So today I had a rather poor experience with one of the ER nurses. I grabbed a patient's chart from the rack, headed into their room, and had started my history, when the new nurse coming on shift decided that was the best time to perform an assessment on that patient. Nevermind the fact that she had three other patients to see, and could certainly have waited on mine. So, in the middle of my history, this nurse comes in and starts rattling off unrelated questions, listening to the patient's heart and lungs, telling the patient to be quiet right after I asked a question, generally making a nuisance of herself. I finally had to leave, as it was impossible to continue the exam with the nurse in the way.
Now I will grant that I am only a medical student, but in 66 days I will be the doc, and I'm going to ask such interfering persons to kindly permit me to finish my exam before they get in the way. I'm not trying to be mean, we both have jobs to do, but since neither of them are emergencies, is it too much to ask that the nurse wait to perform her assessment until after I've finished with mine? I think not.
On the plus side, I had the opportunity to teach one of the techs a few things today as well. A patient of mine needed an EKG, and as I was in the room reevaluating her when the tech came in, I stayed to see the EKG when it was done. As it turned out, the tech had only done three EKGs before, and so I answered her questions on how to set up the leads, and then showed her some basics of reading the results as they were printed. I realized (again) that I love teaching, and I hope to make that a huge part of my practice in the future.