Sunday, July 15, 2007

I hate nurses

Are you a nurse? Do you have a friend who is a nurse? If so, what is your/her problem with life?

I went into my third year thinking the attendings would ignore me, the residents would be mean to me and the nurses would be the ones I run to when I need a happy environment.

WRONG!!!

Nurses are the biggest bitches I have ever encountered in my life. I understand that back in the day they were probably treated poorly because doctors are more revered, but it's freaking 2007. Drop that chip on your shoulder. We're over it and you should be too.

I know I'm only around for 12 weeks, but that is no reason to ignore me or to be rude. If I ask where I can find gauze, please tell me in a polite tone. There's no reason to bark the obvious "It's in the supply closet" and make me feel like an idiot. I know it's in the supply closet, but I don't know where the supply closet is located. Maybe you could elaborate.

As for the nurses in the operating room. I know you've been there for 50 years or more, but I am not familiar with the room. I'm not 100% sure where to stand and what I am allowed to do. There is no need to yell at me for trying to help, nor is there any reason to yell at me when I don't help. My actions are my decision. I make the decision that I think is best for the patient, my grade and myself. Nurses don't really factor in.

I know blaming nurses for my misery might seem childish, but when a patient tells me that he hates a nurse I can only think I might be on to somethinig. Patients come in seeking our help. They succumb to whatever their illness is, admit weakness and lower their pride. They should never be stepped on or mistreated.

I am caught in a bit of a quandary. Most people are telling me to keep my mouth shut and not say anything. This is how the hospital environment is and there is nothing that can be done about it. Nurses are always gonna be the bitches and that's life.

I don't think that's fair. I have occasionally come across a very sweet and kind nurse, someone with whom I could be friends. Why should I sit back in silence when I know it's possible to get along?

What do you think? Should I say something to the chief attending? If so, how should I word it without sounding like a whiny little baby?

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VJ said...

Yep, this is a bit like a WATB. Besides the inevitable personality conflicts, (you're in competition with *some* of them for the single male Doc's attentions on any number of levels), there's the huge ongoing structural issues.

It's also the hospital environment itself, it's dysfunctional & often times toxic. Ditto for the entire health care industry BTW. I mean what's not to love? The long qualified nurses get replaced wholesale by 'techs' & all sorts of 'aides' with barely enough knowledge or smarts to escape HS, let alone a real 4 year degree. They then enter into newly 'de-skilled' positions that once required a full nurse to attend to. Then they import the remainder from far distant foreign lands, just so they can pay them less for doing more with less. It all adds up to more time on more tasks, with more patients, but less skill 'required', and cuts in pay & respect. Again the shape of the new job force that few Docs ever bother to think about. Still, it's the typical job story for much of the declining & disappearing middle class in America. (see EPINET.ORG for more details on the economics of it all).

So perhaps more complex than imagined Roxy. Cheers & Good Luck! 'VJ'

Anonymous said...

Dude....if you entered the hospital to find a single MD to marry.... get a life.

Anonymous said...

Why are nurses mean to you and won't help you...because we don't have time to watch you like a child.... get off of our floors.

Roxy said...

To the second anonymous. I don't need supervision, but every human being deserves a little common courtesy. It also burns extra calories to smile.

Your job is to take care of patients. That involved helping me take care of patients. This is always and forever about the patient.

Anonymous said...

You can't win with nurses. They have this need to feel superior to us, so just smile and nod your head.

I could write a book about how much I hate nurses! Honestly, just writing this is getting me all worked up and angry. Anyway, you are not alone - almost every doctor I know hates them sooo much, but we do it secretly. The trick is to get together with your friends and bitch about them secretly while drinking heavily. The other trick is to try not to develop a drinking habit.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am a nurse, and have always taken it upon myself to greet the new Docs and try and make them feel welcome. I really do feel sorry for you guys, and not in a condescending way at all. You have to do so many rotations that you never really feel settled, and I understand that nursing staff can appear to be (and some in fact are) bitches. But can you please just attempt to see it a little from our view. Every 10 weeks (I'm from Australia), we get a new lot of HMO's, that we have to try and get orientated to the ward and the culture of the ward very quickly for it to all run smoothly. It can be very stressfull for us too- espicially when said new HMO appears to have an attitude towards the nurses. Mostly I will forgive and forget, because it is a strange environment, and usually with a few teething problems, it all works out in the end. I've developed some great realationships with the Doctors I work with, and am very upfront and say look, if im being a bitch, just tell me to pull my head in, and I will, and I hope to be able to do the same to them too. Its all about respect... but as you stated its really all about holistic care for our patients. We are interdependent on each other for making sure our patients recieve the best care possible.
I think thats enough now. I'm really sorry that you have encountered some horrible nurses... so come down to Australia, and we'll show you how its really done!

Anonymous said...

all you people are idiots (exept the nurses) my mom's a nurse yeah some of them can be bitches but you try working 12 hour shifts,cleaning up peoples crap every day,not to mention numerous amounts of other bodily fluids,see people die every day,keep track of thousands of charts documents and files while looking after the patients,while being constantly degraded by you "esteemed docters", and then knowing you only earn less then 35 an hour for all the shit you have to put up with! I think i'd be pretty bitchy to yet most of the nicest/hottest people i've met are nurses .So if you don't like what i've had to say then you can shove this comment (preferably the whole computer) up your smug,self centered ASSES!

Anonymous said...

Hey.. I don't know you, I've never read anything else on your blog, and I am not a member of the medical profession. However, as a patient, I can tell you that I WHOLE-HEARTEDLY agree that Nurses are Fucking Bitches and I have hated them my whole life. 90% are whiny, anal, co-dependent, closet psycho control freaks who don't know anything. (I've run into a few really good ones in my life, I have to admit). What's worse than not knowing anything is NOT LISTENING and trying to figure out the problem- and that's probably the primary reason why I hate nurses. I am not medically trained, but I know my body, and I'm intelligent, and time and time again I have correctly identified a real medical problem I am having to be completely ignored by a nurse. Instead of listening to me, they delight in the control they are over to exert over me by refusing to let me discuss my problem with a doctor, or find a way to discredit all of my reports.

And then there's the fact that the ones who aren't anal control freaks who are not capable of seeing the big picture are all closet psychos with Borderline Personality Disorder. They live for affairs with doctors, abusing substances and generally creating drama.

I say this, and I'm a healthy person who has nothing to do with the medical profession and only sees my doctor a few times a year at the most.

Anonymous said...

You sound like a nursing student and that is the your bad experiences with staff you've had and that's unfortunate.

However, it's hard being a nurse that tries to give all to patients, new staff, and students etc. and never any thanks nor appreciation from anyone and also being responsible for all the ancillaries, new nurses, and even what students do with the patients and without hospital management giving a damn in spite of the lip speak baloney.

It is all that that has made me decide to switch careers and dump nursing even after 15 years. Nursing??? NEVER!

rimshack said...

Thank you so much for posting this. Great rant. I'm a GI fellow and have been feeling the same way about nurses for over 6 years! I especially love the patient's perspective above. This thread makes me feel like I am not alone in dealing with these insolent bitches.

Anonymous said...

Modern nurses are ridiculous balls of moving egotism; because they have self-worth issues (or about 80% of them) for the obvious reason that they lack either the ambition or intelligence to be doctors, they will take this personal frustration and let it out on anybody they can. Because most of them lack any comprehension of the words modesty or compassion and are in it for the money or because they simply can't do anything else, they consequently seek power trips over others. I have yet to meet a brilliant, ambitious, kind, effective nurse. If you want to meet such people look to your writers and research scientists...these are the real heros of society.

Anonymous said...

MOST NURSES ARE LAZY BITCHES! They exist to scope out doctors and sleep with them. You ask them to do something and you would think you asked them for their first born child. I have encountered some caring and compassionate nurses, but very rare. Some of my relatives are nurses. They were lured to this country because of some of these lazy, low-self esteem, incompetent, hags who weren't willing to do Nursing. I am a doctor and I love my profession. Why can't nurses love their profession?

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with all of the comments about nurses being lazy bitches. Let's face it, nobody really wants to be a nurse and wipe asses. They are all medical school rejects looking for husbands with an MD to pay their bills. The only reason they know anything about patient care is because they see docs write the same orders over and over again for the same problem. They know nothing about the physiologic basis behind diseases or treatments. They want to be all in control but when it comes down to making life and death decisions they all say,"You are the doctor" with an attitude. They want us to use their advice in treating out patients, but if we do they treat us like we are stupid. It makes no sense, of course, because it is nursing behavior. I find it totally disgusting that they can treat us this way. Luckily, I am transitioning into a field of medicine that does not require me to deal with floor/ICU nurses anymore, and I am so excited. I think they like messing with our self esteem. Isn't it funny though when your attending rips them one right in front of you? I love it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to see other people think this way too.I felt like I was going crazy when I started working at the hospital since the nurses are evil, snoby for no reason total bitches. I am a young unit secretary at the hospital.I used to work in the CCU for 2 yrs and now in the Medical Surgical Unit. My gush these nurses have sooo much unnecessary attitude. They are seriously such Bitches. I don't want to offend anyone my two aunts are nurses and one of my cousins, he is a Med Student at UVA and the other one is already doing her residency and they both think the same. I'm sure all of you have seen the unit secretaries in the units when you are in the hospital. We do a lot of work such as putting the orders in, faxing, phones, bed calls, chart thinning, putting charts together upon admissions and D/C's. These careless rude annoying bitches give me soo much attitude and expect me to get all of the work done asap for 72 beds so they can sit on their fat ass and gossip. They are soo rude. They act like they are the shit and they are doing everyone's job. Well to be exact nowadays CNA's and Techs do all of their job. They give me attitude for telling them that they're patient is asking for them, They roll their eyes and make gestures that shows they are intimidated by that."IT'S YOUR F*ING JOB".If you don't like this job, why did you pick it and why are you making life miserable for everyone else around you. PatientCare is not a bitch's job because you are supposed to be mentally and emotionally stable in order to care for another human being dam it. They GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO BE BITCHY. I used to dress civilian and I don't do that anymore, I just wear scrubs because they look at me up and down and are even more bitchy to me if God Forbidd I look cuter than them in front of their target hook up Md. Give me a break...They are always complaining and gossiping and not doing their job. Sometimes I just want to slap some of them lol but I control myself. There are a few nice ones too but they also have their moments. OH..what's suprising is that the male nurses become bitchy too...I mean is it a nursing curriculum requirment to take a "HOW to Perform Like a Bitch" class...??
Roxy I love this statement that you responded earlier "every human being deserves a little common courtesy. It also burns extra calories to smile " I hope I don't get carried away and tell the nurses that..who knows??lol..

Anonymous said...

I couldnt agree more...although I am not a Dr...I am a medical technologist...I will never work in a hospital again because of nurses. I have worked in 4 hospitals within 10 years and the nurses are the same everywhere...lazy, ignorant, and feel self entitled to be that way....even though they dont do nearly the dirty work they used to. I have moved on to the medical software field and the funny thing is everywhere you go and everyone you meet that has had a role in the hospital has the same opinion. Literally every process that is defined or implemented in a hospital has to be child proofed because of nurses. I have never met a population of professional individuals that has ever been less deserving of the term professional.

Anonymous said...

PS nurse dont even whipe asses anymore truth is I can't figure out what they really do other than screw everything up and blame YOU!!

Kevin said...

Nurses are UNBELIEVABLY preoccupied with status and everyone's place in the hospital hierarchy. Basically they do what they're told for a living. The smart ones either chafe and become bitter, or move into management. Those left are a group of petty, angry women who take any pretext ("bad attitude") to exert some authority over medical students. It's sad and pathetic but very common. I've been through it and, for what its worth I recommend (1) not sinking to their petty level since they are so much more familiar with hospital policies, personnel and politics they're almost sure to win and (2) remember not to allow nurses to demean your medical students and residents when you become staff. By the way, a good rule-of-thumb for your entire clerkship and residency is NEVER complain. Focus on learning what you need to learn and doing what's best for the patient and you might be surprised at how even the crustiest of nurses soften up.

ORIF said...

I know this post is like *really* old, but....
I'm sorry you came across "bitter, busy bitches" on the floor you were on. I am nurse tech (gasp) working my way through nursing school (working fulltime and school fulltime, its nuts). Anyway, the nurses were short with me when I started, too. I didn't take it personally. It just gave me extra incentive to learn the ropes quickly. Also, floors that are saturated with rotations of students often get bogged down unless they strike that perfect balance fostering students and professionals to work alongside. Most likely these nurse are harried, and really don't to want to have to show the 500th student where the gauze is in the supply closet, when you can find it by just looking. Unfortunately, you get shuttled from floor to floor to get a "varied" experience and don't get to fully settle into a unit and that sucks. I don't envy your position at all, but hey at least when you graduate, you'll be making the big big bucks, and when I graduate I'll learn to be a bitter, busy bitch. Yay! What a world.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading all the post here and I'm appalled by some of the comments. I have been an attending for 2 years now in the ED. I have to agree at times the nurses were the ones that would make my life somewhat difficult during my residences. But I understand why.

I was an emergency RN for 4 years before going to med school. Nurses put up with so much shit (doctors, families, patients etc). When we make a mistake or a decision the patient does not like the nurse is the one that needs to explain and listen to all the comments and complaints a family makes. They are the ones that spend 99% of the time with the patient and family. In the emergency department when I write 10 + orders for a certain patient they need to do them in a timely manner plus another 40 other orders for the other 5+patients in their care. You wonder why the nurse does not have time to hold your hand or is short with you regarding your questions. They are extremely busy and I find many are brass but I believe it is what they have to put up with everyday. Yes it is 2007 and many of my colleges still treat nurses with little or no respect. I know from personal experience the shit I went through when I was a nurse so I can sympathize with nurses. Don't talk bad about nurses because if they ever become a more unified profession they are the ones that hold all the power in the medical system. I treat all the nurses that work with me with the utmost respect and I have an excellent relationship with each and everyone of them. It took time but I ensure we work as a team.

This post really emphasized the need for new clerks to work with nurses to see all the tasks, caring, and skills they must preform. When a new clerk/ resident goes into a field and assumes they know more than the nurse (worked there for 40 years) you wonder why the nurse becomes bitter towards the student. I see at least every group, one clerk being condescending to the nurse. So you hopefully can understand why so many nurses dislike med students.

We as doctors receive all the respect and admiration from families, the high pay and looked upon by the public as leaders in the medical system. Nurses receive none of those aspects in their profession. Remember that the next time you work with them.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the post above. Some nurses I worked with were horrible with me during my rotations but so were some of the residents. The majority were great to work with. One of my instructors gave me excellent advice. Get the feedback from each member of your team (Nurses, RTs etc). I would ask them what they believe what has transpired with the client. By including nurses and other members of the medical staff in client care I found to establish a great rapport.

I found some units to have a negative atmosphere from lack of staff, poor management, no interprofessional team etc. One of my best friends is a nurse and his stories about nursing are very accurate to the above post. He loves nursing but I truly believe nurses put up with an enormous about of stress.

Give them a break. So some of you have had bad experiences with nurses. You should listen to all the stories that my friend has about us (medical students), residents and fellows. This goes both ways. Just consider how you as doctors approach other members of the team. That can make all the difference

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm a RN. It was interesting to read all the posts on this blog. I really appreciate those who stood up for nurses. There are so few who do, and so few who really understand what all the profession entails. I often found myself wanting to leave my job. Not because of the patients, but because of how I am treated by the residents and physicians. I was accepted and could have easily attended medical school. However, medical school and nursing are completely different professions, and I chose the one that I knew I would probably be happiest in because of the career-given abililty to touch lives in pure fragility. It is extremely vigorous schooling involving all subtitles. I've had physicians physically grab my arm, hang up on me, and other invasive techniques that are extremely unprofessional and inappropriate in any situation. I've had many a surgeon throw temper tantrums, or embarrass my judgment in front of the patient in order to make themselves feel better and inflate their egos. It's very, very unprofessional and immature.. much like the first note in this blog. I see it far too frequently, and it truly makes me frightened for our patients. Ego should not have precedence over patient safety and a professional environment. Nurses work extremely long and hard hours, often missing lunches and breaks. I've had days where I've gone the full fourteen hours only sitting down to write notes that I know the doctors probably won't even read anyway. We are blamed for everything most of the time - even when it is blatantly not our fault. The physicians basically spend less than five minutes with the patient a day, the rest of the care and important assessments are done by the RN. When the patient needs teaching - we are there. When they need consoling, support, or a family member is inquiring about their loved one - we are there. We are the ones who let the physcians know of important changes in a patient's condition, and deal with all of the side effects of the medications, tests, contrasts, and careless doctor's orders. We walk the patients, feed them, change dressings, monitor I&O's and vital signs, provide pain medications and high-risk infusions. In the media nursing is protrayed as a profession in which individuals don't do anything except to make mistakes and be berated by the "all-knowing physician". I'm always amazed by the TV shows that show doctors walking their patient or spending bascially the entire day with them - it just doesn't happen. In these shows and movies the doctors are actually performing all of the tasks and applying the knowledge that nurses do in reality. I want physicians to think about who really cares for the patients and makes them well. The doctor often makes the decisions in collaboration to what physical therapy, occupational therapy, social workers, care management nurses, dieticians, and nursing alike have decided upon and worked so hard for the patient. As life expectency increases and so many more need nursing care as we plunge deeper into a shortage, I really think that persons will come to appreciate all that nurses do. It's going to take alot to get over the stigma. And unfortunately it is going to take alot of cooperation from physicians who have made their careers possible because of nurses' work. Nurses truly work agains the odds.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I work at a call center and I have to deal with nurses and doctors all the time. My job requires that nurses call us to page a patient's doctor or to page a specialty doctor for a patient. I have to say that 85% of the nurses I encounter are rude bitches who treat us like answering machines instead of actual human being. Most of them cut us off when asking a simple question like a the spelling of a patients last name. Their snotty tone and condescending ways of speaking to us pisses me off. They'll act like we're wasting their THEIR time when in fact they don't understand how important sometimes it is for us to reach a specific doctor. They will give us complicated medical terms and refuse to spell the terms for us. I'm a call center agent not a doctor. I understand that they have to deal with stupid patients and long work shifts but I have to deal with 12 hour days also which include 95% of those hours being treated rudely by a nurse who won't cooperate for me to page a doctor. I have to do this all while being polite and I even have to call back when a nurse hangs up on me because she refuses to give me all the information I need before I can page a doctor. Nurse flat out suck but not all of them. There is a small amount of nurses who will cooperate and treat me with respect. They funny thing is with these nurses calls go a lot faster and smoother. Doctors are dicks too sometimes but that's another story.

