Let me put a question to the readers here:
What are your experiences & feelings on Nurse / Doctor relationships in general?
Given the time & effort it takes to complete a nursing degree plus specialty training, I would suspect at the very least there should be some professional respect on both sides of any Nurse / Doctor relationship. Particularly when it comes to senior or experienced staff.
Not so, says Nurse In Australia reader Nighean, responding to a post on nursing shortages. See if you can identify with anything in this reader’s contribution:
Doctors still believing they are the bastions of all knowledge?
This retention of nurses is an interesting thing. Yes the extra pay would be welcome and an improvement in conditions also.
But for me the reason I moved out of acute nursing as an experienced Grade 2 and later in my career as ANUM was due to being completely done with doctors still believing they are the bastions of all knowledge and therefore completely within their rights to be abusive or rude to you.
I got sick of having phones hung up in my ear when calling about a patient and reporting adverse pathology or a turn in their condition. I got sick of being sneered at when I suggested a course of treatment-often in consultation with the patient. Being the ‘advocate’ of the patient caused no end of sniggers, snide remarks, blatant commentary ‘all nurses are stupid’…etc. Professional status??? I think not. Not while the AMA rules with an iron fist.
Why are NP’s so slow to take their place? Because in the AMA’s eyes we are no more advanced than the sheepish, demure nurses that pandered to doctors over inflated ego’s in the ’50’s. Sure I’ve worked with some great doctors, but regrettably they are the exception not the rule. My education? Far exceeds the time it takes to become a GP but that counts for nothing apparently.
In my opinion there needs to be an investigation into the bullying of nurses from the medical profession. When we are treated with respect we might retain some great nurses, until then they will leave once they realise that another allied health professions or other career paths not only pay better, but allows true quality of life time, respect and professional recognition.