i have always been disappointed when i see/hear disrespectful attitudes/comments between or about doctors and nurses. interestingly, this was posted to the news section of allnurses today:
"2009 survey: doctor nurse behavior--problems impact patient care
doctor-nurse behavior problems impact patient care
by carrie johnson
examine the eye-opening results of the acpe survey on doctor nurse behavior and learn how the problems can directly affect patient care.
according to the survey results, outrageous behavior
is still common in this country's health care organizations.
more than 2,100 physicians and nurses participated in the
survey, and some of the tales they related were surprising:[color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]
[color=#e36a27]* physicians groping nurses and technicians as they
tried to perform their jobs.
[color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]* tools and other objects being flung across the or.
[color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]* personal grudges interfering with patient care.
[color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27][color=#e36a27]* accusations of incompetence or negligence in front of
patients and their families.
according to the respondents, the fundamental lack of
respect between doctors and nurses is a huge problem that
affects every aspect of their jobs. staff morale, patient safety
and public perception of the industry all suffer as a result.
the electronic survey was emailed to about 13,000 doctors
and nurses. of those who participated, about 67 percent
were nurses and 33 percent were physicians.
behavior problems are obviously pervasive: nearly 98
percent of the survey respondents reported witnessing behavior
problems between doctors and nurses in the past year.
responses were divided over how frequently problems arose.
about 30 percent of participants said bad behavior
occurred several times a year, while another 30 percent said
it happened weekly, and about 25 percent said monthly. a
surprising 10 percent said they witnessed problems between
doctors and nurses every single day.
what was the most common complaint? degrading
comments and insults that nearly 85 percent of participants
reported experiencing at their organizations. yelling was second,
with 73 percent. other typical problems included cursing,
inappropriate joking and refusing to work with one another.
some of described behavior is criminal, and would
appear to meet the criteria for an assault charge, such as
throwing scalpels or squirting a used syringe in a co-worker's
face. but according to some survey participants, it's the dayto-
day putdowns and slights that can be the most harmful.
"the worst behavior problem is not the most egregious,"
wrote one participant. "it's the everyday lack of respect and
communication that most adversely affects patient care and
physician, heal thyself
while there were complaints about nurse behaviors,
both doctors and nurses who filled out the survey said physicians
were to blame for a large part of disruptive behaviors.
many of the participants accused physicians of patronizing
and belittling nurses, a pattern some surmise may have been
instilled in medical school."