Anonymous said...

I'm a nurse working in Las Vegas. Been doing this as a third career after mechanical engineering.

Ok. It's the WOMEN. Women are the most intercompetitive, backstabbing, "look at me, I'm important" people on this planet. And THEN you make em' nurses with some degree of decision making ability and turn em' loose.

It doesn't work. You have to find a happy medium when it comes to working with them. They will tear down the finest things you do, ignore that you've kept a patient alive, and then "write you up" (I love that term) for not changing someone's linens. Ya' don't believe me? Sit around and watch the "change of shift reports" and the "why didn't you?...you mean you didn't...you mean I HAVE to go to CT, why didn't YOU go" war between the female bitches.

Watch two male nurses give report.
"Thanks man, see ya' tomorrow."

It's a 24 hour job (another tired saying.) You get some nurses with more abilities and are less fatigued than others, so you can't expect everything. But the managers have hired everyone, so don't be the micro-manager know it all that is going to take it out on the lessor nurse.

And just watch an MD make a simple mistake. Those bitches will rip em' to shreds, both in their faces and mostly behind their backs.

It's women. Everyone knows how to hire them, no one knows how to WORK WITH THEM. Except ME!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a nurse and believe me nurses are bitches from hell. Stupid and proud and dumb as shit itself. I hate their attitudes of always trying to prove themselves. Nursing sucks. It is slave labor. I work and I feel just like a slave then some lazy fat bitch comes along and tries to prove something to me I hate nurses with a passion.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just wrote the worst post about nurses ever after working an overnight in the ER, and I'm replacing it with this one. Nurses make me so angry that I wrote something so hateful I could hardly believe I wrote it. I will just chime in instead and say, I really f#(king hate ignorant bitchy catty lazy loudmouthed nurses. There are maybe 40% of our nurses in our ER (that is very fortunate) that are just indispenseable clinicians who get the job done, help me to do mine, and really care about patients and make a huge difference in the patient's outcome. We (the good nurses and the physicians) have to work around all the ork's that are the other 60% of our nurses. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are some real motherf#%kers of physicians out there, but I'm talking about nurses right now. F*^k you shi%%y nurses!

Anonymous said...

I take it you are a medical student. I graduated medical school in 2006 so have a wee bit of experience with nurses. Newly qualified doctors, from what I can see, fall into two broad categories - those who have a superiority complex and talk down to nurses (the minority, thankfully) and those who are determined to be best friends with the nurses by being all nice, down to earth, self-deprecating, overcompensating, "gosh I'm sooo lost, you have sooo much more experience than silly little me....etc etc", (the majority). Neither attitude will get you very far. The former will have you hated by most (though some of the older, more experienced, and bolshy nurses, especially in theatre, prefer the doc who's a bit of a bastard, because when the going gets tough sometimes that is required and they know it). The latter will lose you all respect amongst the nurses, you will get taken advantage of and at the end of the day the nurses will not be your friend. Times may have changed, but nurses are nurses and doctors are doctors. Nurses will ALWAYS stick together. Take a cue from them and stick by your fellow doctors. Not in an "old boys club" kind of way, just realise that only a fellow doctor can really know what it feels like to be you. My advice to new doctors would be this. By all means be polite, pleasant, respectful and friendly to nurses - but dont go out of your way. By this I mean dont suck up, nurses will see through this. Its better to keep a professional distance. If you get any attitude from a nurse, dont rise to it, dont even acknowledge it. Act like your attention is so focused on the job at hand that you dont even notice. And dont let it put you off. Nurses want to size up the new docs - let them know early on that you wont be messed with. Take a cue from your senior medical colleagues - you will see most of them when dealing with nurses will be cordail, but detached and professional.
It doesn't matter if nurses like you or not. Many nurses will never be nice to you no matter what you do. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lot of nurses are complete bitches or idiots (usually one goes with the other). And nurses will be the first to admit this.
I am by no means anti nurse. But as you go through your career, you will see what I mean. With this approach, I would hope that you will get along quite well with a few of the pleasant, intelligent nurses. You may even become fiends with some, but thats not the goal. As for the rest, at best they will respect you and keep their mouths shut (when you are within earshot anyway). At worst they will continue to be bitches, but by this point you should have realised that it really doesnt matter to you, you are above it.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. Nurses are evil. They are arrogant, ignorant and have the audacity to think they can even treat and diagnose better than doctors. Don't get me started on nurse prac-bitcheners. They are so arrogant I get migraines around them and they are so insecure yet stupid physicians hire them and stupid patients fall for their fake double-speak and mothering attitudes. Nurses decide which doctors stay and which ones go and I hope most of the evil creatures end up in nursing homes with evil nurses "taking care" of their sorry butts. And the good ones? Hey, they get eaten alive by their own. Ever see some of these whitches work with spineless execs to set up doctors and get rid of them, even if it compromises patient care? It's in the annals of hell buddy.

Anonymous said...

Nurses are terrible. Now they are getting degrees from stupid institutions, not colleges/universities. So they are stupid. There is a nurse nearby who gossips about patients. Steals drugs. If you file a complaint about her she attacks the person she thinks did it. And her hospital lied about what she did.

Anonymous said...

I have read this item with some interest and I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with the majority of the views expressed here.

I have never met a more malcontented, vicious and downright pig-ignorant group of morons in my life!

The insecurities they carry are manfested as a craving to display superiority at all opportunities.

I can honestly say that nurses are the problem with healthcare in the UK today; not spiraling costs, not de-skilling of staff and not even overpaid managers. No, the problem is employing a group of borderline-retards to a position where they feel they can demand adulation and respect for their 'profession'

Good God, if you want to have the respect, money and kudos of being a doctor (all myths by the way) then get off your oversized, toast guzzling, fag break every 10 minutes-ing arses and go to bloody Med-School!

I am a doctor (you may have guessed) but what you probably haven't predicted is that I was a nurse first... If you hate your nurses lives so much, you know what to do...

I haven't met a single doctor who doesn't detest the nursing staff they work with (rare, inspirationally good nurses that crop up from time to time are of course exceptional and excepted; which rather proves the rule...) - the difference is that doctors keep their dislikes in-check with their professionalism and nurses... well, they aren't professionals, whatever they say at meetings.

Now to find a specialty where nurses don't have the balance of power in their favour.

I have to say I feel better for getting that off my chest!

Anonymous said...

Man, it's great to not feel alone. I thought maybe I was just getting edgy working nights, but I can see I'm not alone in my feelings. I'm currently working on my RN but seriously considering switching to another medical specialty because in the last two years I've worked at a hospital, I've had maybe one or two bad experiences with clerks, maybe another couple with nursing assistants (surprisingly, both who became nurses) only one genuinely bad experience with a doctor, but a TON of bad experiences with Nurses. The hospital I at work has been going through budget cuts, so staffing has been cut either by pure attrition or by refusing to hire help when its needed, so I continue to find more to do every time I show up. I've been doing the job of two clerks now for the last six months on a busy icu, but the nurses on the unit treat me like dirt. I actually heard one say that since my job only took a high school diploma to get I wasn't very important and should feel lucky to be working. With the exception of a few nurses I've worked with (and of those few, the majority of them were male nurses)the overwhelming majority of nurse's I work with are catty, bitchy, backstabbing C***ts who complain when they've got more than one patient to deal with, and God forbid they get off their asses to help out. Most of the time at night I see them surfing the internet on my unit, so bitching about they're overworked falls pretty short at least where I work. Now that the support staff who used to do the things they took for granted are in short supply and they actually have to do some stuff from time to time, do they appreciate what they have left. NO. They treat us with the respect they would probably have for a used tampon. I'd like to remind these puffed up egomaniacs that it's only been in the last century or so that women were even CONSIDERED to be nurses, that job was usually done by guys, until some idiot decided they could pay women less to be nurses, and now we have a group of crazy super harpies feeding on their own inflated source of super importance. I think I'm going to stay in, but man am I having second thoughts. Maybe if we get enough guys back to doing an important job without the ego, we might be all better off.

Anonymous said...

wow, Just a nurse trolling for more useful info on how to further spread our evil back at the hospital. be afraid, very afraid. sorry couldn't resist. hee hee.

Anonymous said...

To all nurses. What goes around comes around. You do realize that you are shitting on those who will one day be your superior and will have the authority and power to return the favor. The way I look at it, your just pissing in an ant pill, and one day those ants are going to come and bite the ass. Grow you little bitches!

Anonymous said...

chill out, i am a nurse and went through school and met many disgruntled unhappy people. keep your head down learn what you have to, and get on with your life. school sucks and so can certain people along the way, but once you know your shit, no one can touch you. Your not alone. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

ps I agree, pissing in ant pill won't get you anywhere. what's an ant pill? thanks, evil nurse

Anonymous said...

people in general are stupid. they generalize an entire profession based of bad experiences with over thousands of people who happen to work in one profession. You know many people think doctors can be arrogant, and stupid, but does that mean they all are,....No. Grow some thick skin, and don't generalize people as a profession. please.

Anonymous said...

wow..im quite surprised that im not alone..i must say, all doctors would know exactly how it feels to deal with nurses. i wholeheartedly agree with some of the comments. nurses are soooo lazy (tea breaks and more tea breaks), they like to gossip a lot and they like to show off that they are better than us...for some reasons that i never understand. they page you for things and you know that they can help you but they are just busy surfing the internet while you are running around the hospital like crazy!!!!i try to be nice to nurses, yet they are still soo rude and annoying. they like their stupid protocol and sometimes i think because they dont know the basic concept, all they care about is just following the protocol. and if they find the residents not following the protocol....ohhh they will be like shit!!!! telling their fellow annoying friends that this doctor is bla bla...
now i also find no matter how nice you are to nurses, some of them are totally hopeless. they are eternally rude and sooo annoying. they like to boss you around. nurses are different now. they are more like dictators now rather than doctors helper. phew...i feel great now, getting that off my chest.....

Anonymous said...

ya, I don't know where you work, but I can say I have seen nurses run full codes by themselves, sucessfully b/c md running late or not at all. Nurses are the ones taking care of your patients, and when the shit hits the fan, rarely are any mds around. We are the people notifying you of subtle changes in cognition that seem irrelevant, but later turn out to be metabolic acidosis, or hypoxia, but the sa02s are reading wnl, or person in shock without all s/s and lab work to back up with, unless that pesky lab work is ordered, but oh shit we don't have an order, yes so we have to call and ask, annoying I know. Md should be given respect for their hard earned education, and training, but even the best fail to act appropriaely all the time. now, I am not gonna discount the fact that nurses can be bitches, but so can doctors, and technicians, and upper management, list can go on and on. I imagine nurses come off as bitchy b/c one there treated like shit by md, patiens, families, and take on more patients then any care provider should, and yes I know you guys do too, but we learn to manage 10 different things going on at one time literally, and all the while the house supervisors are still sending us more of your lovely patients. So please understand, the level of stress your feeling, we feel too. We get dumped on, and made examples out of too by our own and other respective professions. So I feel you pain, but don't expect too much sympathy, we know all too well.

Anonymous said...

dude, your clearly carrying a huge chip on your shoulder. get over it, and while your at it get over yourself too. boo hoo!!!!!! Your rationalization for nurses as being hands down bitches, and out to get you and all doctors or residents, is purely retarded, and completely self focused,never mind laughable. Trust me your guys are the least of our worries, we deal with way more intense encounters than the likes of you all, puuleese. maybe I am mistaken your trying to nurse that bruised ego you are clearly sporting in your last comment. I think your low self-esteem is shining through here. Your training to be a professional, this is and will be your job, and it won't get any easier especially with that attitude. Now my turn, please shut the hell up, care for your patients, respect the people that could one day save your ass, and if you don't think so, I would like to see nurses get up and leave your health care institutions and sit back and watch you guys take over the 24 hour care, , drug seeking, projectile vomiting, explosive liquid diarrhea, lifting and trasporting patients that are dead weight to chairs, even though the have been bedridden in snf for a decade not moving, infamous orders pt eval, deconditioning, oob at tolerated,and snap crackle and pop your back, at the same time, wiping their ass, oh yea cause they just droped a load on your shoe while you were in the middle of transfering to the bsc, and the occasional boxing that goes on, you know, ducking punches, from detoxing patient, who are hallucinating. Your venting is understood, but generalizing nurses, and bashing nurses just makes you all come off as complete and utter assholes. Jeesh, I am glad I got that of my chest.

Anonymous said...

the most laughable order ever received, scd to legs, for a bilateral amputee. ya man!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just a note to the recent commenters on bitchy, mean, and egocentric nurses. Now, I will be the adult here, and say yes nurses can be bitches, I can say this as a fellow nurse, who has been on the receiving end, but I also have to say not all nurses are this way, and to be type casted as such is disturbing. There are nurses out there who are very educated and have superior technical skills on how to care for the critically ill, and injured. Trauma critical Care, MICU, SICU nurses,and yes the lowley med/surg floor nurses, who probably have to work the hardest of all. You should know not all are out to get you, most are out to aggresively care for their patients, b/c this is our job, their well being takes presidence over personality conflicts, which we all run into. I personally could give a shit, about impressing an MD, I am there for the pt, and if I can help an MD to provide better care by being vigilent and alert to important significant matters, so be it. No ego boosts are necessary. Please take this info on with you on your road to your clinical Practice areas, b/c you dont want to be one of those doctors no nurse would want to call, b/c they are prick. Be kind, patient, and you will get what you put out ten fold. peace.

Anonymous said...

nurses are shit the whole profession is a joke.they need to go on courses for everything.some cant even take bloods.the ones that can refuse to.as for cannulation they are very quick to critisise u for spilling blood on a bed or not being bloody aseptic enough when they cannot cannulate themselves.they have no clinical knowledge and think when they bleep u for ridiculous shit that u are never busy with proper emergencies.they dont take blood,they dont cannulate,they bleep u for patients who fall who they are supposed to be watching.they get through nursing school in the uk with just essays no finals.no wonder the average nursing iq is very low.they essentially wipe arses.u dont need a degree for that i could have done what a nurse does when i was 12.i would have been more skilled.we ask fdor a bag of urgent fluid they finish their documentation first.they write in these fucking diaries for hours per day instead of leaning on the wards like we do.they couldnt save one life if they tried. we as doctors get incident forms constantly about not using the correct skin prep when cannulating or if we accidently leave blood on the bed sheet.yet never are we allowed to complain about their lack of skills.did u know a nurse can choose whether they want to take blood or not!!!!!what a joke.imagine if doctors were allowed to choose which conditions to treat!.as a junior doctor none of us could cannulate on the fist day of work yet we tried.nurses who have been working for 20 years still wont try.TRY AND DEFEND THIS POINT.TRY AND TELL ME AS A PROFESSION U ARE NOT GENERALLY VERY LAZY.AND ON TOP OF THIS LAZYNESS U ARE RUDE TO US WHO WORK ALL AROUND THE CLOCK ACTUALLY SAVING LIVES WITHOUT PROTECTED BREAKS.DEFEND THIS.IM GHUESSING U CANT

Anonymous said...

JAYSUS I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU IM SO GLAD IM NOT ALONE.nurses are MORONS.in my hospital nurses cannot cannulate and they dont even bother doing bloods even though they can.apparently its a choice for them.they need to go on courses for everything i dont really understand what they do at nursing school.its a shame because the very few nurses who bother to extend useless ones that spend their time writing in their stupid diary and wiping arses.they bleep for every little thing thye are too stupid to realise they only have 8 patients each to look after whilst on call we have every single patient in the hospital.
yesterday they filled out an incident for about a doctor that tried to put a cannula in a patient 4 times who had a low blood pressure.the hilarious thing was that the nurse who complained has never put in a cannula in her life yet felt it was appropriate to comment on how a doctor did it.doctors dont even bother themselves with how the nurses change the sheets,or give the medication as long as its given.they are hypocrits and dont deserve to be paid well at all. i can honestly say i could have done their job when i was 15.and i could have done it better.

Anonymous said...

dude, your an incompetent asshole. I start ivs draw labs on a daily bases, perform critical task and decision making before the doctor is even called, stat chest x-ray, labs, abg, perform multiple iv starts, monitor parameters for b/p, map, hr, arrhythmias, start cardiac drips, help surgeons insert chest tubes for sudden traumatic pneumothroax, interpret abgs, work collaboratively with every member of the health care team, and never encountered such a dick head as your self, if your a student you have alot to learn of caring for people in general, you sound like an incensitive prck. Our doctors who know us back us up, and expect us to call when we have the results of test done they know we know they expect to be done even before calling them. So please drop your tude, and get on with your life.

