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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!!!

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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