deny them if you remind them.
There are good doctors and there are bad ones. Just like there are good nurses and there are bad ones. This is the same as it is in any profession. Television tends to glamorise doctors because it's good for business--for the portfolios of the 1% to have people "trust the doctors" and go to them for every tiny teensy ache and pain.
Which is precisely why we're in the mess we're in right now.