Anonymous said...

I know this is really old, but I needed someplace to vent. March 7, 2009. 8:34 AM.
I am a nurse. I hate nurses. I wish I didn't like my job so much. I am torn. Continue in nursing and let this horrible women continue to berate until I become a small nothing. My spirit is broken most days.

I don't fit their social structure. What the heck does that have to do with me being able to do the job! They don't like my personality. So, I'm tagged as incompetent. Not because I am, but because they don't like me. They do the same thing to docs. And if you disagree with these wenches, they launch a witch hunt. They look for any and everything to get you into trouble.

They aren't supportive. They're a bunch of control freaks. I hate nurses. I wish they could just be decent people. And stop belittling me you ignorant wench.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog Dude. I hate nurses so much, it makes me dread taking my patients to the hospital! I swear, I've had times when I apologized to the patient in advance for the "care" they were about to receive at the hands of the ER nursing staff. Yes, some nurses are good, but they are so outnumbered- it's sad to meet a competent, kind nurse because you just KNOW that she or he catches hell from the RUDE majority of them. Oh, and you Army nurses out there- you are particularly bad! Just because you wear the rank of "Major" doesn't necessarily mean you are a better, more competent RN than a Captain or an LT...get over yourselves. Everything in this blog has been spot on- nurses are lazy. They are arrogant. They back-stab. Obesity is a real problem with the civilian sector of that profession for some reason. They are totally rude to people, both to the patients as well as to other healthcare providers. I used to feel sorry for them but now I just hate them. I think the worst part is when a nurse acts all nice to the doctor's face, then turns around and belittles him or her when the doctor leaves the room. I see that all the time. I also despise the games I see them play with available beds- they are so lazy, they'll have a bed ready for a patient up on telemetry or wherever, and when the ER calls up to get someone a room, the nurse will deny having a bed ready so that the patient ends up staying in the ER until the NEXT shift comes on, simply because she didn't want to deal with one more patient! Oh what about the other end-of-shift games nurses play, like pretending not to notice that a patient has voided in the bed, so she/he could put the clean-up onto the next shift... oh it goes on and on. Yes, nurses have long shifts, but so do paramedics, so do doctors, so do dentists for goodness' sake! Yes, nurses are disrespected, but so is everyone! And yes, nurses could stand to earn a little more money, but find me a single person who wouldn't like to be paid more! Yes, nurses somehow seem to feel like they are "different" or "special" because of these issues, and as a result they feel entitled to take out their frustrations on everyone else around them. Why are they allowed to do this? Most other professions have rules of conduct that must be adhered to or they risk losing their jobs, but nurses don't seem to have this fear. I almost went into nursing- finished with my RN-ADN and worked about a week at a hospital- I was so horrified at the wenches I worked with I quit and never went back. It's horrid!! Working with these evil Whitches is like a shift in Hell. No other profession allows and applauds downright MEANNESS like nursing does.

Anonymous said...

I wrote the comment above, yesterday and today I regret that I wrote it. I've given it a lot of thought overnight, and you know what? I do not believe that nurses started out their careers with the intent of being mean.

Why would they? It is not logical that someone would choose a career in health care, and not just any career path, but the ONE career path that puts you at the mercy of both administration, the patients, their families and the doctors, with the intent of being a power hungry Meanie.

I think maybe their bad attitudes stem from frustration and fatigue. I read that a lot of them are "mandated" to work overtime often. As a paramedic, I work OT too, but it's not the same. My OT is easier I believe. I mean, I'm on a 911 call and it's just me, my friends (fire department, partner, cops) and the patient and family. I don't have anyone looking over my shoulder threatening my license at ever turn. I just wonder, maybe they really do have an impossible career.

I just know that I chose being a paramedic because I wanted to help people, and honestly I wanted to feel a little special I guess, like maybe a hero or something sometimes. I can only extend the same courtesy to nurses. Something with that career path, nursing as a career, must really suck balls big time for so many of them to be so horribly miserable. I swear when I get off this deployment (Army) I'm going to tell a nurse that I know she is miserable and I feel really bad for her awful career choice, and the horrible people she must work with to make her so witchey. I'll try to show compassion and see how that goes.

Anonymous said...

What about the jews, doesn't anyone hate them anymore? Stupid jews. Are you a jew Roxy? you sound like a jew, ya jew bastard.

Anonymous said...

I could not agree more. Nurses are bitches. I am a nurse and day after day I am tortured by the fact that I am encompassed by egotistical, back-stabbing and two faced bitches that quite honestly could care less about the patient and more about themselves. I simply do not have an explanation for this, but I feel it has something to do with working in a stressfull environment with all women. I pray for more men to enter the profession. To all of you that have to deal with nurses...I apologize on behalf of the majority of us that are total bitches.

Anonymous said...

nurses are stupid they are deskilled and dont know shit! the only reason they are angry at med students is that we make them look like asses. No onelikes you th doctors the patients and the medical students. get a fking life retards, is all down to your poor attitude and your lack ablility to care for people, people donty have to be ill to be treated like a human in a hospital.

Anonymous said...

I have a theory that women who are bitchy ( especially female nurses ) have smelly kunts, and they are mad at the world because they do not know how to clean their pussies.

I know this because I am a resident at a hospital and I fuck many nurses. The nice ones are clean and the mean ones are dirty and smell like dead fish down there.

The moral of this story is, don't get upset about a bitchy nurse, just ask her if she cleaned her vagina lately.

Anonymous said...

I have a theory that women who are bitchy ( especially female nurses ) have smelly kunts, and they are mad at the world because they do not know how to clean their pussies.

I know this because I am a resident at a hospital and I fuck many nurses. The nice ones are clean and the mean ones are dirty and smell like dead fish down there.

The moral of this story is, don't get upset about a bitchy nurse, just ask her if she cleaned her vagina lately.

Anonymous said...

I believe many nurses have, "Little Big Man Syndrome." They are far less educated than teachers, social workers, business leaders, and an assortment of other professionals. It baffles me that they are paid better than social workers, police and teachers.

I attribute the lack of common decency the nursing field to the fact that is primarily women. Soap operas are often based on hospitals for a good reason.

A woman with a 2 year degree that lacks humanities, behavioral sciences, economics and other important diciplines is bound to be a back biting "little big man."

Jalelle said...

I have a 4 year bachelors in nursing. I have been a nurse for 5 years and going back to school for NP program.
In the beginning I hated nursing. I hated other nurses, hated Doctors...over time, I learnt how to appreciate nursing and other medical teams...I only concentrate on patient care...My only worry at work is my patients' safety. No nurse and no doctor bother me...I love nursing. I am blessed to be a nurse. I am meant to be a nurse. Sure there are nurses who are not as educated or as nice...there are even nurses with no clue of what they are doing. This also applies to Doctors (esp the new ones).
So don't generalize nurses as a whole. There are some wonderful good helpful nurses. Always prepared to help others. I have travelled to so many states and hospitals...I find so many nurse very helpful. All you have to do is show patient first attitude...and everyone is helpful.

Anonymous said...

Dear Author,

It's not just you...nurses treat their own like shit too!!

I am a registered nurse and I DESPISE most nurses I work with. Most have a critically high BMI and are just generally unhappy.

Anonymous said...

LOL! I love this blog! Hell I even bookmarked it :-)

I am in the US and work in healthcare as one of the countless "other" health care disciplines who rarely get mentioned in the public spotlight since its always "Doctors and Nurses" being discussed. I really don't care about that part. What pisses me off about nurses is that they tend to have the least amount of forml education out of us all, yet they have the biggest attitude. They tend to act arrogant and want to question what you are doing. They will definitely challenge you until you put them on the spot and start drilling them with knowledge they've never even heard of and, at that point, they will usually STFU.

The main reason they are so arrogant (in my opinion) is because they learn a little (BSN's anyway) bit about a lot of different clinical areas, but not enough in any one particular area. That little taste of knowledge makes them presumptuous to believe they know as much as you about your own GD profession. This behavior is far more common with female RN's.

My only luck in dealing with them has been to befriend them, get them to open up and see me as someone fun to be around, and then they usually allow me to be a sort of "unofficial" member of their gang.

Their job is important, but so is everyone else's. They need to stop trying to be so territorial with the patients and respect the fact that the nursing shortage is the ONLY thing which placed their prissy asses on a pedastle in the first place. So many new grads come out being programmed to believe they are God's gift to healthcare. For most RN's, their little 2-year Associate's Degree makes us laugh behind their collective back when they act like effin' know-it-all's. I could put their degree on my keychain and use it as a charm compared to what I hold and I don't act like them. What they don't know about my field I could just about squeeze into the Grand Canyon!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see this blog-I googled nurses are crazy and found this blog...great place to vent-I finally agree as well, started residency and lord am I grateful that my aunt talked me out of nursing long ago-the attitudes that these pediatric nurses have, I can't believe it! We do the 30 hour shifts, we have no breaks, we work our asses off and you have the cajones to call me at 3 AM and ask me some random question about who knows what? what is your f'in problem, honestly? and why do you have to question every order I write, just do it and get the damn job done. I thought we were supposed to be working together towards patient care! Then why do you stand in the way of what I am trying to accomplish? I mean really now! It is crazy. And you did not go to medical school so just do your damn job and show some respect. That is my advice to you. And we will work together just fine.

Anonymous said...

I am a resident and I can honestly say that nurses are fat, lazy, entitled, dumb bitches. Now, as mad as I am today, I will admit there are some nurses who are very nice and cooperative and sincerely care about the patient. However, there are some who will do anything to get into a pissing contest with you! I think that nurses are bitchier to female residents because of jealousy. I am younger, prettier, and smarter. I'd be jealous too if my career involved wiping other people's asses all day.

Anonymous said...

Great, now there is a new show coming to NBC called "Mercy" which features an egotistical superbitch nurse who mouths off to residents and always "saves the day." This is exactly NOT what this profession of 2 year degree holders needs, another bitch role model who will further convince them that they are above everyone in health care.

BTW, is it just me, or does the DMV issue more personalized "RN" plates than any other profession on the planet? Then they hang the stethoscope from their rear view mirror so that the look is complete. Wow, you went to school for a whole 2 years and now the whole world should be impressed and grateful you became a glorified ass wiper??

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! My dad's live-in girlfriend is a nurse at an inner city hospital, and all the negative things people said about nurses described this woman's personality EXACTLY. She is the most controlling, egotistical, conceited, angry, bitter, maniacal person I have EVER MET. She is too lazy and ignorant to help us around the house and always made excuses. Us kids had to do EVERYTHING, she always yelled and complained, no matter how good of a job anyone did. Everything was about her, and she is negative about everything. And it's hard to believe she could be a nurse - aren't nurses supposed to be intelligent, caring individuals?
I view the nursing profession with respect, and expect people in it to be worthy of the title RN. That mini-"God complex" that you're all talking about? I've witnessed it first hand for half my life. She is N-A-S-T-Y. I know there are variations of this nastiness across the field, but I feel better that other people are seeing this pattern... lol.

Anonymous said...

I am a 'new' grad nurse from canada and I have been practicing for just under a year. I really don't know what to think of all these posts, its sad that you all hate the people you work with every day. I was personally offended when some people called nurses glorified ass wipers, uneducated or just trying to sleep with the doctors.I worked hard for my degree and yes I am a university grad that wipes ass but can you honestly say that's all I do? Doctors,Apparently you hate nurses as much as they hate you. I just hope I don't turn into one of those bitter horrible nurses you all despise so much. It really is sad that all through school both professions are taught that hospitals are a team, and clearly that isn't true. These posts have opened my eyes to what other health care professionals think of nurses and its horrible, I can honestly say that I will make more of an effort to be more inviting and professional toward new staff and support staff because of these posts. So in a wired way...thank you and I hope you can find a place to work where you feel respected and needed

Anonymous said...

Wow. This makes me sad. I'm not a nurse yet. I have a 4.0 GPA and I am considering the R.N. nursing program at my school. I just googled nurses and this came up. Is it like this everywhere? I don't know this just made me sad. I can't believe that people act like this in a profession that is supposed to be about helping others. I hope when I become a nurse I make a difference and I hope that the doctors appreciate working with someone who takes what they do very seriously. Even after I become a nurse I plan to continue my education. I love learning and I love helping people. Personally every nurse I have encountered has been more than nice and professional to me as a patient. I personally can't say the same thing about doctors. Most doctors rush through a list of questions, then leave. Then they send me the results in the mail, by the way I can't read them so how am I to know what they mean? Lord forbid you give me a phone call and put it into lame mans terms for me. From my personal experience I'd rather have the personality of a nurse on my Doctors they seem to care a lot more than the MD's do.

Anonymous said...

As a nurse I must sadly admit that most nurses are bitches, I wish I knew why. I wonder why so many nurses think they are smarter than doctors.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...

I'd have to say that it's not really a nurse thing necessarily. It's the fact that you have so many women working together... women are very emotional and think with more emotional intelligence rather than with pure intellect and logic, which can sometimes lack a human touch. As a generalization (and not an absolute truth), I would say that nurses have a very high EQ, but lower IQ than doctors. As another generalization, I think doctors have a higher IQ, but a lower EQ (again, not an absolute truth). Because of women's naturally higher EQ, they tend to be more sensitive and emotional to everything that goes on around them.

If you ever watch the dynamic of a family home where the mother has to discipline all the kids and do a lot of the emotional work and maintains the good relations with the extended family, and then there's the dad who fixes things and makes the money and doesn't deal with too much emotional stuff, you will see that the mom in this case usually is very stressed. Badmouthing nurses is kind of like dissing the role of mom and glorifying the role of dad. That's how I see it.

And because these women in this profession don't feel empowered, but constantly are feeling stressed out and underappreciated for their EQ (because our society values IQ so much)... they eventually hit a wall and turn sour on their job. Some nurses can also tend to be more task-oriented rather than seeing the big picture. Don't know how this can be fixed. All of this is a major major barrier to having a truly balanced working environment.

Anonymous said...

This blog has saddened and offended me deeply. I stumbled upon it when I was googling "job opportunities for BSNs". Apparently, I'm not the only RN interested in leaving the profession! I have been kicked, cursed at and demeaned on so many levels since entering this profession.... by the patients. I really had no idea that the general consensus among physicians was that RNs are fat, lazy, insensitive, stupid hogs who lack proper hygeine habits and are looking to shack up with an MD. It's one thing to be insulted by the patient population (considering many of them are drugged, demented or psychotic) but to be berated by a bunch of future physicians?!?! I pray you recognize the value of your coworkers one day and step down from your horses.

Anonymous said...

Seriously nurses... stop acting like fat, condescending, lazy bitches and we'll stop calling you that!

Anonymous said...

I hate nurses wuth a passion. They're just a bunch of perverted bitches and I refuse to accept a female nurse as a "caregiver". Male nurses have always treated me with respect and dignity so I've never had a problem with a male nurse. But keep the females away. My life isn't worth putting up with them.

Anonymous said...

What I see in this blog is an ongoing war between MDs (or rather, students) and nurses or aides, but does anyone care about the patient???? Frankly, most nurses are really bitchy, anal-retentive, ignorant and condescendig excuses for human beings. I had one rip my clothes off in front of the only male nurse in the staff, just to make sure he watched me nude. She did that on purpose, to make me embarrased. She made unprofessional comments about my tan and about my naked body. she did not care a damn that I was in pain. I am young and beautiful, and she ws just fat, pale, lazy, and it showed she was just plain very very envious of my tan. What really imfuriates me is that they really cannot take their frustrations on anyone above them in the hierarchy, so they abuse the only ones they know cannot escape: the patients. I made myself an enormous favour by firing her, the male nurse that tolerated what happend and their damn hospital, which due to "lack of STAFF" looked the other way..... I would REALLY die before ever falling again in their clutches... Not only they're lazy, they even whine. You don't like patients?? Your duties? The pay? The hours?? Then do everyone a favour, quit your job and stop making everyone miserable because you are!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a nurse, and hate nurses with a passion. I truly enjoy an opportunity to fight with them. I especially despise those sexless beasts called nurse-managers, who cut their hair in the exact same butchy style and wear silly looking black business suits, so everyone will "respect" them. They love looking down on new hires and new graduates. I believe they really think newbies are beneath them, and wouldn't lift a finger to help them find the time-clock, let alone act as "Mentors". It's so easy to start trouble with them. Just ask the egotistical turds if they "have a problem", or "Is their work done." and all hell will break loose. Not all nurses are this way, but the bad ones seem to never go away, and continue to ruin it for others. They need a good slap.

Anonymous said...

Just for fun I googled bitchy nurses and found this blog. What a great compilation of posts!

I don't agree completely with the comments here. The terns and residents comments reducing nurses contributions to that of a$$ wipers put me off a little bit. Someone's gotta do it. I hope you medical students, and young doctors don't ever find yourself in a position of needing that kind of service. When you're crapping on yourself it usually means you're pretty darn sick.

I also don't agree that most nurses are idiots. A lot of them are task oriented and they're boxed into that kind of corner with the way administration staffs the hospitals. There are some of us out here who try very hard to understand what we need to do for A PATIENT. We do have enough sense to call a physician when there are changes and let them know things aren't working out as expected, point out errors etc etc. It's all for the goal of getting someone restored to some kind of health. A lot of times it's not important stuff but it's there and needs to be addressed. There are times when we have value in heading off catastrophic outcomes.

