The Good Doctor

What a nightmare.. My credibility as a nurse was once questioned..

A doctor exclaimed with a loud voice “NURSE ka ba talaga?”. Nagpantig ang mga tenga ko sa aking narinig, nanlalamig, nangingilid ang luha, nanginginig ngunit patuloy ko pa ring pinakitang “KAYA ko to”.


OO, minsan ko ng naranasan ang masigawan at ang malala pa ay “mamura” ng isang manggagamot. Bago pa lang ako noong mga panahong iyon. Isang VIP patient ang natoka sa akin. Matindi ang sakit na nararamdaman with a pain scale of 9/10. Ibig sabihin, di kayang maibsan ng kung anong paraan kundi gamot na DAPAT ay i-order ng doctor.
At first, he responded and  then the medication was administered, somehow the pain was relieved but only for few hours. At nagsimula ulit.. mas matindi, mas masakit. It’s ironic na na male yung patient pero mababa ang pain threshold niya. The doctor who was assigned with that patient was not around that time so we tried to contact him again but received no reply. I referred the patient to another physician, but he insisted to contact the admitting doctor. We tried again and still got no reply.
As a VIP, they demanded for a doctor to look at the patient ASAP. And the priority now is to alleviate the pain, severe pain. Another doctor then arrived (not the above mentioned) and he’s a good one. I then asked for his help, his opinion regarding the patient’s  condition (kilala din siya ng relatives dahil sila mismo humingi ng tulong). He asked for the patient’s laboratory results, and tada! he got a new diagnosis different from the admitting diagnosis. So the relatives asked him,
“Doc, ano po ba dapat nating gawin?”,
“The patient needs stat operation”, he answered.
Since the admitting physician was not responding, the relatives decided to transfer the patient to another facility. The good doctor coordinated with the other hospital and at once accepted. Consent was then signed for transfer. Everything was prepared, the patient was already at the ground floor when the admitting doctor arrived. Kitang kita sa mga mata ang galit, but the relatives already decided to leave our hospital. And they finally left.

He was angry, he yelled at me with undesirable words. I felt so ashamed for some patient’s watchers heard every word he hurled towards me. I tried to explain my side but he continuously acted as if he’s the victim, and I was the criminal. He was not satisfied, he even ranted with the good doctor. He called us unprofessional.

May point din naman siya because he was the admitting physician kaya dapat siya ang i-consult. Ang tanong: Where was HE when the patient needed him the most? Nowhere to be found …

Anyway, we just heard that when the patient was transferred, stat OR was done. Yipee! The good doctor was right. The patient recuperated and thanked us afterwards. So what’s with the scolding and yelling if in return, the “ patient’s life was saved”.


What a disaster. Tagal ko ding nakarecover. Salamat sa mga taong sa aki’y sumuporta, salamat din sa taong sa aki’y dumusta.

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  • ann

    na-experience ko rin na ma-bodyak ng consultant from other hospital sya na dapat daw alam ko ang buong diagnosis ng patiente ko by full heart..hello sa sobrang dami ng patiente sa isang ward sana kayanin ng utak ko yun…

  • u did the right thing…u did not stop until u found somebody to respond to the needs of your patient..since the attending did not respond….it’s not okey not to respond to the docto’rs yelling but at the right place…which is to file a complaint against that doctor….here at my workplace, when u know u are right, you can file a complaint against any person including the physicians…hope all workplace are like mine…nurses should also speak up not just keep their mouth shut when doctor’s start yelling, insulting or try to ridicule you….we are colleagues, professionals and part of the health care team……if there are no nurses…subukan kayang mag offer ng bedpan ng dr. sa pt…o kaya do the “dirty” jobs, magpunas sa wet-pu ng mga pasyente….. think about it!

    • timgurl

      you are absolutely right..
      sometimes sana isip ng ibang manggagamot na ilagay ang sarili nila sa sitwasyon natin. sila utos lang ng utos, tayo we have to analyze things first bago magcarry-out..
      tayo din ang laging kasama ng patient hindi sila..tsk..

  • jose

    paano pa kaya mga colleagues nating nangibang bansa sa Middle East.. kung mabulyawan at mapahiya ng mga Arabs especially Egyptians.. mga nagpapakitang gilas sa mga Western na pasyente.

    malaki kasi ang makukuhang pabor ng mga doctor sa mga ViP patients.

  • timgurl

    i’ve read all the comments..thanx po..
    and yes agree po dun sa nag-comment (Drygen) na kung sana lahat ng hosp sa Pinas eh supportado ang mga nurses nakaka-inspire mag work, pero reality check mostly pag meron ng something na nangyari ung higher positions na in-expect mong magtanggol sayo are the ones washing their own hands..tsk..

  • timgurl

    anyway gumawa po ako ng incident report about dun and i just waited for whatever action na dapat nilang gawin yet wala din nangyari..=(

  • May pananagutan sa batas ang sinuman na maaakusahan ng mis-conduct and being unprofessional. Hindi porket doctor ka ay may karapatan kang bastusin ang iba mong kasamahan sa trabaho. Ang pagiging doctor ay isang obligasyon at hindi isang kapangyarihan. Walang dapat katakutan ang sinumang biktima ng pagmamalupit na ganito ang ihabla ang mga abusadong doctor. At the end of the day eh dapat din sila disiplinahin at isiksik sa utak nila ang code of ethics.

    • timgurl

      the bad doctor was not reprimanded…
      pero at least alam ng mga tao sa hosp bout his real character,
      dami rin nag-mock sa kanya…Kahihiyan niya kaya yun..

  • Reyann red

    Dapat sinagot mo yung doctor lalo na kung ginawa mo lahat na hanapin sya. Although hindi advisable na bumaba ka sa level nya pwede mo sagutin in a firm at competent manner at yah mag ir ka, di naman magkaka aksyun pero pag naulit yun may recird na sya at me posibilidad na ma repremand na sya dahil may record na sya na wala sa area nya.

    • timgurl

      yup, detailed talaga ung IR ko.
      with time pa and ung exact bad words na sinabi niya..
      nag-explain din ako sa kanya pero xempre EGO niya ung tinamaan kaya ganun siya nag-react..

  • feeling ng ibang manggagamot dios cla eee tao din cla nagkakamali at dapat matuto ng respeto sa mga nurses

    • timgurl

      tamah!