I know that’s probably unfair to say. I’ll allow that it’s even possible that it might not be true of all surgeons. Heck, I’ll even accept that there might be dozens of surgeons out there who don’t suck. It’s possible that some of you reading this may even know or be related to a surgeon, and to you I apologize. It’s just that I keep waiting for a surgeon to not live up to the negative stereotype that I always see them portrayed as and I keep being disappointed. You know the one: incredibly skilled but completely unable to talk to people who are not surgeons, and flexing through life with a disregard for human emotion that one can almost taste seeping from their every pore.
But there’s this: when you have a 12-year-old girl with a hose coming out of her chest that has been in there for four days longer than it should have been and your team is not completely blameless for that being the case, then you damn well owe it to that girl to let her know what’s going on when you say you will. When you come in to her room an hour after the 4:00pm x-ray that you ordered has been done and don’t even know it’s been done, and then you tell her and her parents that your team is going to review it and let them know what the result is, then you should call them and tell them. DO NOT make them wait nearly six hours until they finally break down and ask a nurse to call and find out what’s going on. AND THEN DO NOT have the only information the nurse is able to get be “the tube stays in tonight…we do another x-ray in the morning.”
Better yet, DON’T DO THIS EVERY SINGLE DAY OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER. That makes you the kind of person who sucks. And that is why the character that you are portrayed as on television is a complete dick who nobody likes and who is always lonely.
I really mean it when I say that I hope the surgeons don’t come by Phenon’s room before I get back to the hospital in the morning. Though they usually are the first team to come around, typically around 6am. I suspect that they do their rounds so early because they are hoping that the insects that they are visiting are still asleep so they won’t have to answer questions about things that nobody but them could possible be capable of understanding.
So yeah, surgeons suck.
RNs now, on the other hand…don’t get me started on how awesome Nurses are. We’ll save that post for another day.
I know this is overly harsh, but Julie is already asleep and not available to read this before I post it, so here I go…