Anne, in a comment on the post below, linked to a blog I hadn't seen before. It's written by a guy who calls himself "Switchblade Doctor" and contains some frankly misogynist and anti-nurse crap.
Anne wanted to know if that attitude is common among doctors.
It's not. Not by a long shot.
I probably work with at least one real jerk; the kind of guy I would cross the street if I saw him coming. I probably work with at least one doctor who believes nurses/advanced practice clinicians/doulas/midwives are full of shit. I probably work with at least one misogynist.
The point is that I don't know it. The doctors I work with are acutely aware, as are the rest of the people in the hospital, that we are part of a healthcare team. Ain't nothin' gonna get done on time or done well unless everybody puts their personal egos and soapboxes by the wayside and busts ass.
I don't much want to go in to what SBD wrote on his blog: I don't much care. That sort of thing provokes a handwave and a bored "wev" from me. Everybody's allowed to vent, rage, be an asshole, or even make up an entirely new identity in order to get frustrations out. (How, exactly, do you know *I'm* not a sixty-five-year-old guy in overalls?) The issue for me is how this guy acts at work: if he's a jerk to me in the work environment, I feel perfectly at home using both official and unofficial tactics to get him not to be.
Work is work. Blog is blog. As long as you're professional and courteous and we treat each other with respect, I'm not real concerned with what political or social views you espouse. And, thankfully, the men and women I work with are smart enough and self-aware enough to understand that, regardless of their feelings toward "Nursing" or "Nurses" as a whole, they gotta work with *this* nurse, and work well with her.
We all get along pretty well. We know each other well enough by now to point out errors or missteps without anybody getting a bent nose, and there are several docs and other nurses I count on to curb my asshole tendencies. (Mostly by saying, "Jo, don't be an asshole.") Everybody is there to do a job; nobody's there to prostelytize or convert or ruminate.
So, Anne, don't be afraid. Besides, if you *do* run into somebody who's actively anti-nurse, remember: you will know where all the really big catheters are.