What are some of the most outrageous things a DOCTOR has said to you or asked of you?



This happend to both my sister and I when we were trying to unsucessfully get pregnant.

My Ob/Gyn tells me that I should have no problem getting pregnant. He said my husband was obviously not "doing it" right.

Her doctor tells her to dim the lights and buy some soft music. Then he said if her husband needed some instruction, he would be happy to advise.

Well, needless to say- I went to an RE on a referral from RESOLVE. I would have never gotten pregnant since my tubes were both blocked. I got pregnant via IVF. My sister went to the same RE and she got pregnant with an IUI treatment.

A different scenario:

A good friend of mine is an R.N. She works somewhere in a S. Florida hospital. She told me of an R.N who was caught with a married Heart surgeon with his pants down...(literally) She was fired on the spot. He was given a slap on the hand. This doctor tells her that what she did was extremely unprofessional and unethical (as he was buttening up his pants and walking away). DUH??

How about you?




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I was told by a doc in a very nasty, sarcastic tone, to mix some kind of unusually-mixed humalog insulin that he had ordered because "It's not rocket science--what's wrong with you people?"

so I directed his call to the pharmacy, since it was not hospital policy for RN's to mix insulins when the type he ordered was not available at the facility.

That was after he'd hung up on me twice before I could confirm the orders in which he was equally nasty to me. I just calmly called him back until I got a straight order.

And , Oh yes, I reported him.


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I was picking up some night shifts last year when they were short-handed. One of the other nurses called a physician about a patient she had who had a PP tubal ligation. The patient only had Vicodin ordered for pain and, of course, she forgot to tell anybody that Vicodin made her throw up. So, the other nurse called the doctor when the patient needed pain medication after her epidural wore off and the pt did not want Vicodin. The doctor gave the nurse an order for IM Demerol. A few minutes later, this doctor called back and asked for the nurse he just spoke with. She was medicating her patient at that time and for some unknown reason, the nurse who answered his call had me talk to him. He wanted to know how, in the future, he could avoid getting any "non-emergent" pain med orders at one o'clock in the morning. The hospital I work for makes writing post-partum orders very easy for the doctors. We have a pre-printed order form and the doctor simply needs to check-mark the orders they want. The order form has about eight different pain meds to chose from ranging from Tylenol to Demerol. Most doctors check off three or four meds of varying strengths so that the RN can administer the pain med appropriate for the patient's pain level. If one med is not working for the patient, there is another option to go to without calling the doctor. When I tried to explain to the doctor that he could check off more than one pain med option, he just wasn't getting the idea. He asked why I (or the other RN) just couldn't "handle" it without calling him. Ummm in my state, prescribing medication is not a nursing intervention, it is a medical (MD) intervention. He was not amused.

What I really wanted to ask him was if he would like to explain to his patient that her severe pain was "non-emergent."


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A few years ago the very day that we began computer charting a nasty, cranky,waiting for a flood polyester hagar slack wearing doc got mad at me because I couldn't get him in the computer fast enough. He said, very loudly, "Can't we get someone competant!'

It was right at change of shift, so we all decided that he might have better luck finding a competent nurse on day shift.

To this day we will still holler "Can't we get someone competant!'after he leaves (Yeah, we are chicken, but its still fun)

Specializes in CVOR,CNOR,NEURO,TRAUMA,TRANSPLANTS. Has 18 years experience.

Had a Dr once in Or , He was crude ,rude and obnixious but I happened to like the guy , his patient care skills were the best I had seen, and he never let any situation get the best of him and is sense of humor off key but it was harmless ,

He once mentioned to me that his butt itched and that since he was "all steriled up " could I get it for him, I laughed and told him that I heard that putting something cold elevated the itch was that true he said yes thats true it restricted the capillaries and blah blah blah ... so I took his advise and I poured cold saline down the back of his scrubs... He died laughing and amazingly he never got another itch around me again...

It broke the tension in the room, I was waiting for the administration to come in and remove me anytime during that day, but they never did.



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As a student, I was told by a Brit Doc that the UNited States graduates a bunch of idiots as nurses. How do you like that one!

Specializes in Hospice. Has 28 years experience.

:kiss When I was working ER we had a female doc that told us we were not to put our hair behind our ears. She thought it looked to sexy! :rolleyes: Get a grip, she wore short skirts......lol. Everytime I worked with her, I styled my hair with it behind my ears, just to see if she would say anything.

Jay-Jay, RN

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I had a clinical instructor who INSISTED students wear watches with second hands. That meant this poor, impoverished student had to go out and BUY a new watch. I hadn't done it by our second week of clinical, and she raked me over the coals.

Once I had graduated, I went back to my digital watch. I found out the backlight on it was GREAT for counting IV drips at night. Just put it behind the drip chamber, and voila, you could time the IV without having to turn on a flashlight and disturb the patient!

I also found that it was easier for me to remember a number, like .25 seconds rather than watching the second hand on a watch face. I sometimes found I forgot whether I started my count at 20 after or 25 after.


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I once had a doctor offer me 1,000 for a night. :eek: Nuf said.


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I have seen and heard many things. However, this one made me sick! I was assisting a GU surgeon with a post op dressing on a fresh urinary diversion (illeal conduit). As he was assessing the site, he kept talking about how beautiful the stoma was in form and color (patting himself on the back, since i did all the work!). He left the room and after a second or two...pops his head back in the door to add " That stoma is so beautiful, it actually turns me on" :eek: What a scum ball! After I tried to smooth things over with this little lady....I reported him:(


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Specializes in Everything but psych!. Has 31 years experience.

When staple guns were first being used in the OR for intestinal resections, I had the honor of being the circulating nurse in our first case, using the "Autosuture gun". As the surgeon was trying to make the anastamosis, the bowel kept falling over, so he wasn't able to use the gun. The only thing he figured out was if something could help the bowel be firmer.

Well....I ended up spending the last 30 minutes of the surgery with a sterile glove on, under the OR drapes, with my finger up the rectum of the pt. to make the bowel stand up for the staple gun. I'm glad they didn't miss with the staple gun!


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I was caring for an end-stage cancer patient, who was in extreme pain (even though he was getting a lot of morphine, it wasn't enough). When I informed his physician that we weren't controlling this patient's pain, he informed me that he didn't feel comfortable ordering additional medication. His final words, before walking away, were "I've never seen anyone die from pain, but I have from pain meds!" WOW!!! :stone (And, yes, I was a patient advocate and started the "chain-of-command".)

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