I also don't agree with what nurses are saying about med students, residents and terns. I loved working with those people. I learned a lot from them. One of my favorite things was the back and forth discourse I could get with one of the above. They're in a learning mode and if you can tap into that it's a wonderful resource. Sure, there were some a$$holes. Not that many though.

I have been a nurse for many years and I am so glad that I am finally able to return to school to do something else. I am sick of the irrational bullshit from nurses, the pettiness from nurses and the outright meanness from nurses that exists in the hospital environment. I could give a shit about ever being in a hospital setting again and that comes from too much time working with NURSES!

Now that I am in school I feel so much more healthy and at peace. Perhaps it's because I am not working with slanderous, hostile, duplicitous, dishonest, and scandalous colleagues.

Anonymous said...

Your a nurse. Not a child. I'm a nurse, not a babysitter. I'm not bitter nor mean, I worry about my patients. My attention goes to them, not you. Get off the floor if you can't handle it.
There is no way to complain to your supervisor without sounding like a baby, because it does make you a baby.
Be a good nurse, be good to your patients. I know it may be hard, trust me, I've been there.
Just show the other nurses that your there for your patients, and not to make friends.
Respect will come with that.
Good luck.
- Ashley, RN.

Anonymous said...

Ashley. I would suggest that at some point denial is going to slip and you're going to have to confront what you missing right now.

Good luck with that when it happens. I sincerely hope that you have supportive people around to help you through that difficult time.

I'm not showing the "other nurses" anything but my back as I walk away. Damn it feels good too. I don't really care if they respect me or not. I respect myself and that's what is important to me.

Anonymous said...

I am a nurse. Nurses are awful. It helps to understand that ANYONE, just about, can get through nursing school. It is an extremely basic curriculum. I took chemistry as a biology major and have seen how it is dumbed down for nursing students. Seems to me there are a lot of borderline personalities among nurses. Anyway, it the hell I live in.

Anonymous said...

The next time you encounter an ugly acting, inconsiderate slob of a nurse, get your pen or computer out and write or tap out a letter to the CEO of the hospital or medical facility. Tell them about the disgusting, unprofessional acting sloth you encountered, etc..Also, If you are in the US, dash off a note to the American Nurses Association, the worthless dinosaur organization that represents nurses. Tell them that the entire profession of nursing is in need of an overhaul. And that just focusing on attaining advanced degrees and more initials for their name tags, as the ANA does isn't going to do a thing for them. Maybe someone with a bit of authority will work on making positive changes in this ridiculous non-profession.

Anonymous said...

I was pre-med in undergrad, worked in a busy family practice for several years after that - more or less as a nurse w/o the title, registration, etc. I am now in grad school, but working in a hospital doing admin work and despite my great experiences with physicians, nurses, and patients in the clinic where I worked previously, I find the hospital environment toxic!!!! Initially I was pissed by the way that the doctors don't really talk to non-nurses, but as I've spent more time in the hospital I find the docs pretty hospitable when I take the first step in communicating. On the other hand, my opinion of nurses has done a 180 - certainly there are some exceptional, caring, intelligent nurses; but the majority of those I work with are bitches from hell. They talk more shit about each either and others (colleagues/patients) than any other group of people that I've spent time around. I see them throw each other under the bus left-and-right.

Like you Roxy, I make an effort to treat everyone with respect and try not to treat others in ways that I wouldn't appreciate being treated myself. You would think, having the desire to care for people, nurses would generally embody the same principle, but apparently that's not the case. I don't think I'm better than anyone for any reason, not because of my education, etc. But, when these skank-ho, tanning-bed-orange, bleached out bitches look down on me and talk to me like I'm an idiot, I have the urge to: A) tell them to go fuck themselves, B) challenge them to an IQ test, C) punch them in the teeth, or D) review for them, in front of physicians and patients, just why they are not nearly as fucking cool as they seem to think that they are. I had been considering an MSN instead of medical school, but given the nursing environment that I've now encountered, I think I'd rather eat shit than go to nursing school. People seem to think that docs are the premier assholes of the hospital hierarchy, but I can agree with so many of you out there, that the nurses take the cake!

Thanks for the opportunity to vent!

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that the bar is set rather low to get into some nursing schools. However, the schools that are more selective in their admissions process will churn our the more professional nurses.

You need a certain amount of grit to be able to endure the things you see as a nurse in the hospital, so having just academics doesn't mean jack. People who excel in chemistry or biology or math or physics who think that they would excel in nursing are being arrogant. People who think that the academic part of nursing is not hard -- they are correct. The hard part is honing your public speaking, persuasive and communication skills and actually being at the hospital and working with ill patients around-the-clock and being around all the chaos that is happening around you in a real-time environment. Now that is very different from reading your books and memorizing your academics to get those A's, which could mean nothing if you faint at the sight of pools of blood or at necrotic wound tissue or some pretty funky smells. But that is the reality of illness - it's not pretty!

It's too bad that people on this board have had bad experiences with nurses. That's the thing -- the word "nurse" can represent such a WIDE range of ability, talent and job description. Good luck to everyone.

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Anonymous said...

SO glad there are other people out here who feel the way I do. I am not a nurse, nor would I ever lower myself to become a nurse. I hate nurses with a white hot passion. Over they years I've been in and out of hospitals because of my mother's poor health. We have put up with so much abuse from these bitchy, evil, putrid BITCHES that I could not write it all down. They are N-A-S-T-Y for no damned reason other than the fact that they can be. They really think they are hot shit and that they are better than other people. All they do is backstab each other and abuse patients. Sick people do not deserve the abuse they receive at the hands of these evil assed miscreants. I've seen nurses hit people, throw an old person's nasal cannula on the floor (on purpose), make fun of sick people, try to steal, and basically try to rule over and play god to the people they pay for an are supposed to serve. I absolutely loathe them. There are no words to describe how I feel about these animals. They are FAT, stupid, lazy, ignorant, uneducated, evil scum. They are all on a power trip. Most are liars. They will do anything to try to exert their control issues over other people. I truly hope that they change the standards for this "career." All these people are qualified to do, and they won't even do that, is wipe asses. They often mix up peoples' meds and think they know more than the doctors and the patients about their own conditions. Who the hell do these witches think they are? Most of them go to some God-forsaken votech school and get a nursing degree and then think they are hot shit. Even the ones who go to a real university are ignorant. They know nothing. They really need to start doing psychological batteries on these shrews. Most of these people belong nowhere near people, much less sick people.

Anonymous said...

Hello there,

You are not alone! I work in the medical field and yes, nurses can be ASSHOLES. My mom is a nurse and I work around nurses all the time so I'm not biased like one of the idiots who commented on here. I am an RT and my dept. is always considered a step down from the nurses. I understand and see what they go through and they do so much more than the RT but they knew what they were getting themselves into when they signed up for their job so they shouldn't be taking out their frustration on people or their patients. Believe me, the floors aren't the worst because in the hospital I work at, ICU nurses are hateful, spiteful, bitter old cunts. The ICU is their territory and you are treated like a tiny insignificant ant and will work their way to crush you. That's why I'm getting out of Respiratory and doing something else. Their bullshit is not worth it.

Anonymous said...

I must say that yes, a lot of nurses are total bitches and I think there is the female component that adds to this. You place a bunch of females in competition with each other and it turns into pulling each others' hair...then you throw a male nurse (such as myself) into the mix and some can become absolute (C U Next Tuesday's). They are threatened by a male (especially a white male) and do not want males entering 'their profession'. Since when was nursing 'their profession'. The first nurses were actually males quite interestingly. It amazes me that we are/were trained to be so compassionate and understanding, yet nurses choose to act completely opposite of this. Get a grip on reality of get the hell out of your profession and let someone who wants to be there take your position.

Anonymous said...

I work as a flight attendant, we are a primarily female-dominated occupation, but we do NOT participate in this sort of bitchiness for the most part. In my 25 yrs of flying I've encountered maybe 2 who have acted that way.

No, it is something about the way nursing is set up. Think about it. Nursing is the largest budget of any hospital. Do you think administration actually WANTS nurses to get along and UNDERSTAND their power and stay in one spot and accrue seniority in the pay scale? H*ll no. Nothing is done about the bitchiness bcs it SERVES management's purpose.

This from a former nursing student who took one look around and decided NOT to pursue the career.

Anonymous said...

LOL-I love this blog-I haven't laughed this much in a while-Wow, I had no idea that there are so many people out in the world who genuinely detest nurses. I'm a nurse myself-a good one-and I thought these horrid beasts only existed where I work (ICU). But no...the're everywhere! Jeez, how awful. I have to say that I don't agree with all of the posts. Having been an ICU nurse for the better part of 14 years, I can say with certainty that not all of us are fat, lazy, or incompetent. It's not the MD pulling a patient through after a liver transplant or open heart surgery. It doesn't matter how good the MD is, if the patient doesn't have good nursing care, then they are completely screwed. That said, many nurses are lying (management), backstabbing, two-faced, controlling, insecure, miserable, fat, exhausted, co-dependant, stressed out messes. I would like to gather this toxic group into a giant pitt, then dump 500 tonnes of cow dung (non-formed) all over the lot of them. I hate these bitches with a passion. Thanks for letting me vent. I feel much better. By the way, I love nursing-just hate (most) nurses.

Anonymous said...

There is clearly a problem with the nursing profession. Look at how many results show up when you google "Bitch nurses" with thousands of people complaining. Exactly what is wrong with nurses? I doubt we will ever find out. With some of them you'd think that someone tricked them into taking the job. Especially the LVNs who have little above a high school education and cannot form a coherent sentence if their lives depended on it. The real problem between most medical students and bitchy nurses are that they just exist in two different worlds, both in and outside the hospital. Some of these ghetto ass nurses I would not trust to watch my laptop in a library. But of course, that example is quite silly since we know that most of them cannot read and therefore have no business of being in a library. I hate the fact that they make me so hateful. I am generally a very nice and happy person but if anyone can bring out the devil in me it's a rude nurse. They're poisoning the healthcare system.

Anonymous said...

I hate nurses too, including you. You are all filthy perverts that take advantage of men. You strip them, gawk at them and fondle them with no conscious whatsoever. I hate you all.

Emily said...

I don't understand what is wrong with a lot of nurses. I don't understand why I lot of nurses chose the profession they did. I am a nurse, and I know exactly what you are talking about in this post. I personally love my job. I love my patients. I also love the nurses that I work with...we are a rare group in my opinion. We work on the Oncology Unit at a local hospital, and it's just a different atmosphere in our area. I really go out of my way and pride myself on being helpful and nice to anyone I encounter at work, especially people who don't know their way around and are learning.
Where I work, we describe what your are talking about as "horizontal violence". It is a stupid name, I know...but it basically describes the eat our young attitude most nurses have towards other nurses, interns, and students.
Please remember that if you truly love what you are doing - don't let someone else ruin it for you. Take the high road and at least you know you've done your best.
I will ask you to keep this in mind: I'm not making excuses - the behavior you describe is not acceptable - but, RNs get shit on by everyone pretty much every day. Now hear me out before you say I've got a chip on my shoulder, because I'm on your side, but we often get treated poorly by patients and their families because they are sick and stressed and we are the most available punching bag they have. We get it from administration because we want to be nurses, and they are worried about "the numbers". We get it from the docs because, well - I think they are required to take a class on how to verbally abuse nurses and I think they are evaluated on it every six weeks until they retire. JUST KIDDING! We get it from the docs because they are overworked, they are responsible for the lives of very sick people, and then they have to trust us with a plan of action to take care of these people. When the nurses you are talking about drop the ball...a lot of doctors take it out on all of us.
I wouldn't advise going to the chief attending unless you run into a situation with a particular nurse in which your working relationship has reached a point that patient care is seriously being compromised. Otherwise, there isn't a good way to discuss it without sounding like a "whiny baby". Just remember that working in medicine is a difficult but rewarding job. Those of us who followed our calling love what we do. Those of us who found our way here for other reasons are probably miserable. I would be. In a perfect world, those people would quit, but we know that's not going to happen. So, do your job in a way you can be proud of. Also, buy a set of dishes so you can come home every week, write the name of the nurse who caused you the most grief on a dish, and smash it to hell ;o)
PS - try not to generalize all of us as bitches, because ultimately you'll end up treating all of us the same way and that just continues the cycle.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I just got home after working 12 hours in the ICU (as a nurse). I am going to unload some venom here, over a nice glass of zinfandel, then I'm going to move on...
I mother fuckin' want to drop kick not only that bitch nurse on the floor that received my patient, but the nurses' aid. What mother fuckin' team are you playing for bitches? We're all in this together, so rather than ambushing me with your whiny bullshit because you fuckin' hate your job and life, how about a little team work instead? You 2 bitches can kiss my big fat ass- does it make you feel good to act like a giant douche-bag asshole and treat people like shit? I thought nurses were supposed to be caring, kind people-WHAT THE FUCK? You wrote me up for chewing gum while giving you report over the phone????WHO THE FUCK HAS THE TIME FOR THAT HORSESHIT?Talk about petty! As far as that rash on his ass goes-no I don't know how long he's had it for-I don't make a habit of saying to an alert and oriented walkie/talkie-"Hey roll over buddy so I can check out your crack" Fuck I hate floor nurses-they worry about the most ridiculous shit ever. Next time I bring a patient over the that unit, I'll be sure to bring a box of Godiva's and a fluffy pillow for the nurse receiving the patient. And to that bitch nurse's aid- a big fat SUCK IT BITCH to you-
Thanks I feel better. Goodnite.

Anonymous said...

I sit here amazed at some of the commentary that I have had the displeasure of reading regarding nurses...some of which I agree with but to generalize and demonize an entire population is just crazy! It takes an incredible amount of self- confidence to be a nurse since it seems that many doctors have such total disregard for the fact that nurses (at least the ones worth their salt) help them to get their jobs done so that they are not constantly having to lourde over their patient(s). Nurses are in a position of subservience to both the patient and the doctor and it's not easy to keep both happy without absolutely losing your mind at the same time. Teamwork can only occur if both the physician and nurse are willing to listen to one another respectfully and work together for a better outcome. I don't know where the arrogance comes into play on any member of the healthcare team but seriously everyone needs to GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!! Everyone has a different purpose ergo the different training that we each receive. And for that reason one simply cannot function as well as the two together.

Anonymous said...

I've posted a few anger-filled rants on this site regarding how horrid some nurses are, and how these trollups ruin it for the rest of us. Well, the lightbulb finally went off- I'm going back to school, getting an advanced degree, and getting the fuck out of bedside nursing. I can't imagine for one millisecond working another 25 years around these bitches. It's time to move onward and upward, and get as far away from these ORCS as humanly possible!

Anonymous said...

So good to know I'm not the only one that sees it. I'm an RPh at a hospital and srsly RN's are the most dumbfuck group of ppl on the planet.

First of all, if you are an RN and you think you are around for your clinical input, get a clue. You are there to take orders and carry them out exactly as they are told to you. Nothing else b/c you simply arent qualified. Get your head out of your ass.

Secondly, the only reason you are ridiculously overcompensated is because you are a glorified customer service rep. You have to listen to patients and family of patients complain all day, and for keeping the rest of us (that actually have to make life-saving decisions) from having to do that we applaud you. But dont think for a minute that bringing home that amount of money qualifies you as a critical thinking, decision making authority. If you believe that it does refer to the first point.

Thirdly, when you call the RX and ask me to do a calculation for you, dont get upset when I tell you that you need to call your university and ask them for a refund. I know you only had to scrape by college algebra with a C that you probably had to beg for, and that you only had to take one semester each of chemisty/biology for 'nursing' (which we all know is a dumbed down remedial joke), but srsly, refer to point 2, at least try to step up to your pay grade.

Fourthly, go ahead and tell yourself that you run the hospital....it is amusing to the rest of us that realize you dont have a clue. A hospital is like an army....a nurse is a foot soldier, there are a gazillion of you, but you just wait around to do what you are told to do. The decisions and strategy come from much higher up....thank God.

Fifthly, I understand that you have (OMG!!) like a max of 5 patients and its oh-so-hard. Try handling ALL of them. Try reviewing every chart every time you need to verify/change an order and catching the tiniest little nuances that just might save a life. You guys would shit yourselves if you had to try and survive one day in an RX...even as a tech.

And finally, if I ever needed to stir up dissension and gossip....a nurse would be my first contact. You guys are soooo busy and swamped, yet you have all the time in the world to stab each other in the back and create so many additional problems amongst staff. How is that?

For the record:

100,000 Americans die as the result of hospital error every year. 92% of those errors are made by nurses.

96% of hospital medication errors are committed at the time of administration by (hmmmmm let me guess....) NURSES. Way to completely ignore the 5 rights.

87% of the MSRA spread in a hospital is by the nursing staff. Aren't we supposed to be making them better?

And on the operational side:

Nursing practices account for 73% of waste in a hospital environment. This includes medication costs that are eaten b/c the nurse prepared a med that was completely not necessary or had been discontinued already. It includes materials that are opened unecessarily such as tubing, excess supplies (gauze, 6 flushes when 1 would have done the trick, etc...) You name it and a nurse will be wasteful with it. Yet nurses will blame everything from Medicaid to HMO's for the rising cost of healthcare....get the plank out of your eye ladies.

Anonymous said...

95% of all nurses are female.From my experience most of them are perverts,obese and lazy. Most have
a 2 year rn degree and have hate
anger issues.

Anonymous said...

In the 70's and early 80's female
nurses were advised in nursing school to carry a steel spoon in
their pocket and strike an erect
male patient's penis if they saw one to " resolve the problem."
Sadly,this was even done to young
boys who from that became sterile
(antibodies).What ever happened to
do no harm?
Do a google search for nurses secret weapon. Read the comments,apparently this was started by an army nurse.Sick bunch
of cunts if you want my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love most of the comments I've seen here. It looks like the only comments that stick up for nurses were written by typical nurse bitches that can't accept criticism as well as they dish it out.

