Good article. I have been nursing for 31 years. I have taken a lot of abuse from doctors, (mostly due to low self esteem). I have also learned that the docs are under tons of pressure from peers, patients, families, insurance rates, rules from government (medicare, etc) and sometimes they just blow. Most of the time, I let them blow, explain that I understand where they are coming from ( if appropriate) but I did nothing wrong and then offer to help fix the problem if possible to do so ( like find labs or other tests, etc). Most of the docs have appreciated being called out in this manner and most have apologized. Do not be afraid to nicely stand up for yourself if you are not the problem.
www.americannursetoday.com/Article.a sp x?id=9674&fid=9626 This is a recent article from American Nurse Today. I found it to be informative. Being a novice nurse, I haven't had much conflict with physicians. I'm sure this will change as time goes by. The most interesting statement was, "Nurses who are hard on themselves tend to allow others to be hard on them, too." I think this is so true. We start early in our profession at being hard on ourselves. The drive for perfection is often instilled in us, by us, as early as our college education, with the stress and strain, sometimes just to meet the minimal to pass. And the psychological suffering we put ourselves through is we don't meet our own lofty goals. However, I would encourage myself and the rest of us to never allow a physician to treat us in a manner that we would not permit them to treat a pt.
I enjoyed the reading and would encourage you all to take a peek. I would also enjoy hear your stories of Nurse/Physician conflict and how you resolved it!!
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