10 questions I’d love to ask SOME MDs…


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1. How much money do you really make?

2. May I have my (insert loaned item such as pen, stethoscope, chart) back now?

3. How long will you be sitting at (my) computer and when can I have (my) chair back?

4. Do you believe in hand washing?

5. So, do you REALLY like your job? The nurses? Your patients?


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Amy Bozeman

Amy is many things: a blogger, a nurse, a wife, a mom, a childbirth educator. She started her journey towards a career in nursing when she got pregnant with her first child. After nursing school and studying "like she has never studied before" she entered the nursing profession eager to get her feet wet. The first years provided her with much exposure to sadness, joy and other complex human emotions. She feels that blogging is a wonderful outlet and a way for nurse bloggers to further build their community. Traditionally, midwives have handed down their skill set from midwife to apprentice midwife. She believes nurses have this same opportunity: to pass from nurse to new nurse the rich traditions of this profession.

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33 Responses to 10 questions I’d love to ask SOME MDs…

  1. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    “Did you really just do that, say that, write that order, and/or act like that in front of a patient?”

  2. Glad I discovered this site! Nurses need a forum to vent, share, and connect with other nurses outside of the work area, To work through the stressors, problems our field can create,and take its toll on our well being. We wont be able to solve every problem we encounter but may be able to find better ways to deal with the many issues we face. .And to be able to relate and support one another will surely be beneficial emotionally.

  3. Rebekah Child Scrubs Blogger

    I love it! I have often thought some of these…and said some of them too!

  4. Shawnee

    One perk about working in a family practice is being able to work VERY closely with the doctors. I have gotten to know them so well that sometimes I do ask them questions like this. It’s always interesting to see what their answers are!

  5. Prisca, here in Minnesota, somebody had done a poll among MD’s and a very large number of them would not recommend being a physician to their kids. They cited higher stress loads at work related to malpractice insurance, and increased time having to fight insurance companies for reimbursement for services rendered.

    At least at a growing number of hospitals, there is at least computerized charting, which takes away that wonderful game of “What do you think the doctor wrote here?”, as we nurses would battle in vain to decipher poor handwriting. (On that point, I cannot say much, my handwriting is dreadful)

    There has to be some kind of pay-off for the years of schooling and the amount of debt that some of these doctors must have. My son is looking at 50 grand in student loan debt just with his B.A in Design with a Japanese minor.

  6. Sorry for the late comment, but I just discovered this site while doing research for my blog.

    I, am an MD, who is not afraid to answer questions. I echo Steve’s comments about the work environment and economic issues not being friendly for docs.

    And I am sure that frustration gets passed along to nurses, their staff, and their family.

    I have one thing that keeps me straight, my wife of 29 years is a nurse-and she will kick my you know where, if I don’t treat nurses with the respect they are due.

    We can all learn from each other, if we treat each other with respect and dignity.

    Great Post!

  7. Betty Merchen

    How about “Did they not tell you in medical school you would have to be ‘on call’ and get phone calls about patient’s in the middle of the night?”

  8. acey

    “You are the head of the department. Why, despite numerous, varied, and repeated complaints from over a dozen people, do you refuse to dismiss the nurse with borderline personality disorder that no one likes or wants to work with? In addition to being unpleasant, lazy, and difficult to work with, she takes shortcuts she should not take, she’s dangerous, incompetent, and one day, a patient is going to pay for it.”

  9. jeanie

    How about. “Were you born an asshole or did you take lessons?”

  10. rosa

    Are you that arrogant as to think in a nursing home you know these residents better than the nurse!

  11. Rashida

    @ Jeanie that is hilarious!!!

  12. shirley

    One word— “Really???”

  13. Shelley

    I SOOO agree with Rosa about working in a nursing home!! Good one…and very true!!

  14. gg

    Could you say that slowly, and in English

  15. Cassie

    these are great !!!

  16. Lynn D.

    Where you absent the day they went over Standard Precautions?

  17. June


  18. My question for a Dr.; How would you like to be a nurse for a day ? Think many of them would appreciate ALL that we do much more. NOT so easy !

  19. Or, you could simply ask this one:

    “Are you listed on the Medical Maniacs website?

    In which case you won’t need to ask any more questions.

  20. Coby

    “If your mother was in the room would you talk to me that way?”

    As a new traveler in a small Iowa hospital that had never had travelers, I asked a Dr (with no nametag) who had just given me a list of verbal orders “I’m sorry, I don’t know your name, can you tell it to me so I can finish these orders?”
    Aghast, he replied “I’m a legend in this hospital!”
    I smiled sweetly and said “Well, I spent the last 3 mos in Phoenix, and I’m pretty sure they don’t know you there. So. Your name, please?”

  21. Norma R.N.

    I have one for the experienced nurses to the new grad MD’s that talk down to us in front of our peers, “Can I put my size 10 up your arse once you walk out the door”, “no i can’t?” Ah what the heck I think I am gonna do it anyway I love to throw caution to the wind. Can’t wait till they get their first lawsuit and get humbled

  22. Michelle

    I absolutely LOVE the computer/chair comment…and I really do get the mal-practice insurance issues along with many of the other issues the doc’s face… But something I would LOVE to say is,
    “Do I REALLY look like your therapist??? Cause I’m not getting paid for personal services…lol”

  23. Joyce Bruno

    “And you are keeping this patient all day in the ED why?

  24. Kelsie MSN RN

    Love this site! :)

  25. haleymoore RN

    How DOES your wife put up with you???????????

  26. Nlw004

    Didn’t your mother teach you ANYTHING?

  27. nursesstink

    Would you ask the same questions to a DO you ignorant human being?

  28. afallon1991

    Or for one of our er doctors who admits alot of people in a 12 hour shift: how about you take these people up and have radiology call wanting people for an xray that you ordered and then have the techs get mad cause you’re too busy admitting people?

  29. newnurse72

    My experience thus far has been quite better than expected as far as the Doctors is concerned. The ones I work with are respectful and sometimes say things like “thank you,” and I have even heard, “I’m sorry for working you so hard today.”

    But, I do really, really, really want to know, “Why must you ask me to call another doctor then to only call you back with his response? Is there a reason you can’t just call him?”

    I would even provide the other doctor’s phone number. :)

  30. Plus one

    As a charge nurse in long term care I was doing rounds with our new house MD who had little to no long term care experience. When he thought we were done he got up to leave until I asked “Just where do you think you’re going? You are not done until I say!” His surprised look was priceless but he sat and finished signing off previous orders. Over the next 5 years we became friends and both learned a lot from each other, including respect for each of other’s profession.