Most nurses believe they're well above normal human beings but I see them as being less than human. The only good nurses I've ever dealt with were male nurses. The females have all been self-centered bitchy whores that seem to really believe they are heroic gifts from God. CNAs are just as bad. Females that is.

I choose to live a shorter life and die a painful death rather than deal with those egotistical whores.

Anonymous said...

My God this is a long thread. Lot of truth and anger here.

I work on equipment every day at a hospital. I have been in the burn unit and heard the screaming. I have also heard a nurse comfort a patient. Yes that sound and what that nurse did broke me down. I have a new found respect for nurses.

Saying that, There are some mean ass bitch nurses that ignore you, are snooty and will not help you at all. I would suggest that they all should go to therapy. Im not just saying that to offend them (Yes I am) but to agree with all of you that it is a tough thing to be a nurse and they need to get over ther superiority complex.

Next, 2 years ago I got in an accident and broke 8 ribs and my lung got punctured. The nurses did a fine job for me. Ok...they were mean snooty bitches too, but I dont give a rats ass they helped when I couldnt help myself. Some were sweet although few were but they all helped me and for that I'm gratful. The only thing I can do when they treat me as you were treated is go back to the service dept and talk about how much of bitches that they and make up nicknames for them, ha ha! I know if something happens we all have to depend on them for survival. what else can you do if you go to hospital. Die or accept treatment!

Anonymous said...

Haha I worked at an Outpatient's Department, and can't tell you how much most these comments are true. Some were really nice but others a bunch of stuck-up gossipers (probably because they didn't have much else to do other than 'prepare the surgery' before good old doccy arrived and call out the patient's names lol). At least with nurses working on a busy ward they can try and successfully pretend that their only bitches because they have so much to do (usually the excuse I hear anyway lol). A lot of them sucked up to the doctors as well, who were so up themselves you could just laugh, and took it when the doctors were rude and down-talked them, but at the same time the nurses seemed to think they were above everyone else and hated feeling challenged in any way. Strange bunch (breed of their own lol).

Alex said...

I'm not a nurse. I've been to the ER before- I have an anxiety disorder but at the time I was in the hospital I thought I was having a heart attack (even though I am young). The nurses were very rude to me, were basically putting me down and seemed snarly with each other. I know good ones exist, but in my experience there are a lot more bitchy ones than good ones. Not to mention that one of my younger cousins, who is pretty much one of the biggest bitches I have ever met (the stab you in the back type, she's been that way since birth, she always has a condescending smirk on her face, puts down everyone else- even her own friends)... that cousin, surprise surprise, became a nurse. Wow. I wasn't really surprised. I realize not all nurses are bitches or dicks, but damn, are there a lot of them. I am now basically phobic of going to the hospital. PERIOD. Because I am scared of how I will be treated, laughed at, whatever... I split my head open some years ago in an accident, split my scalp wide open and was bleeding heavily for hours and needed stitches and WOULD NOT GO TO THE ER because of my fear of the nurses (NOT my fear of stitches or the doctors!!!). I was hanging out a youth center with gauze to my head getting more and more pale and fatigued. finally one of the staff asked me if he went and found a "nice" nurse and brought her back to stitch me up, would I stay in the youth centre and not run away? So I said okay. She was actually cool, but that goes to tell you how much some of the bitchy ones can really scare people away from seeking medical treatment when they need it. I am literally SCARED of ever needing to go to the hospital again BECAUSE OF NURSES SOLELY, even though I have asthma and sometimes can't breathe. I will risk being unnable to not breathe all night and even have my lips turn purple and go to a walk in clinic the next day or the University Hospital to see a med student than the big city hospital where a nurse will "process" me.

What I wouldn't love to see some bitchy nurse get mangled in a car wreck and be suffering so she can have other nurses bitch at her and screw things up. Ha! Nurses are witches, and they are frightening. They scared the shit out of me as a little kid, and they scare the shit out of me as an adult.

Anonymous said...

I am a nursing student and there are few RN's who understnd learning and orienting, but the rest are smug and when you get on floor and everyone is silent and just looking busy, so you have to tuck your tail between your legs and follow along or the RN tribe starts talking behind your back saying that you think you're better than everyone else. They actually teach this rude culture to new nurses and it's literally survival mode in walking past them or into the break room without them releasing the daggers. Nurses, as I've herd them talk, feel very slighted with their responsibility of providing care and documenting for hours straight to cover their asses from patients who claim they did not wipe off ports before connecting IV lines, and then when a Dr comes in and asks questions, I suppose they feel like well you went to school so figure it out. We have to recalculate all of your dosing so we don't deliver meds and kill people b/c Dr and RN's are responsible for med errors.
BTW, I have no interest in sleeping or marrying a doctor. I need a profession, which is nursing, because I want to help people and pay my own bills.

Anonymous said...

Here's a tip for all the med students out there who are about to find out that nurses are insane and then write blogs about them. Just deal with it. Just do what you have to do to get your job done and expect that if you ask one of them to do theirs you're going to experience a level of rudeness that wouldn't be tolerated in any other work place, anywhere. Nurses are lazy, sarcastic, and mean spirited, but you just have to put a smile on your face and take it. If you don't, your life and your patient's life will be miserable. Suddenly, it will be your STAFF who will be getting called about floor issues, then you're fucked. Don't think they'll take it out on the patients? They sure will, I've experienced it. Patients be warned, if your clerk or resident ever slips up with a nurse, no one will be coming by with that blanket, that missed meal tray, or to see if you need some T3s. No, my future colleagues, you just have to smile and take it and never, ever make any allusions to their irrational behavior in their presence. They are far to heavily protected by unions and sneaky ways to get back at you for it to matter. They can talk to you like you're an idiot because they do the same things every single day and as a result they develop an expertise in that area. They are incapable of understanding that their whole world is only a minute, almost insignificant part of your world and skill set. They work long shifts, but don't forget they are just shifts and they go home afterward. As such, they cannot comprehend that a resident worked the whole day before and depending on the specialty, will work the whole day after. So, do yourself a favor and don't expect them to understand that certain things can easily wait until the morning. Just put on a smile and order that colace at 2:30 am. Nursing was once a beautiful profession of comprised of caring, compassionate, selfless people. But it is not anymore. It is now a group of people who wanted to go to college, didn't like the Arts or Business programs so did science but knew being a researcher or doctor was totally not worth it. They are not stupid (do you get benefits? paid sick leave?). There are great nurses out there. There are nurses who do care, who do want to be teammates with with doctors. I know this because I've met them, I'm related to some, and the state of the whole profession makes them sad, very sad. So be nice my friends, just expect that they're going to treat you like shit. Be nice for your sake, your own patients sake, and you never know if you're rude back, you just might be rude to one of the few true nurses left.

Anonymous said...

Nursing students are bitches. I will be in nursing school next semester. I was subjected to a gaggle of hens at lunch today who really sounded stupid. I thought maybe I should reconsider my field of choice. I do not think I could work with nasty hateful crusty ho's. Fuck em. My best friend is a hot single doctor, and he hates nurses. He had a run in with one during med school, and it was a turning point. Besides most real men do not respect power hungry control freak women. Unless they are pussy men.

Anonymous said...

Nursing students are bitches. I will be in nursing school next semester. I was subjected to a gaggle of hens at lunch today who really sounded stupid. I thought maybe I should reconsider my field of choice. I do not think I could work with nasty hateful crusty ho's. Fuck em. My best friend is a hot single doctor, and he hates nurses. He had a run in with one during med school, and it was a turning point. Besides most real men do not respect power hungry control freak women. Unless they are pussy men.

Anonymous said...

The battle between doctors and nurses is pretty obvious to a patiemt stuck in the hospital for an extended period. Doctors only have a few moments to deal with you before moving onto the next patient, apparently relying on the nurses assessment (major problem number one), then the nurses are evil condescending bitches who treat patients like they wish they would die to reduce their workload. Some are very nice, and obviously deserve a great deal of respect, but quite a few are so jaded they have no business being in control of vulnerable sick people. A bad nurse can make a scary hospital experience even more terrifying. If you hate patients and despise the medical professionals you work with, do something else for a living. My mother is a nurse...if it wasn't for contact with a select few decent human beings in the nursing profession I would think being a sociopath is one of the primary hiring criteria for an RN.

Anonymous said...

I am so disgusted with the hurtful and disrespectful comments that are being made about nurses. I'm a nurse who has always kept my patients best interest at heart and do my very best to ensure the patients I look after are well cared for and the families are well informed. I don't work in emerg but I work in cardiology and I've worked countless number of shifts for 14 even 16 hours without any food or break when I was supposed to be working a 12 hour shift or even 8 hour shift...oh but that must mean I'm some evil person right? You couldn't imagine the type of pain and stress we carry with us not only when we work but when we come home. There are times I come home and I'm depressed because of what my patient or their families are going through not to mention all the politics I had to deal with.
The easiest thing to do is blame the nurses for everything. Why not? After all we are the ones who look after the patient 90% of the time so it must be our fault right? WRONG. We follow doctor’s orders and in the meantime spend all of our time trying to keep the patient alive and well and help them. It's not our fault the doctor hasn't gotten back to us after being paged 10 times so we can have your questions answered or even do a procedure we would like to do but can't until we have a doctor's order to do so. So often doctor's don't take the time to speak to the patient or the family members and we get blamed for that or have to clean up the mess the doctor has created and you know who gets all the praise when something goes right? The doctor's. It's really not fair at all, some just come in write a couple orders and leave. It's because of us those orders are carried out properly and sometimes we have to advocate for our patient's or argue with the doctor for them to respect the patient's needs. We help keep the patient's alive because without our supervision of the patient, doctor's wouldn't have a clue what was going on with their patients and yet look at the lack of respect we get from them. When we see there is something wrong based on our assessment, we are the ones who page the doctor so we can do something for the patient to help them out. There are times where I get so angry with the system in terms of our patient to nurse ratio because it really doesn't allow us to give the personalized care we so desperately want to give. If you’re new nurse, the nurse who decides what patients you get will give you the heaviest case load so that the other nurses take favour to them. This in turn creates work overload, endangers patients, and fosters negative relationships between the patient and nurse because the patient doesn't understand why the nurse isn’t staying with them longer etc. but it's because the nurse has to take care of the other very sick patients and is constantly having to prioritize care. Nothing changes because the nurse who makes the assignment will lie when being confronted about this and those other nurses who have something to gain by taking sides with that nurse will do so very quickly because of all he/she has to gain. Until you work as a nurse I don't think you can understand what we go through. When someone decides on a profession, one has to think about what kind of job you will be doing, each nurse had to ask themselves if helping the sick is something they wanted to do and each nurse decided yes and put themselves through school for that and any insensitive so called EVIL person wouldn't do that. Think about that next time. How many of you people making the negative comments would want to switch jobs with a nurse? Pretty sure the majority of you wouldn't and yet you still hate on them. It's pathetic.

Anonymous said...

You CAN win with nurses and it's simple. The thing I've noticed, they're on the mental level where if you're nice they'll walk all over you but if you're curt and all business (especially INDIFFERENT) to them THEN they start wanting your respect and not the other way around. So the answer is don't respect nurses, be an indifferent jerk and you'll do great, they will be forced to earn your respect then (after all you're the physician) less work for you more for them. Like you said they don't really come into the equation anyways, why give them any power at all, they're just nurses!

Anonymous said...

Funny isn't it how the continual blame
is redirected toards physicians.
Nurses do this all the time,taking
their hate and anger out on physicians,staff and ultimately the
patient. How about doing a story on
all the fat,nasty and perverted female
nurses out their leering aT male patients genitals. Talking about patients at the nurses station and
plscing pictures of patients on facebook. All of you are SICK SICK SICK!

Anonymous said...

I am a male nurse who spent 10 years working on an orthopaedic ward where the nursing staff ratio was 60% women and 40% men. The Nursing unit manager, the clinical nurse educator and most of the clinical nurse specialists were all men. Without sounding misogynist, there were few problems with bitchiness, staff morale was high and the nursing staff had an excellent relationship with the medical staff. As time went by, most of the males left the ward to pursue other opportunities, and were replaced by mostly females. Within a short time, there were incidents of bullying, people were gossiping about each other constantly, knives were placed in people's back...it became such a hostile enviroment that few good nurses would have wanted to continue working in. Nursing is hard enough without having to deal with personal attacks from the people you are supposed to be working alongside and supporting. My personal view is that more men need to be attracted to the profession to reduce the amount of bitchiness that dominates the unspoken culture at the moment. Put simply, men have no time for childish pettiness and bitch behaviour that seems to be more prevalent when the workforce is predominantly female.

Anonymous said...

Get a grip you people. Some of you claim to be doctors and others patients and you are stating that nurses are bitches, but read your own comments and I guarantee that you are being very BITCHY. This is the problem with the world we live in today too many people look at the symptoms instead of the problem and make outlandish generalised statements such as “All nurses are bitches.” Or “They couldn’t make it through medical school.” Or “They only went into the profession to marry a doctor.” These comments are childish and only inflame the situation.
If you went to a doctor who merely treated the symptoms of your problem, without assessing the cause of these symptoms, then the problem would never go away and it may very well get worse. The fact is that there are good nurses and bad nurses, just as you get good doctors and bad doctors as well as good patients and bad patients. But if you are claiming that all nurses are bad then there has to be something more going on. Now how many of you have questioned the health system and the administrators who run it and how many of you have analysed your own behaviour?
Let’s face it nurses are expected to behave like professionals, angels and saints, but they are never treated this way. If act they are often threatened, punched, kicked, spat on, verbally abused, and degraded by patients as well as their peers. Nurses must also have a high level of knowledge and many have University degrees, but they are continually viewed by the public and other health professionals as doctors hand maidens or personal servants. Furthermore their wages do not reflect their professional qualifications nor do their duties.
When the cleaner is not there, the nurse is expected to keep the environment clean. When the ward clerk is not there, they are expected to do all the paperwork and answer the phone. When the psychologist or psychiatrist is not there, they are expected to calm the patient down and fix the problem. When the social worker is not there, they are expected do all the running around and make sure everything has been arranged for the patient. When the physio is not there they, are expected to help the patient with his/her physio exercises. They are also expected to assist and take over the rolls of occupational therapists, speech therapists and doctors when they are not available. Nurses are expected to pick up the doctors mistakes on drug charts, handle any crisis till a doctor arrives on the scene. Nurses are also being forced to do more and more duties that were once done by doctors, plus they are expected to educate patients, student nurses and new interns. What’s more they are supposed to do all this for an average wage of about $35 an hour in Australia.
The reality is that nurses are recognised or rewarded for the work they do and too many people take nurses for granted and think that it is Ok to abuse them; for example: It is appalling how patients seem to think it is acceptable to fart in a nurse’s face. They would never fart in a doctor’s face, but their disrespect for nurses has no boundaries.
I am a nurse and I was recently reported by a patient’s granddaughter for stating that we can’t do the patients laundry. The granddaughter said she did not like my attitude and claimed that I acted as if the task was beneath me; she also said that I am not fit to be a nurse. My employer then expected me to go into work on my day off to answer to this complaint even though they know that we do not wash patients’ clothes. Consequently I have quit my job because I refuse to put up with this abuse.
Please think about your attitude toward nurses before you condemn us and don’t complain about the shortage of nurses because I did not go to University to be treated like a slave. There are plenty of sick people who need nurses, but those who expect us to wash their dirty laundry etc. drive us out of the INDUSTRY. Until we are treated like professionals nursing will always remain an INDUSTRY

BJM said...

Get a grip you people. Some of you claim to be doctors and others patients and you are stating that nurses are bitches, but read your own comments and I guarantee that you are being very BITCHY. This is the problem with the world we live in today too many people look at the symptoms instead of the problem and make outlandish generalised statements such as “All nurses are bitches.” Or “They couldn’t make it through medical school.” Or “They only went into the profession to marry a doctor.” These comments are childish and only inflame the situation.
If you went to a doctor who merely treated the symptoms of your problem, without assessing the cause of these symptoms, then the problem would never go away and it may very well get worse. The fact is that there are good nurses and bad nurses, just as you get good doctors and bad doctors as well as good patients and bad patients. But if you are claiming that all nurses are bad then there has to be something more going on. Now how many of you have questioned the health system and the administrators who run it and how many of you have analysed your own behaviour?
Let’s face it nurses are expected to behave like professionals, angels and saints, but they are never treated this way. If act they are often threatened, punched, kicked, spat on, verbally abused, and degraded by patients as well as their peers. Nurses must also have a high level of knowledge and many have University degrees, but they are continually viewed by the public and other health professionals as doctors hand maidens or personal servants. Furthermore their wages do not reflect their professional qualifications nor do their duties.
When the cleaner is not there, the nurse is expected to keep the environment clean. When the ward clerk is not there, they are expected to do all the paperwork and answer the phone. When the psychologist or psychiatrist is not there, they are expected to calm the patient down and fix the problem. When the social worker is not there, they are expected do all the running around and make sure everything has been arranged for the patient. When the physio is not there they, are expected to help the patient with his/her physio exercises. They are also expected to assist and take over the rolls of occupational therapists, speech therapists and doctors when they are not available. Nurses are expected to pick up the doctors mistakes on drug charts, handle any crisis till a doctor arrives on the scene. Nurses are also being forced to do more and more duties that were once done by doctors, plus they are expected to educate patients, student nurses and new interns. What’s more they are supposed to do all this for an average wage of about $35 an hour in Australia.
The reality is that nurses are recognised or rewarded for the work they do and too many people take nurses for granted and think that it is Ok to abuse them; for example: It is appalling how patients seem to think it is acceptable to fart in a nurse’s face. They would never fart in a doctor’s face, but their disrespect for nurses has no boundaries.
I am a nurse and I was recently reported by a patient’s granddaughter for stating that we can’t do the patients laundry. The granddaughter said she did not like my attitude and claimed that I acted as if the task was beneath me; she also said that I am not fit to be a nurse. My employer then expected me to go into work on my day off to answer to this complaint even though they know that we do not wash patients’ clothes. Consequently I have quit my job because I refuse to put up with this abuse.
Please think about your attitude toward nurses before you condemn us and don’t complain about the shortage of nurses because I did not go to University to be treated like a slave. There are plenty of sick people who need nurses, but those who expect us to wash their dirty laundry etc. drive us out of the INDUSTRY. Until we are treated like professionals nursing will always remain an INDUSTRY

Anonymous said...

