I greatly appreciate all the responses! And yes I am supposed to be writing somewhat of a short essay, on my own time! I am so sorry to say that the doctors do not show the nurses at my hospital any respect (even though the facility is magnet status). Even when you are clarifying a shady order, or reminding them that this or that has expired, or the pt is npo without any order for fluids etc.... they still have the nerve to get angry at us! I mean if they did their job we wouldn't have to call them half the time. Anyway I am just venting now.... I think my nurse manager wanted to have something in writing to defend us although I am really not sure. I work on a busy med/surg/hospice/stepdown floor and we also get postpartum with fetal demise. So as you all can imagine the nurses do a great deal. It is so insulting to have the doctors ask the question as if we do nothing. Especially when everyone works so hard. It's sad to know that when I get a doctor that listens, and treats me like a human I am surprised and almost grateful. I've even had a psychiatrist tell me once "I don't talk to nurses!" Could you imagine? Who spends the most time with the patient and knows the patient best?
Anyway thanks to everyone again... keep em coming if you have anything to add and wish me luck in my task. Lord knows it is a large and convoluted one.
:) take care ~ria