When Doctors and Nurses Annoy Each Other: Part II

Brittany and Kylie join us again today to discuss how oncology doctors and nurses sometimes annoy each other, We discuss how doctors and nurses teaching and working styles vary, how they approach a patient case differently, and how these differences in patient care approaches can sometimes lead to tension in the workplace. We discuss the balancing act between providing quantity of life and quality of life for our patients and why it’s critical for oncology doctors and nurses to stay focused on providing both. We discuss why nurses often feel like they’re the ‘middle man’ between doctors, patients, and other clinic departments and how that can often lead to heightened frustration. We also discuss how doctors and nurses work together to achieve the same goal – despite the different styles they use to achieve it – and the challenges associated with getting caught in a patient’s ‘emotional crossfire.’

Kylie Thews is an RN and OCN at Green Bay Oncology’s Infusion department. For nearly 5 years, she has helped patients receiving cancer treatment and care. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rasmussen College. After graduating and following her work at Gilda’s Club, Kylie quickly realized she wanted to work at a facility where she could be hands-on in helping and treating cancer patients. Her unwavering passion and dedication led her to become the recipient of the 2019 Green Bay Oncology Karen Klarkowski Education Award.

Brittany Cook has spent her life helping others. From the young age of 14, Brittany delivered her niece on her bathroom floor while speaking with 911 operators. From that moment, Brittany knew her dream career was to help others. That’s when she decided to become a nurse. After receiving her Associate’s degree in Nursing from Northeast Wisconsin Technical School, Brittany began working as a Critical Care Nurse at various hospitals until she decided to focus her career on helping cancer patients. Today, Brittany serves as Green Bay Oncology’s Care Manager, ensuring patients receive the best care possible.

“Quantity of life is important, but we also want to make sure that in that quantity, we’re providing good quality of life.”
– Brittany Cook

This week on Cancer Covered:

  • How doctors and nurses approach a patient case differently
  • What we believe often causes tension between doctors and nurses
  • Balancing quantity and quality of life
  • Why do nurses often feel like the ‘middle man’ between doctors, other departments, and the patients
  • How doctors and nurses work as a team, despite focusing on different aspects of a patient’s care
  • Determining which ‘hills’ are important to focus on in a patient’s care plan
  • Getting caught in the emotional crossfire
  • Understanding ‘Sophmore Syndrome”

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