Get a grip you people. Some of you claim to be doctors and others patients and you are stating that nurses are bitches, but read your own comments and I guarantee that you are being very BITCHY. This is the problem with the world we live in today too many people look at the symptoms instead of the problem and make outlandish generalised statements such as “All nurses are bitches.” Or “They couldn’t make it through medical school.” Or “They only went into the profession to marry a doctor.” These comments are childish and only inflame the situation.
If you went to a doctor who merely treated the symptoms of your problem, without assessing the cause of these symptoms, then the problem would never go away and it may very well get worse. The fact is that there are good nurses and bad nurses, just as you get good doctors and bad doctors as well as good patients and bad patients. But if you are claiming that all nurses are bad then there has to be something more going on. Now how many of you have questioned the health system and the administrators who run it and how many of you have analysed your own behaviour?
Let’s face it nurses are expected to behave like professionals, angels and saints, but they are never treated this way. If act they are often threatened, punched, kicked, spat on, verbally abused, and degraded by patients as well as their peers. Nurses must also have a high level of knowledge and many have University degrees, but they are continually viewed by the public and other health professionals as doctors hand maidens or personal servants. Furthermore their wages do not reflect their professional qualifications nor do their duties.
When the cleaner is not there, the nurse is expected to keep the environment clean. When the ward clerk is not there, they are expected to do all the paperwork and answer the phone. When the psychologist or psychiatrist is not there, they are expected to calm the patient down and fix the problem. When the social worker is not there, they are expected do all the running around and make sure everything has been arranged for the patient. When the physio is not there they, are expected to help the patient with his/her physio exercises. They are also expected to assist and take over the rolls of occupational therapists, speech therapists and doctors when they are not available. Nurses are expected to pick up the doctors mistakes on drug charts, handle any crisis till a doctor arrives on the scene. Nurses are also being forced to do more and more duties that were once done by doctors, plus they are expected to educate patients, student nurses and new interns. What’s more they are supposed to do all this for an average wage of about $35 an hour in Australia.
The reality is that nurses are not recognised or rewarded for the work they do. Too many people take nurses for granted and think that it is Ok to abuse them; for example: It is appalling how patients seem to think it is acceptable to fart in a nurse’s face. They would never fart in a doctor’s face, but their disrespect for nurses has no boundaries.
I am a nurse and I was recently reported by a patient’s granddaughter for stating that we can’t do the patients laundry. The granddaughter said she did not like my attitude and claimed that I acted as if the task was beneath me; she also said that I am not fit to be a nurse. My employer then expected me to go into work on my day off to answer to this complaint even though they know that we do not wash patients’ clothes. Consequently I have quit my job because I refuse to put up with this abuse.
Please think about your attitude toward nurses before you condemn us and don’t complain about the shortage of nurses because I did not go to University to be treated like a slave. There are plenty of sick people who need nurses, but those who expect us to wash their dirty laundry etc. drive us out of the INDUSTRY. Until we are treated like professionals nursing will always remain an INDUSTRY.

Anonymous said...

:)

the hospital environment, they say, is toxic. i hear people say..toxic patient. i never met a toxic patietnt.

i met a lot of toxic nurses.

i just graduated last year and it was during my schooling that i got yelled at, embarrassed, belittled by nurses (teachers) who are supposed to help me.

i dont know why they become like that, really no idea. i am not like that.

Nurselisa said...

Yes, I am a nurse and I have to agree with you. There is a huge tendency to be burt out and angry. I promised myself in nursing school I would not let myself become jaded and nasty. After all there are jobs for nurses EVERYWHERE where I live anyways, so there is no excuse to stay in a place that makes you miserable. That said, sometime the crap, abuse and risk you take as a nurse makes the job itself really suck. Just don't become 'one of them' and you will do alright. I'm a wimp so I never say anything. Just don't burn your bridges cause a nurse's memory for people that have wronged them is looooooong. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Dear Doctors,

If someone treats you like an asshole, you are probably being an asshole. Quit it!

Anonymous said...

Fuck nurses. They are retarded dumb cunts who don't know what is and is not an urgent matter and waste my fucking time.

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post and all but I wanted to add something. I'm in my second year of a nursing degree and I think I maybe in the wrong gig. The ex-nurse lecturers and a good 3/4 of the nurses i've encountered on placement have been horrible. These are mainly the old one's I should add. The ones that are all bitter about life and so on. I will finish my degree but am already planning on doing a Pharmacy or Bio Chem degree afterward's so I don't have a life filled with these noxious women I've encountered during my short time training.

Doctor's are just as bad too by the way. As a student nurse I clear don't even exist to them and they do run around "playing god" as far as I can see. Still I just need out of it all together. I don't need that shit in my life.

Melinda said...

I have been an RN for nearly 31 years and in many fields. I have always chosen to treat my coworkers respectfully and equally whether they were physicians, nurses, PCTS, or the gentleman picking up the garbage. That being said, no one who knows me would say I'm a codependent pushover or a raging, stupid bitch, either. i am sorry that there are nurses in the world who are and that apparently quite a few of you have been burned by them. That being said, in all these years of patient care, i don't believe I've ever heard a nurse express such unmitigated hatred for the medical profession or even an individual doctor (And believe me, there are some MD's who are rude,uncaring, and stupid, too, lest anyone think there's not. This is also a sad fact). Nursing is tough if done right and no matter how hard you work, the job is never done. Most patients do appreciate what you do for them but that seems to be the one real reward of the profession. There's pressure from all sides, administration, nursing leaders, physicians, employees who report to you as their immediate superior, conflict resolutions erupting at any moment that must be dealt with over and above the clinic visits and constant phone calls. The good nurses are always in motion doing something to make someone better somehow, whether it's a patient, a visitor, or a fellow staff member, and at the end of the day, because of the intrinsic need to do a good job, there's so little left over for herself. Good MD's are also prey to this syndrome, but when you walk out that door to go home, you do so with a sense of pride in yourself because you're a physician, and the very word generates automatic respect and even awe in some people. We walk out knowing that while we've done a good job, we won't get that same knee jerk response of respect and might very well be subject to someone's prejudicial assumption that we're lazy, uncaring, stupid, and someone's handmaiden who's looking for a doctor husband. We do so much to be treated so poorly and so disrespectfully in so many cases that maybe it's unavoidable that some of us become hardened and angry. Look how some of you have responded about how you're being treated for the length of your internship or residency by nurses. Think about having a professional lifetime spanning thirty years or more of being disrespected as you feel you are now, of being thought of as an inferior partner in healthcare, when in fact hospital care as we know would come to a complete standstill without nurses. We are a formidable force by sheer numbers. I myself am grateful to say that the MD's I work with are stand up guys who appreciate me. There are some of you who could learn from their decent attitude. Physician, heal thyself .

Anonymous said...

Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear.

Anonymous said...

I hate nurses. What's the point of their existence! Good-for-nothing, fat, fucking dumb, bitchy, back-stabbing, slutty, insecure, anal-retentive, rude, ignorant, incompetent, lazy, miserable cunts. Go and kill yourselves for the good of mankind. This is a doctor's order. Or suck my cock bitch.

Anonymous said...

Nurses are retards.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm not a nurse or a doctor or any other healthcare worker I haven't been a patient yet either. If this is what healthcare workers, including doctors act and talk like I think I'll check that off my list of things I want to be when I grow up!
I wonder if my own doctor talks this way?

Anonymous said...

I am a resident...the problem with nurses is that all they care about is making ZERO clinical decisions and/or judgements How many times have i read "MD aware"...MD aware....thats all they care about...not patient care or anything else. They can't make the simplest move without running it by an intern or resident. Interestingly enough, despite their sheer stupidity and ignorance, they are the first to say: "i could have been a doctor if I wanted to" LOL LOL LOL.
You know what...so why the hell didn't you?? Be my guest...take the MCAT and step 1 then steps 2 CS and CK and step3, get in the 98th percentile and survive med school and residency...and i'll see u at the board exam!!! Instead they want to do as little work as possible, protest for even less work and more pay, and develop even less common sense and intelligence if possible. I am actually never rude to nurses or PCA's....i can think of 2 nurses that i would really trust...that's it.
Nursing is a necessary and respectable career...so stick to it, do your job, take responsibility and have some respect for those who studied 5,000 times more then you. Experience does not always make one wise...at all! In this case, with experience comes more shortcuts for nurses...not knowledge. Nurses should stick to nursing...instead they put their nose into areas that they know NOTHING about...today, during rounds where we presented that the patient has a joint effusion that is septic...she chimes in with "were there any crystals in the fluid??" WHAT???!!! Just stick to your task please. All paging us to inquire about the ammonia level...seriously....stick to nursing, thats your job!

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, I see so many posts here that I agree with!! I'm an RN, and I love my job and all that comes with it, but I fucking hate most nurses! I have never in my life had to work with such a bunch of bitches. What someone said above about listening to female vs. male nurses giving each other report is so true!! I actually had someone bitch me out the other day because I didn't empty a garbage can. Geez, really??? That's the biggest complaint you have about my prctice???? From all the carrying on, I thought I'd killed someone! As far as I'm concerned, most nurses can go fuck themselves. Just get on with your own job and keep your nose out of my practice, because I can guarantee that I'm a much bloody better nurse than you are, you sad bitchy cows!!!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree that the nursing profession is out of control. It's so upsetting to hear how my patient's are treated by nurses. Just today one of my patient's referred to the nursing staff as "bottom feeders" and asked for my help. But I'm in no position of leverage to influence change as the problem is so huge. What other profession allows one to go to school for such a short period of time and start at such a salary? Unfortunately this attracts a lot of people to the profession that should not be there (lazy, greedy types). Knowledge deficits abound in the nursing profession, but rather than consulting the physician for clarification or further orders he/she ignores the physician's order all together! Physician's orders are treated more as "suggestions" rather than an order to carry out a task. With nursing being the largest profession in the country they definitely have the upper hand. There really should be a non-nursing governing body that oversees this profession, not just the state board of nursing. With this said, not all nurses are bad apples but the good apples are becoming harder and harder to find. I'm so sick of seeing nurses gossiping, clipping coupons, napping in empty patient rooms, texting, etc... it's so upsetting.

Anonymous said...

Those of you that have the time to whine, good for you. It is healthy. But shouldn't you be doing something more important with your time and LIFE than criticizing and stereotyping a whole profession. Some of these posts are just ridiculous. So much hate in your heart for the few that make everyone else look bad. Because those are the ones that stick out in your mind. Mostly I am appalled at the unprofessionalism and potty mouths. Anyone can google this and pull this blog up. You med students and MDs are making your profession look bad by this blog. I hope my own doctor doesn't talk like this. It's sad, really. Just so you know, every nurse isn't lazy and every nurse doesn't want to sleep with doctors; good grief. I'd like to know where you people that have inserted explicatives throughout your comments have been so I will never go there. I am a nurse. I work my ass off. I try to uphold "do no harm", advocate for my patients, and take care of them as real people - not a diagnosis lying in the bed. There's so much to do and so much responsibility! Where I work we take our lunch breaks when we have time; sometimes people don't have time to eat! Nurses and MDs are dependent on each other. It's sickening to see how much bad blood there is. I know we don't sit around bashing doctors; we don't have the time or energy like you do - we're busy! I could take a look at the comments on this page and generalize that medical students and doctors are a bunch of whiney-assed crybabies with hate-filled hearts that think it's all about them. Stop complaining and do your job. Then you won't have time for all this nonsense.

Anonymous said...

The nurse that posted right before me. Go fuck yourself. Seriously. You go work 80+ hours a week and then tell me how hard you work. You go to school for 10 years AFTER undergrad, and tell me how smart you are. Why are you even on this website? I found it by googling "I hate nurses". So did you google "I hate nurses" you fucking bitch.

Anonymous said...

Nurses kill over 100,000 patients a
year simply by not washing their
hands. Ever visit a peds icu and
if one child has rsv,they all get
it. Want to know why,its the nurses
doing it. Its called contact isolation,not wearing gloves and
washing their hands.
You've heard of " why do nurses
eat their young,lateral violence.Well, nurses take this kind of abuse out on other staff,
physicians and ltimately,their patients!

Anonymous said...

Nurses at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC are THE WORST. They act as if life has given them a ton of lemons and they have no sugar and nu water.

They are hateful, mean and ugly.

They treat other workers in the hospital like crap and they ignore most of their patients.

The look on their faces is like they are constantly smelling sh!t.

I HATE murses more than you.

If I ever get sick and have to go to the hosital, I rather be treated by the dish washer!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post. I am a new MD and everyday I feel abused by nurses. I feel like I have nowhere to rant! Thank you for letting me know I am not alone. There are great nurses who treats patients and other staff with respect. But so many of them are just so rude all the time. Get real people! Everyone is trying to care for the patient, get the job done, and make a living. Please don't make things unnecessary difficult for everyone. We can work together and do the same thing for our patients in a much more pleasant manner. Don't let whatever complex rule you! Yes I am frustrated and angry at times but I never make things difficult for nurses on purpose. I don't think anyone deserve to be treated like shit, whether dr or nurse or patient. So please, make it a patient centered care, and stop being so collectively obnoxious to junior doctors! Note: they nurses are all suddenly polite with senior staff. WTF. I feel better after this rant thank you.

Anonymous said...

Nurses are a cult,evil,nasty,perverted,fat,stupid all of them.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm am RN and have started working in Theatre at the start of this year. From working on the wards to starting in Theatre was a major transition, not only for the steep learning curve, but for the fact that many of the older Nursing staff are bitter nasty pieces of work and do not want to give new staff a chance. Although I have noticed that they are extremely pleasant towards Surgeons and it almost seems as though they feels they are of a higher status when in their company. The job itself is fascinating, but I feel like I am socially isolated as they do not yet accept me as their own. As many Nurses are over the age of 40, I'm guessing you have encounted many of the Nurses that need a fresh environment to work in. One day you can become a Surgeon and have old crabby Nurses at your beckon call, but remember we are not all nasty pieces of work, just some.

Anonymous said...

As an intern, luckily I seemed to be generally liked by staff and nurses. I work hard and treat people with respect. I don't talk about personal shit with them, I don't really engage in to deep a conversation with staff. I get my shit done and get out. On-call my patience can really be tested, at my institution certain floors are notorious for having night nurses that do not want to do anything, I have gotten frustrated, dirty looks for asking them to do certain things for patients, I ignore it and walk away. Inside I start to boil, not cause they don't respect me and my judgment, I don't care about that, but cuz they really wanna half-ass things so bad they are willing to provide suboptimal care to a patient. THAT PISSES ME OFF! Don't get me wrong, I have made plenty of mistakes and done, stupid, silly and selfish things in the past, but i accept those mistakes and work harder...but as a resident we are held to a different standard...
maybe there needs to be less cliquey or cattiness amongst the nursing staff and more support and defined leadership to encourage good care, camaraderie and a bit of FEAR (yes) do your job properly and diplomatically or you're fired.
Unfortunately, the Hospital houses the Ego. Therefore, there will always be conflict...I wish I had talent in something else :((((((( hospitals are terrible places to work...

Anonymous said...

i am a nurse in icu and any resident and or intern that is worth their salt doesn,t need me to breast feed them the whole twelve hour day. that is what the attending is for. i already have plenty on my plate caring for patients. i don,t have time to mickey mouse some wannabe doc all day.maybe do a little more studying and less time on the computer. then maybe your skills won,t be so lacking.

Anonymous said...

Wow? I wonder how patient will think of doctors and nurses when they read this post? I didn't realized that the hospital is a war zone between nurses and doctors. I think I rather die at home than being in the middle of your war. Seemed like both the nurses and doctors who have trouble working with other needs to see a psychiatrist or get out of the profession because stress will kill you all.

Anonymous said...

Wow...all I can say is that you guys are assholes. I feel like I'm reading a post from some immature teenage brat cyberbullying.I just got discharged from the hospital a week ago and felt so cared for by my nurses. It was the doctors I had issues with. Reading these posts make me cringe. I hope I never have the displeasure of being cared for by any of you "doctors." Here's an idea, rather than bitching about this on a blog like a wimp, maybe get some courage and say something to those you claim to hate so much.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a physician,I am a patient. We hate female
nurses. Go to www.patient privacy.blogspot

Anonymous said...

