Gender in the Endo Bay: Do Female Nurses Respect Female Docs?
I really try hard to engage my nurses in the care of our mutual patient and to treat my nurses as the valuable colleagues they are. I interact. “How was your weekend?” "How are you doing?" "What do you think of (such and such)?" I get responses. Communication goes well.
And yet when Dr. Man steps up to the nursing station, the nurse-doctor dynamic shifts and I revert to a wallflower at the high-school sock hop.
Is it a pheromone thing? Is there nothing that I can do to offset the different way that female physicians, specifically Moi, are treated by staff? Do we need to bond over pedicures, which I loathe?