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Sometimes nurses need a doctor too!

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Have you ever had a bad doctor’s experience? As nurses, I think that we have an insider’s view into the medical profession and not all doctors (or nurses) are built alike. The nicest doctor I ever saw examined me in one room and then had me get dressed and took me to his office and actually listened to me. He really, really, really listened to me and seemed to actually care.

The worst doctor I’ve ever seen, technically, I never really saw him.

After waiting 45 minutes for my appointment and still not seeing the doctor, I got up and walked out. I figured if it was going to take 45 minutes just to get in a room, how long was I going to sit freezing cold in a paper gown waiting for him? Even us nurses (notoriously terrible patients) need help every now and then and we need to find a good doctor. Here are the top five things anyone can look for in your doctor:

1). Respectful (of you, your time, your knowledge)

2). Gives you information … just the right amount… not too little, not too much.

3). You get along. I always say, if you don’t get my jokes, this relationship is doomed.

4). He or she really listens. I mean really.

5). He or she is reachable…either by phone or email. I’ve even texted a doctor before!!!

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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2 Responses to Sometimes nurses need a doctor too!

  1. Conni

    If your worst doctor’s experience was having to wait 45 mintues for the appointment, get on your knees and give thanks. That is the least of the problems. The worst is having a medical problem and it not being addressed and having the doctor tell you point blank that the problem doesn’t exist (even though the x-rays say differently). He forgot I was a medical professional and knew better. Never saw him again and thankfully found a doctor who WOULD addres it! (Never saw him again as my doctor that is, unfortunately he sees patients at my hospital so I have to run into the little worm on occasion.)

  2. Granny RN RN

    Try having an Orthopedic Surgeon who tells you-without doing a physical assessment or anything beyond a basic X-ray that your 4 month old partial knee implant is ‘just fine’ and that you are ‘drug-seeking’ because there is no way that it could be hurting again.
    After calling my former co-workers in the PACU I was told what an ass this man truly was and referred to another surgeon in a different group practice. (Something I SHOULD have done before seeing the fool in the first place-broke my own rule!).
    When I saw the new doc (who also happened to be the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery) he not only did a full-out hands on exam but also a new set of X-rays AND a blood flow/bone scan of BOTH legs. He determined in the first office visit that the partial implant was loose and that a full out TOTAL Knee Replacement was now required.
    So he cleaned out all of the mess that the quack had made and soundly chastised him for ignoring my problem in the first place.
    My biggest regret? That I did not SUE the negligent bastard who called me a ‘drug seeker’ in the first place!