Well most Doctors are fucking idiots and bitches. How can someone with so much education be so clueless? They ignore you, talk over you, look through you like a piece of glass, miss-diagnose you, etc. Wiping asses, giving meds, filling out endless paperwork, babysitting residents, dealing with rude family members of patients, all while trying to coordinate all aspects of a patients care for a long 12 hour shift would make anybody a bitch. Before you say "hate" try to understand why nurses are bitchy..duh you fucking idiots.. hahaha. And when you go to the hospital as a helpless patient, remember who will be wiping your ass and helping you physically and emotionally- NOT a doctor!

Anonymous said...

If you ever thought female nurses were all unprofessional
then this thread proves it. All nurses,under nursing articles
nine-things-nurses don't want you to know.

Anonymous said...

"beckon call" - LOL!! Leave it to a nurse...

Miriam said...

You Guys, what the hell? What happened to human decency? Does that all go out the window when you come together at work? I'm a Nursing student and I'm really shocked at the amount of resentment and hatred towards Nurses... but I must admit I have heard plenty of the like from Nurses towards doctors... I believe it's just a power struggle on both ends. But really, for the person who said Nurses are reject Medical students...Is that me? And for the one who said Nurses have self esteem issues, is that me you say? Ouch! Harsh and Bitter words, you all speak! But then again, it can be a harsh and bitter environment.

Angelika said...

I agree 100%, they are the most catty evil b!tches I ever saw. They are mean to doctors, nursing students, new nurses and each other, nurses are just unpleasant period. Now that I know how nurses are I shudder for anyone who has to go to a hospital, if anything goes wrong it will be f you nurses will all cover each others butts no matter how wrong the nurse is. A bunch of pathetic old ladies, I'm glad I saw the light and said f#ck you to nursing school before it was too late.

Anonymous said...

I'm a male RN, former military medic. I work hard to check all the boxes and do all the tasks that fill every minute of every shift (with a guilty 10 minute runoff to scarf my lunch on most days). I also work hard- not to impress MDs, but to interface constructively with them and offer well-reasoned, fact-rich and usable reports to them. Some reciprocate my respect for them, and some do not. I have learned to have the humility and grace to accept either and move along. One thing I will say is that you really don't know what someone else goes through until you spend a week in their shoes. Nurses get run ragged and may do stupid things from lack of sleep or fatigue brought on by an insane amount of multitasking. I have gone about things at 3am in a way that I would not at 9am, if you know what I mean. Listened to a dementia patient scream insults at the staff all shift long, for days upon days. Some days would put anybody in a bad mood. Some nurses can be insolent and petty like in any other profession. I managed corporate accounts for a cellular provider and worked as a paralegal- believe me, there are jerks and morons in every profession and at every level of the totem pole. I do applaud the ANAs stand on nursing education- it should require a master's degree in nursing for entry- no more vocational nurses and no more nurses without a well-rounded education, open and analytical mind, and manners. I say pay nurses more and give them more respect- but make them earn it. In this day and age, the 2-year degree in nursing is an insult to nurses (it does take 4 years of classes to earn it anyway, not 2), as well as to patients who are cared for by them, and also to 3) the other clinicians who have to work with them. The "blue-collar" attitude needs to be taken out of nursing. I've heard RNs complain about LVNs being insolent and such in a very similar way, but you'll find most RNs have a long list of LVNs who they trust and appreciate. I hope that as you move forward in your career you'll get past this vent and build some relationships with nurses. You don't have to spend the weekend in Napa with them- you just have to interface constructively with them. Kudos for putting up with the witches, they are definitely out there. Just keep an open mind each time you meet a new nurse. Some are great people.

Anonymous said...

You just need more male nurses

Anonymous said...

Hi :) I've tried to read as many posts on here as I can. I have to say I was slightly upset, but not shocked, to see that so many doctors dislike nurses. I do feel
However that some of these comments are so generic and bare no weight! In other words, they don't apply to the whole nursing demographic!

I am a nursing student, in my final year. I work my ass off 5 days a week and put up with so much shit at various placements, oddly enough though, it's always the doctors and consultants who give everyone a hard time. From my own experience, I'm aware their are really sociable and good dr's out there, most drs and consultants are horrid egotistical beings! Just yesterday, in my theatre placement, a surgeon called me stupid and demanded I leave her theatre just because I tried to change a patients sheet ( post op) . The sheet was soaked in blood! Due to my student status I had to hold my tongue! I was so angry! NOONE! deserves to be treated this way!

I will be finishing up Uni Sept 2012 and I want any dr's reading this to know that nursing is not a profession for dumb people! It's actually a very complex and academic career, requiring constant updating and up to date skills. Most nurses I have met do everything within the ward! For example; calculating drug dosages and saving
Lives! Communicating effectively with all staff,
Patients and their families, providing emotional, clinical, spiritual and educational support.

I challenge anyone who says nurses are useless! We are not! Get outta your God complexes! Your dr's and consultants are not above us, we run the show!

As a student I can hand on heart say that myself
and most nurses and students are decent, good people. The patient should always come
First and bullying should never be a factor within the ward!

Anonymous said...

Btw I am a male nursing student, from Glasgow.

Anonymous said...

Nurses are cunts. I'm a female ICU doctor and the hardest part of my job is dealing with their passive-aggressive bullshit. Such assholes. I'm glad they have to clean up shit.

Anonymous said...

Your generalising nurses to suit your own experiences, very immature comment don't you think? I'm a male
student nurse and I'm not a c...! it's doctors like you that create hell for staff in hospital! You know what an MDT is don't you? Maybe you should be part of that and concentrate on your patients and stop being such a bitch :)

Anonymous said...

I was cna and in nursing school. I was fired from my job because nurses, nurses are uptight lazy estrogen !monster bitches!

Anonymous said...

P.s. Male nurses are evn bigger bitches

Anonymous said...

Female nurses and cna's are lazy,stupid,perverted
Bunch of CUNTS.

Anonymous said...

Women go into nursing just to leer at nude men,
stupid little perverts!

Anonymous said...

Sooo true, they are so mean! Why?!?! PS: Nurses don't clean up shit CNAs do (I'm a CNA the nurse I work with treats me like shit) I had to tell her three times to give this poor guy his medication he was shaking and everything. Then she tells me "I go on break" (They're all Fillipino ladys working there)

Anonymous said...

I've been a nurse for 10 years. Stick a fork in me, because I'm done. It's not what you know, it's who you know. The good nurses end up leaving because they are out numbered. I've seen good nurses set up and sabotaged. It's a shame. All nurse managers are sociopaths. Beware, if you are a straight male, I would suggest finding a different career.

Anonymous said...

This is funny! I am a male nurse and I think that many nurses are bitches also. I also think it's funny that a nurse takes a one semester class on a subject like nutrition, OB or mental health and all of a sudden they are an expert.

Anonymous said...

Wow...I just happened upon this thread and can't believe how nurses are so sociopathic. My aunt was a head nurse, and my mom said back in the day that she could be brutal to her staff beneath her. Why in the world would any young person enter into this oppressive field of work? I'd rather live in a tent down by the river than put up with a bunch of shrews all day.

Anonymous said...

One day when you all die, you'll realise that, all this disrespect for humanity was just a waste. Who is going to ask what initial was behind your names. i cant believe this! Doctor, nurses.....all theses insults, really????

Anonymous said...

I've been an RN for 30+ yrs & worked just about every floor in the hospital. For the past 10 yrs I've worked in NICU & have noticed the nurses, doctors & medical staff have more respect for each other. Everyones expertise is needed & we work as a team to get the best outcome for our premies. Nursing can be a stressful, drudgery but attitude is so important. Whether you are an ADN, BSN or Diploma RN we're all working for the same goals
"Quality patient care". Common courtsey & understanding for your co-workers go a long way in making that happen

Anonymous said...

I can not understand why they are so lazy and with such attitude. Why would someone go into a profession and at the same time, express dislike for it on a continual basis...

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are too stupid to do anything thing else!

Their required math class is 8th grade level.

They are all on the 10 year plan.....Stupid.

Anonymous said...

Sad & glad to see this site. Have first hand experience for almost the last two years since mum took a dense stroke on her left side following a heart valve replacement and bypass. To be fair there are a few good ones but for the majority they are a complete disappointment.
My mother has only the use of her right arm. She needs two people to move her in the bed, toilet her etc. This of course is on her notes but you would never know. I have to go to the hospital and fix her for bed every night because she cant get a nurse to do more than hand out tablets with their beloved medicine trolley, and write on charts. They gather round the nurses station a half an hour before the end of their shift for the 'hand over' or a good gossip. God forbid you should wish to enquire about a patient and disturb them.
Ive heard nurses askin patients if they thought they were in a hotel. Did they know this is hospital ? not a hotel did you take a wrong turn at the roundabout and think you were in the Seagoe Hotel? Ha you'd have to be deaf dumb and blind to think that as they practice 'patient avoidance' if they did work in a hotel they'd have been sacked a looooong time ago.
Call bells are for patients use if they need the toilet are in pain or can't get breathe have lost count of the number of times I've went in and mums call bell is no where near her. Other patients too! whole bays of patients with their call bells on the wall way out of reach. Also bedside tables out of reach no access to water, food, phone etc. Mum was sick and her sugar levels fell they made her tea and toast( a miracle in itself), they left her a knife and an unopened pat of butter as she struggled to open and butter her toast single handed! her tea went cold as did the toast.
My mother has leg ulcers her heel is an open wound, she couldn't stand even the weight of her leg on the heel despite the fact she was on an air mattress. ( was a porter who got her the air mattress despite the nurse being repeatedly asked). Lost count of the times she phoned me in agony just to get a pillow under her leg to get the heel off the bed couldn't get a nurse to do it. The heel was mending til she got into hosp the nurses on the ward were waiting a week later on a skin specialist nurse to see her rather than phoning her GP/ district nurse for the list of dressings, Now she has an infection back in it.
I even had to bring in my own pillows for her , as the nurses announced there were only to be 2 pillows allowed to each bed. they told her tonight there were no pillows for her leg even though there was one on the vacant bed diagonally opposite her. I took it and put it under her leg. The evil bitches! sitting smirking at the desk as I do their job for them, putting the bed the way MUM wants it, putting her splint on her stroke arm, handing her the things she needs, making sure her call bell & table are within reach (with a drink on it), brushing her dentures, moving her up in the bed, cutting her finger nails which are cutting the hand of her as the stroke hand curls in on itself. Making sure her mobile is charged in case it really is an emergency and I can phone the nurses station from home and get them to help her even if she can't. Yes its happened twice!!! she was bouncing out of bed in agony because shed fallen asleep earlier and the nurses didn't waken her to give her her short range pain killers and then forgot. The other occasion she had fluid on the lung and couldn't breathe. The nurse answered the phone '1 West' even though it was 1 south! DOH!
Nurses want to be nursed themselves they have no interest in anyone else. Attention seekers and Drama Queens who enjoy the misery of the real life soap operas around them.
NURSES Your day will come! be sure of it. Its called KARMA.

Anonymous said...

I've been a nurse for 14 years, I can't take it anymore. I've worked at 20 different facilities. It's all the same shit. Nurse are cunts and bullies.

madcna said...

OMG, I SO love this post. I am a CNA (not for long...I'm going to school to become a corporate paralegal)...I work at a nursing home (the shittiest place you could work at as a CNA....10 times worst than any hospital), and I WANT OUT! I can't understand how some CNA's at the facility have been working at this dump for 6+ years


The irony of my story is that my mother is a Registered Nurse and she has been one for over 20 years...and she't burnt out. I understand her end sometimes, but with me being a CNA....it's hard to take sides...

As long as women dominate the nursing profession, it will continue to be in shambles. Those STANK bitches are ALWAYS complaining, back-biting, whining and sabotaging. When their not saboging another nurse, they turn on their CNA's. And heaven forbid if one of them want to get you fired. All they have to do is lie on you and the administrator and DON believes them because they hate CNA's any damn way. CNA's don't get paid enough for the back-breaking hard work we do and EMOTIONAL abuse we put up with.

One nurse didn't like a CNA (I think because she was beautiful and younger than her) and one night, the CNA dosed off for like 2 seconds....she had worked a double and she is a very good worker....this STANK BITCH takes a picture of her sleeping and floats it around the building. Then, she lied and said we leave patients wet while we are on the phone texting and watching tv...FIRST.....we do rounds every 2 hours, SECOND, its the dementia unit....you can change the patient and they will often take off their diaper or hold their urine, which makes them pee a lot all at one time......THIRD.....that stupid stank nurse be on her phone all the damn time!

I'm telling you, don't become a CNA unless you do private duty and find your own clients. And even then.........

Anonymous said...

You have serious issues. Get some help! Someone who disrespects others like this does not deserve to have md after their name. My parents are physicians and I've seen them dedicate their lives to help others. I'm a nurse because I choose to not spend 12 years on schooling. My parents are wonderful supportive people who respected my decision. Their are bad nurses out their because they have poor work ethic,". You'll find good nurses along with the bad ones.

Anonymous said...

This is indicative of how female nurses are

www.juicynurse.blogspot.com/2009/09/penis.html

Anonymous said...

Your a dumbass pcts do the clean up and help with all the charting and basically do everything but give mess and that's all nurses are good for they are all lazy bitches

Anonymous said...

U dont like nurse's, then stay home. Stay sick and dont bitch and come to us when u need help u whiny bitch. U probably milk the system, repeatedly come back to the hospital every week, complain about how awful the nurses are, then return to the exact same place over and over again. Keep bitching, cuz nurses will put u on their own list of "that asshole patient in room ????, just ignore that bitch". So keep complaining, us nurses always get even with the assholes like u. LOL.

DNP said...

Hahaha is all I can say. You are so smug, arrogant, and ignorant. Maybe if you treated nurses with respect for the fact that they do everything but write the stupid orders for you and take basically complete care of the patients, you'd get treated more decently. Here's some advice- GET OVER YOURSELF. MDs think they're GOD, we'll you're not. You don't know squat and you should be kissing your nurses's behinds for saving YOU constantly.

Anonymous said...

U should be in that bed about to code

Anonymous said...

Your a total C!!t, yeah I said it! but it's true! I'm a final year nursing student and I'm appalled at your comment! Think you need to read the code of conduct re- sharing skills and collaboration with MDT including students after all, they probably run ragged after you terrified you will fail their placement. Nurses like you are going out! bring on the battle :)

Anonymous said...

Ha ha funny you should say that! Nurses hate drs and do the same
thing you suggested.

Anonymous said...

I think your comment makes
you the cunt dear not the nurses, now fuck off...

Anonymous said...

your so right buddy :) its a pain to witness lol

Anonymous said...

great attitude and exactly
how I feel x

Naddy said...

Well, Roxy, I'm a nurse. Have been for 3 years and yes there are nurses who are absolutely rude and unprofessional. However, there are great nurses out there, who are wonderful, kind, respectful and genuine. I've come across both kinds. You've even mentioned it yourself briefly. I believe it's how people are in general. You find both sides. Some people love life and some people are just happy with misery. I have come across nurses, doctors, residents, allied health professionals and even students, who are mean, abusive and condescending, and then those whom I can become good friends with. What I would suggest if you come across a nurse or anyone who is rude to you, get it off your chest then and there. Tell him or her what you found rude. Don't let it fester to the point where you're stooping to their level, call them derogatory names and posting blogs trashing an entire profession. We are not all the same. Hoping you change your mind about us. Naddy

Anonymous said...

Naddy

The bitches in nursing far far outnumber the
very few good ones,therefore Roxy is right.

Anonymous said...

One of the top 10 evil women ever was a nurse who
killed four children. It is the least trusted industry. I
have more respect for housekeeping.

Anonymous said...

Well, if you're asking for kindness or honest consideration from a nurse who's probably been maligned, demeaned, and/or threatened with job loss on a monthly basis by MD's and their close kin, then you're just being unrealistic. Most seasoned nurses I've worked with in ICU's/Med surg have finely honed the tools to 'keep' their jobs. Basic formula, really. Works in many professions where one is middle management. You 'act' kind/considerate, but you never do more than you absolutely have to do. You never vent, because that would be 'inappropriate'. But, you also never help someone who is relatively 'unimportant' in the pyramid of authority...rather like yourself. It prevents one from draining one's energy on nonessential staff, like yourself, during a 12-14 hour shift. But, most importantly, it's a way of safely, yet vicariously venting. You see, one day you may be the MD who will be maligning a nurse or a nurse's peer in some fashtion--like threatening to report the nurse for not giving you more explicit directions to the gauze supply:))

Anonymous said...

Nurses are lazy fucking bitches. I hate a damn nurse they call the the police department for stupid shit. For example they call the police department to bring back a patient who decided to leave against medical advice. It should be noted if the patient can't think for himself/herself at that point yes but other than that a hospital is not a jail. So in my opinion nurses are fucking cunts!

Anonymous said...

This blog isn't just about physicians and residents against
nurses, rather just about every other department in the
hospital hates nurses. Lab,x-ray,respiratory,housekeeping
,pharmacy and maintenance,WE ALL HATE YOU.

Anonymous said...

i was a nurse, and took a job as an orderly within the hospital. i agee with the i hate nurses saying almost 90% of them got some mental tall poppy syndrome. There's only a small percent that are Fab. The rest got a pole up there ass and are lazy. what's funny is majorit of crap nurses are the newcomers from public system

Anonymous said...

