Kari Gupta

YesterdaySep 6 at 6:21pm

Dr. Barbara Carper wanted to show others that nursing was more than science (Eisenhauer, 2015). Years ago it was common practice to not fully inform patients of conditions or treatment, frequently omit information. When I read this, I thought are you kidding me, who would do that. It made me think of a situation that happened early in my nursing career. In discussing the plan of care for the day with the patient, I found out that the physician hadn’t seen her but had placed a note that he had. This caused a multitude of problems. The patient was a retired RN and very upset about the note being prematurely placed and a plan put into place with new medications, orders, etc. before the physician saw her. When the physician came out to the floor, he was yelling down the hall at me, being rude, and swearing. The patient had asked for a new physician but he wanted a chance to explain. Unfortunately, the patient heard how he was treating me and wasn’t having it. The physician continued to berate and harass me at the nurse’s station and down the hall. He was so loud that eventually the charge nurse and floor managers came out. He made me feel flustered, inadequate, and unsure of myself. I listened and tried to respond reasonably and politely.