Thursday, March 29, 2007

Surgical Rounds

I had a run-in with a surgeon at work recently that left me a little steamed. In a nutshell, I set equipment up for some sutures and didn’t do it exactly the way he wanted it done. Rather than just grab me and point it out, he went straight to my charge nurse, who told me. I made the change immediately, (as I had been standing there the whole time anyway) and he started the procedure. All of this was done before he even touched the patient. When he was done he went to the ER doc and demanded an incident report since the tray was not set up to his specifications. The charge nurse, trying to keep a straight face, wrote it up and I then had to defend myself to management. Luckily, this was not difficult.

I’m completely over it by now, but it really stressed me out at the time. I’m new to this job and don’t want to make waves. This happened on the last day before several days off, so I had a lot of time to obsess about it. My boss was horrified that I had gotten myself so worked up over something like this, but that’s the kind of gal I am. I put the “A” in anal. And since my old job in a surgical intensive care unit obviously surrounded me with…surgeons, I knew that this could have gotten ugly. Happily for me it didn’t.

I don’t want to pick on just one type of doctor, but everyone knows that surgeons are at the top of the high-maintenance pile. Everyone who works in a hospital, goes to a hospital or watches a television show set in a hospital knows it. Really, all you have to do is drive by a hospital to see that all the Hummers are parked outside of the OR. This is not just my opinion, either…

Q) How many doctors does it take to change a light bulb?

A) Three. One to write the order, one to do the consult and one to watch the nurse do it.

Q) How many surgeons does it take to change a light bulb?

A) One. They just hold the bulb and the whole world revolves around them.

See what I mean?

But, like I’ve said, I’m over it. I’m not the type to hold a grudge anyway. Especially against someone in a useful field like cosmetic plastic surgery. Now a trauma surgeon or a cardiac surgeon or even an all-around general surgeon – those people are indispensable, no argument from me. But plastics??

Q) How does a surgeon commit suicide?

A) They climb to the top of their ego and jump off.

Anyway, like I’ve said, I’m over it. I feel much better now. On the (mercifully) few occasions I see this guy at work I just remind myself of this well known medical fact…

The only difference between god and a surgeon is that god doesn’t think he’s a surgeon.

It's a really good thing I’m over it.


Monkey In the Middle said...

You know, they never change. I remember working with this one surgeon who thought he was God's gift to the ER staff -- wait, they're all like that-- anyway, he found fault in everything anyone did. I wonder who peed in his cornflakes???

My name is Julie said...

I can think of a few volunteers, can't you??

Happy in the Abyss said...

But, you're over it. Good for you!

pursegirl said...

Thank surgeon you are over it.