If every other department in the hospital hates you, it's YOU. I've worked in various parts of imaging and learned a few things about nurses:
The bigger and buffer they are, the more likely they will disappear magically when you need help with a patient.
They come into the profession to appear benevolent and selfless, then become bitter instantly when they feel people are not impressed enough by them.
Many join the profession to meet MDs, then grow bitter after being passed around by residents for 10 years and they realize no one will sweep them off their feet.
They come into the profession for the money ONLY, and couldn't give 2 shits about their patients or coworkers.
The kind of people who come into the nursing profession for these reasons are bitches and whores. No character.
In order to gain any respect from a nurse, you have to be mean and nasty. It's the only language they understand.
I agree that the hospital is a toxic atmosphere. It's very Brave New World, only certain "castes" (coughnursescough) are completely ignorant of how the system works. Some of us have more education than them - and *gasp* we are not doctors. Some of us make more money than they do and *gasp* are not doctors. Yet in my experience they treat everyone else in the hospital like dirt under their feet. They talk about MDs and residents being idiots and assholes, yet when one shows their face they fall over each other to be the first to kiss ass. Disgusting.
In 20 years of hospital work I have met way too few nurses who came into the profession to help people and make an effort to work with others. Unfortunately they have to put up with the rest of the rotten bitches in their profession (and guys are not exempt, regardless of sexual orientation.)

To put it mildly, I'm so sick of these bitches and their rudeness and bitterness and laziness. GET OVER yourselves. If you are so hell-bent on appearing so wonderful and selfless, maybe you should stick around when people are attempting to slide an image plate behind your 400lb critically ill patient (that is naked and covered in urine, sweat and vomit.) Otherwise, it appears you would let your patient die before you would lift a finger to help. I was always shocked when one of you would actually hang around and at least offer to help move your patient. How sad is that?
There is a reason for everyone's rage. The whole world hasn't gone hostile - it's you. Everyone hates you because you're an asshole. Try learning what basic manners and courtesy are and then watch what happens when you employ them. It's worth a try...

Anonymous said...

So true, 5am for morning portables and those
bitches run like cockroaches. Funny, there are
no male mammographers. But female nurses
love exposing their male patients to other female staff.
Very unprofessional. Visit a site called juicynurse.penis
a sick female nurse created that site.

Anonymous said...

I am a nurse, a female, and I hate most nurses too! I think they are one of the MOST uncaring people in this profession! For people that are supposed to care...they DON'T care about their co-workers, the other allied staff or sometimes their patients. The nurses who are truly burnt-out are the caring ones, the ones other nurse bully. Nurse judge, make fast judgement on others, they are competitive, threatened & they "eat everyone" NOT just "the their young"! The only other allied healthcare person that equals them are Physiotherapists! Don't step near them or think you have an opinion...they are mean and nasty too!
I would tell anyone who is sensitive or who can do anything else in the whole wide world...do it...as much as I love y patients, nursing & a handful of real nursing "friends" I would say find another field in which to care for patients...or work in a nursing field where you are autonimous and away form their evils...like homecare or occupational health.
Just saying save yourself the pain...A very burnt out nurse!

Anonymous said...

Oh and too all the NEW nurses here feeling like they "KNOW IT ALL" this is the attitude we talk about...come back kid in a dozen years when you have earned YOUR right to bitch about the nursing profession! You are still Gleaming about your pretty little nurses pin from school...and prbably are one of the bitches that we are talking about...because like I said if you ain't burnt out from it or have insight to the attitude of the bitch "eat your young" mentality then you are part of the big friggen problem!!!
See you when you have been to more units, more ICU, OR & PARRS and then we will take your opinion Jr.!

Anonymous said...

Interesting that all nurses are either fat,stupid and perverted.

Anonymous said...

I'm almost a nurse but I agree with you completely that the nursing environment is bitchy. Being a naive, young student nurse, I was under the impression that a nurse was someone with a caring attitute towards others who took action when actio was required and offered support and guidance to those who asked or even needed it. However I've learned that nurses can be cowards, with heresay forming the basis of their judgements and a general lack of empathy. I've lost my faith in the nursing profession and am seriously considering another career path once I'm registered.

Anonymous said...

I had my baby at a birthing center instead of a hospital because I did not want bossy loud obnoxious nurses torturing me during labor. Years later my susicions were confirmed when I took a job at a hospital. Sheer absolute unmitigated hell on earth! Hospitals are the gates to hell and female hospital staff are its she-devils!!!

Anonymous said...

i'm a female nurse, and it's embarrassing to admit it, but you are so right about giving report to the next shift. I would rather give report to a male nurse any day over most females. If something didnt get done, who cares why. Just do it and move on!

Anonymous said...

Hey all asshole's! RN equals four years. 2 years for the generic aa and 2 more for nursing school. Not to mention a pgy1 knows nothing compared to a seasoned RN on the fucking floor of (choose specialty)! That's because we have to tell you wise guys how to write a fkc'g MD order so it will pass the state requirement; the pharmacy requirement and the little known incredulous formulary rules due to the fucking budget. Not to mention Dr. Prick who is a hack and just read a new thing in the NEJM and wants too get his name in type for associating the duplicating evidence. Now for RN's there are a lot of asshole's as well backstabbing liars who whore around with the likes of some who enlist there efforts to spin shit over the ones they want to get off the floor because some other asshole started a rumor. Fuck all you asshole's.

Anonymous said...

Evil-spirited nurses are the reason why I had my son at a birthing center instead of a hospital. Nurses have no social services skills. They are untrained and unenlightened psychologically, they are emotional train wrecks waiting to happen. They also make way too much money. Thusly a lot of greedy selfish bitches entering that profession.

Anonymous said...

Wow - this is such a hateful thread. I came across this by googling, "I hate nursing" (after a string of bad shifts) and I came across this. You are 5th from the top, by the way. Very easy to be found out and reported.

Anonymous said...

By the way, as a Radiologist in Boston, I'm appalled you allowed these comments on your post, riddled with profanities and hate.

Anonymous said...

Wow, after reading all this, it sounds like it's the doctors who have issues. I am so glad the doctors I have come across in my own life were actually respectful and easy to talk to. I feel sorry for the nurses who have to deal with "professionals" that act like this on a web blog.

Anonymous said...

To all evil nurses, it's not just Physicians on this board
that hate you all, it's patients and other staff. WE ALL
HATE YOU NURSES.

Anonymous said...

I am a nurse, and I have to say, I agree with a lot of these comments. Sometimes I wish I never became a nurse. And yes, many nurses ARE very nasty. I also don't understand why they went into a profession where you are supposed to be compassionate and caring. Because a lot of them are just plain evil. Many are very self centered and as others have said, have some sort of psychological problem where they feel the need to belittle others (including patients, doctors, other nurses, patients' family members, CNAs, physical therapists, and the list goes on an on) in order to make themselves feel better! I had no experience whatsoever in the medical field when I decided I wanted to be a registered nurse. I wanted to help people. I had no idea what it would really be like. I don't know where most people who have commented on here are from, but I'm in the US, and being a nurse is hard work. And I'm not saying this because I'm lazy. I work 12 hour shifts and hardly even have time to go to the bathroom or eat. I don't have nearly enough time to spend with my patients, because I'm too busy giving out meds and doing tons of paperwork. I went into nursing thinking that I would be able to spend time with sick people, help comfort them, and actually have time to talk to them and help them feel better...but I just don't have the time and it sucks. I think if each nurse was responsible for less patients, we would all be much happier and nicer. Again, this is not because I'm lazy, but it's not easy being responsible for 6, 8, or 10 patients! We are expected to give out all their medications, explain procedures to them and their families, answer questions, answer calls, change dressings, help them to the bathroom, deal with our managers, and millions of other things. It's really hard to juggle all of it. It's hard to get everything done on time and there is a lot of pressure. It's sort of like being a waitress-you're sort of the middle man and you have to listen to both sides and try to please everybody, all while running around like crazy.
But anyway, I don't know why nurses are so evil. In some places, I think it's because they are so overworked. Maybe it's because it's a group of mostly women working together under pressure. And women can be very catty. Maybe it's because we have a lot of responsibility and not nearly as much education as doctors. We do learn about anatomy and physiology and many disease processes in school. Obviously not in as much detail as MDs do though. But some nurses do still seem to think they know more than doctors. And think they are better than everyone else because they are a nurse. I don't get it. I know a lot of people that hate nurses, but thankfully they reassure me that I don't act like most nurses. I actually care about my patients and am respectful towards my fellow nurses, doctors, housekeepers, and everyone in between. I've only been a nurse for a few years, but if I don't get out of it soon, I will surely go crazy. It just depresses me to see how nasty and evil nurses can be.
But I have to say, doctors can be overly mean sometimes too. I guess everyone can. :-/
Oh, and I also have to add that some of your comments really hurt my feelings! I hope you don't hate ALL of us! We are not all fat, lazy, perverted morons looking to sleep with doctors. I am honestly none of those things. I have a boyfriend, so am not interested in dating a doctor. I'm not fat, lazy, or perverted either. And I'm definitely not a moron. But I understand where you guys are coming from, because I make the same generalizations about nurses, and frequently complain to my friends that I hate my job because nurses are such bitches. It's a sad state we are all in :(

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately,it is quite apparent many nurses suffer from low self esteem and chronic mental health issues. They are the biggest gossipers,slanderers I have ever seen. They obviously do not have the insight or proper judgement to realize that this works against them. I cannot stand standing next to a nurse who is talking negatively about fellow staff. It actually makes me ill. I have absolutely no respect for anyone that is fueled by putting others down. You have a problem..solve it and shut up. Nobody cares to hear a rampage. Unless you are perfect like Jesus Christ I do not want to hear any self righteous egotist spill diarrhea. It is simply not productive. Instead of expelling that oral garbage save that energy to inspire,encourage and mentor fellow staff to be the best they can be. Needless to say, very few act like angels; most act like demons. It is a disgrace to themselves and the "profession" to act this way. I believe many have grown up in extremely dysfunctional environments where they have had to fight for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual survival. As a result, they submit to an existence they do not want that is full of suffering, misery and self destruction. They are constantly trying to achieve a sense of importance and validation as they did not experience these things during their childhood. As a result, many fall into a pattern of dysfunctional behavior patterns to cope. They do this because this is what they are familiar with. In their defense,the expectations placed on the nurses are unrealistic. THEY ARE HUMAN, NOT ROBOTS. Nurses are not DOCTORS. However, as a profession they are increasingly being expected to act and have the knowledge base of a doctor who goes to school for 7-12 years. This is completely ludicrous. It is the administrators that expect the nurses to know everything. Yet nurses are not paid according to the stress,liability and responsibility the job truly entails.

Nigger on the Run said...

I'm a nurse. You're sooo right. I'm a guy and even the guys can be bitchy. It's the profession. I explain it all in my blog posting about how to spot a bad doctor. I'm also African-American and I go into some of the mechanics of race in a hospital, which you may find interesting.

Go to www.texasmostly.org. The posting is titled, appropriately enough, "Bad Doctors & Bitchy Nurses."

Anonymous said...

Read here how we hate female nurses because they are
all perverts.....www.patient privacy.blogspot and from
there go to Dr Bernsteins modesty blogs. We really hate
female nurses on that site.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I am absolutely amazed. Unfortunately, currently I work in the medical field while I Developing a Financial Firm, and as someone with a business background a multiple degrees who has worked with an extraordinary amount of people from various backgrounds I cannot attest enough to the accuracy of this exemplary description. Unlike many of you I am not a dr or an rn, just a lowly clerk. Through this position in a 1000+ bed hospital working over 60 units I have seen many things. Apologies for the way the new docs get treated but when you have to ask how to use a fax machine even a 150k education comes into question. Now, back to the real point, how miserable, despicable, and self centered nurses are. It's unfortunate that those are three of probably 53 adjectives (conservatively) which i could use to describe nurses. the worst part about them is that they are one of maybe 4 professions who KNEW EXACTLY what they were going to be doing after school. I mean talk about the epitome of woebegone, who gets their dream job that they went to school for and then is miserable doing it after 2 years. however, the biggest problem I have with the profession is the fact that it's draped in mediocrity. you chose an average job that anyone can perform, which pays you a pretty solid salary for the amount of work you actually do, not what you think you do, what you actually do (I'm sorry I've watched thousands of you work, and there is a big difference, socializing is not working). Should we talk about your schedule? the fact that many of you work 12hrs days and that is so hard? what about the fact that after you do three of them you typically have 4-6 days off. That kicks ass in anyone with a normal work ethics book. Granted you do work some holidays, I'll give you that but you're such miserable bitches that I'm sure your family needs a break from you. So, again I know this is tough for you to see since you're a nurse but, everything is not always about you and how the world is fucking you. Even if it is. I'm sorry but that's the way it goes, just relax a little it wont be as painful. I could go on and on but I'll let someone else have a turn

Anonymous said...

I've been a nurse for several years. You could say I am one of the few nice ones. I found that most nurses I worked with are arrogant, yet have really low self-esteem. They were usually fat or ugly and hate anyone who looked better than them. Outside of nursing I found that people in other professions caring and kind. They went to work and did not have to deal with the lateral violence as much as it is found in nursing. Most nurses are liars who are trained to cover their butts and shift blame on others. I have heard certain nurses say that they wished a cancer patient would hurry up and die after leaving the patients room where they pretended to care in front of the patient. I have seen nurses ignore patients in pain or left patients in isolation rooms in their feces to the point that the patient had a huge hole in the coccyx and developed blood disease and died. I advocated for the patients and was ridiculed and bullied for it. I got into nursing to help heal people and found myself in a war zone in which the characters are able to be very deceptive yet appear caring to outsiders. I wish I never became a nurse. I found it to be a horrible profession. I have always tried to help my fellow nurses and have respect for everyone, even the cleaners and orderlies. We are all important in the healthcare system and I feel ashamed when I see other nurses being abusive. I feel ashamed to be a nurse sometimes. We learn psychology and ethics yet it is being used to manipulate and hurt each other and people close to us. Nursing is stressful enough why can't we help each other instead of tearing each other down. There are good nurses but we are often over looked because the bad ones are louder. As for the residents I go out of my way to help them. I have seen nurse mess with them and try to make them feel stupid. I have also noticed some nurses try to pick up doctors. One nurse use to page a resident continuously claiming an issue with a patient. When the resident would come to the floor the nurses are laughing and tried to go to coffee with the resident. When the doctor refused she called him a douce bag in front of everyone as they laughed. She paged him again and he did not respond. She then called the senior doctor at home who was following this resident to complain that she tried to call the resident first but he never answers his page. She and some of the other nurses targeted that resident through his rotation. I reported the incident. After that the residents became very cold and all about business. The word does get around with potential new residents before they even get to the units. They appeared arrogant at times. I believe it's how they protect themselves because they are new. They have to make a name for themselves and can't allow deceitful and malicious nurses accusing them of any misconduct as there is a level of power in a way that if they are accused of anything even if it's false can start an investigation. We really need to do better than this. We need to respect ourselves and the position that we are in and use it for good not evil. Yes, we were all students and new grads before and need to nurture them to be the best they can be, because when we retire they will be the ones taking care of us. You reap what you sow!

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old blog, but I'm so interested in this topic. I am a nurse on a surgical floor at a well-known academic medical center. I never wanted to be a nurse, and longed to be a physician growing up but didn't think I was smart enough (thanks to being told I was stupid constantly as a child). I talked myself into nursing and have regretted it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ever since. At first I liked my job but I am BEYOND jaded and burned out now. The residents (and some attendings) are condescending and rude, your fellow nurses bit your head off for the DUMBEST shit and almost NEVER give you the same courtesy as you give when you leave a patient for them (for example, you leave your pt nice and tucked in, pain free, with ample dressing supplies in the room and you come back in 12 hours and it's a freaking mess), ancillary staff can be lazy and inept, patients treat you like a waitress, and families ride your ass. While I am grateful for having a job, I can't think of a worse profession. I broke down and cried the other day thinking "Why the f*@% did I want to do this with my life????" I will actively talk anyone wanting to go to nursing school out of it (though I think I will stop - who am I to kill someone else's "dream?) I'm just so sick of the eternal "dick-measuring contest" between doctors and nurses, floor nurses vs. ICU nurses etc, etc, etc. I'm so frustrated that we cant all get along and work TOGETHER. The bullshit that they feed you in nursing school as you being part of a "team" is total crap. There is a hierarchy and always will be (and nursing will always be at the bottom - even lower than med students). However, I A.L.W.A.Y.S smile to new residents and show them where stuff is no matter how busy I am because I don't want them to hate nurses (even though I hate it myself) and think of us all the same way - as lazy bitches. Some of us aren't........and the attitude that ALL nurses are lazy bitches is *SO* disheartening for those of us that aren't vapid, incompetent, sloths or golddiggers looking for a husband.

Anonymous said...

I've had the hardest time with nurses.

Anonymous said...

I read your notes re: nurses and I couldn't agree more. I am a nurse and those nurses who treat you badly, also treat us very badly. I've been an RN for 32 years and I think the incivility among us has worsened. I've been verbally abused by both older RNs and many younger nurses. I also find conversation with these people to be mediocre and crude at best. I enjoy the med students and residents, they are mostly polite, hard working and caring people. I witnessed an RN verbally abuse a resident doctor one night bringing her to tears. I reported this nurse. I recently spoke to some physicians who commented on the unprofessionalism of nurses today and I couldn't have agreed more. Just please don't paint all of us with the same brush - some of us really enjoy working with you and are well aware that we are all deserving of being treated with respect and dignity.

Anonymous said...

I have painted all of you with the same brush because
that is how ALL of you really are. EVIL

Anonymous said...

Roxy,

The sheer volume of this blog alone goes to show there are countless if not nearly everyone in the health care field and not just nurses want to vent about how wrongly nurses treat people and co-workers. I too am a nurse and the kind, wise, nurses I've encountered are outnumbered by the outright female sociopaths who found a career they could get away with being a sociopath in.

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