Well, first of all, from my experience so far, 98 percent of surgeons and OBGYNs have serious personality disorders. I can think an exception in each case and it almost seems like both of these guys know what dick heads their cohorts are and are trying to make up for it or break the stereotype, because they are both incredibly nice all the time. Our Neurologists and Cardiologists are odd but nice enough. Anyone I've ever dealt with in geriatrics I'm pretty sure are not real doctors. Internal medicine doctors are fine when you can understand what the hell they're saying and they aren't fussy and in need of a nap.
Now to ER doctors. I count myself pretty lucky where I work. With the exception of one who I rarely see, who I'm pretty sure has a steel rod in his ass at all times, everyone is at least tolerable. Most of them I genuinely like. Most are blunt as hell to the point of sometimes being rude, but so am I as are most ER nurses so I'm completely cool with that. My only complaint? I'm pretty sure that if you studied the average ER physicians conversations that "actually" would be the most commonly used word in almost all cases. This especially applies now that we've started using this who SBAR format where we're supposed to be making suggestions. Any suggestion, no matter how reasonable, is often followed by "Well, acttuuuallly" and then a ten minute explanation about how the latest research indicates that most nurses are similar in intelligence to chimpanzees and suggesting Aspirin for chest pain is the leading cause of death among ER patients or some shit. When I renewed my ACLS the other day they actually go into how to communicate effectively in a code, except most of the information the instructor talked about in that unit was pretty much how to suggest the physician follow ACLS algorithms in a way that makes the physician think it's their own idea. It mostly just makes me laugh now, but we have a few people that are such frequent offenders that I just want to beat them over the head with the patient's chart.
So, fellow nurses, is this a common phenomenon, or is it just where I work? What kind of foolishness do the doctors in your field pull? Doctors, do you find yourself saying "actually" a lot, or am I judging you too harshly?