Hi everyone just need to vent and maybe some advice would be great
Please don't quote as I will delete after.
I'm studying nursing. .I'm in my 2nd year and am currently on placement.
I am in a specialty dept at a hospital.
Today one of the nurses I'm working with suggested I sit in with the doctor as there wasn't too much for us to do (he's actually one of the best specialists in this dept in Australia.
So I do with the drs permission.
So with in minutes of me sitting in with the doctor he asks me questions. .. (of course that's expected)
He asked me about a new medication which I'd never heard of.... I say I'm not sure as I hadn't heard about it
he then yells.
'You don't know anything.... you don't know a single f***ing medication... you're going to kill people you should be ashamed of yourself"'
I said I do know medications but I'm not familiar with this specialty as we haven't done anything on it at uni
Patient comes in... He asks me a similar question. .. I trying to answer the question
'You don't know... so don't pretend like you do... you don't know a f***ing thing....w*f do they teach you?"
He then starts asking me questions by using Latin riddles ..
I have no Idea so I say
I'm not sure what you mean
then in front of the patient he says
'Your not Australian your eastern European (i have an accent) you don't know a thing you have been living under a rock your whole life.
As well as many other things of similar nature
And these were shout at me in front of patients.
I actually feel extremely upset and I'm wondering if I should say something to my facilitator or just leave it be.
Anyone experienced something similar? I still have a week left at the venue and I feel quite unsure about my knowledge and abilities and confidence. Should I just toughen up.
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10-10-2014 17:29 #1Junior Member
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bullying at uni placement? ?
10-10-2014 17:35 #2
I'm really sorry about this. I personally haven't experienced this but have many nurse friends who say most DR's are wankers. From what I hear it's an unfortunate downside to the job
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10-10-2014 17:38 #3
This is totally inappropriate. I would report this to your educator/facilitator in a professional manner.
10-10-2014 17:44 #4Senior Member
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You absolutely need to report this. I am so sorry you had to endure that today. If you don't report it this doctor will continue to treat students like this, and it's not okay.
I have had a nurse yell at me in front of a room of medical staff and I told my educator and she went on a witch hunt to find out who it was and ensure it never happened again. It was really hard to tell her, and I ended up in tears through the whole thing but I am so glad I told her so it could be dealt with.
10-10-2014 17:54 #5Member
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For your whole nursing career you must promise yourself that you will never make let another person make you feel worthless or that you know nothing regardless of the bullies pay grade. The people that do this have their own insecurities that have nothing to do with you. Yes you should vspeak to your facilitator even if I its to debrief and get your confidence back. You're a student you're not supposed to know everything yet. Please don't waste one more minute thinking about this doctor because he is not worth the aggravation.
10-10-2014 17:56 #6Senior Member
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Yes, report this to your placement supervisor but write down everything that happened factually using times and dates and when you can, put it onto a stat dec and get it signed. You don't have to do anything with this, it's if you it in the future. It's even better if you double it up with an incident report.
Continue to document anything. If this doctor continues to harass you and causes you trouble in the future (you just don't know where you can run into them) you have ammunition.
Chances are that he already had a heap of complaints against him as he is obviously a racist.
10-10-2014 17:57 #7
Yes, I have experienced similar. Bullying is rife in the nursing profession. The sad reality is that you need to grow a thick skin now or seek an alternative career.
The worse thing I found as a student is that you have no one to turn to. You are very isolated when it comes to such incidents. Teaching staff won't step in because they don't want to tarnish the relationship with hospital and potentially void the possibility of future placements occurring. The nursing staff/hospital staff don't care because you are just a student, you will only be there for a relatively short period of time and then will no longer be a problem.
It's awful what goes on and the extent to which it goes on. Personally I couldn't hack it. It drove me to a depressive state and I had to drop out.
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10-10-2014 18:51 #8
That's disgraceful treatment and I really feel for you You're a student and you're not supposed to know everything yet. I've no experience from the nurses side but I've been a patient often enough. I remember after one operation I mentioned to the nurses how nice the specialist was and they agreed. One nurse said "most of them think they're God but this one really is nice" . I'm planning to study nursing next year so I'm fully expecting to meet lots of xarsehole doctors and I'm working on my thick skin as we speak. Try not to let it get to you but at the same time you have every right to stand up for yourself
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10-10-2014 19:01 #9
I just told my husband ( a doctor) this and he was shocked and angry that a these people give them all such a bad name.
OP I'm really sorry you have been treated this way.
It is not normal nor should it be accepted that any professional speak to a colleague in this way.
I would defiantly let a facilitator know and maybe in the future politely decline an offer to spend time with this horrible man.
10-10-2014 19:18 #10-
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Wtf... That is totally not acceptable..
Tell your facilitator. If it were me I would tell the Doctors boss too but that's your call.
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