Confessions of a Nurse


Last week "20/20? brought you true confessions from waiters, salesmen, a porn star and more…but do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at hospitals and medical offices? Here are three confessions from nurse-turned-author, Theresa Brown:

1. You may be surprised at what nurses call annoying doctors: "The night shift had a practice of picking out the Captain Douche bag of the month," Brown said.

2. Here's one way to get back at a downright mean doctor on the night shift: "When on call instead of leaving your number for a doctor to page you, we would leave the number of Pizza Hut or Jo's Bar or even a sexually transmitted disease clinic."

3. Nurses will not come right out and say your doctor is incompetent but if a nurse say's "You have the right to a second opinion," that can be code for "I don't like your doctor" or "I don't trust your doctor," according to Brown.

To get more revealing confessions from the world of medicine, read "Critical Care" by Theresa Brown and "Confessions of a Surgeon" by Dr Paul Ruggieri.

See more confessions on the latest full episode of "20/20."

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