Complain about other doctors.
"Your complaints about your prior doctor will not endear you to us. The more you say, the less we want to deal with you."
âAllen Roberts, MD, an emergency room doctor
"If I canât reach your doctor and/or insurance company to approve a refill, thereâs nothing I can do about it. Itâs frustrating, but Iâd be breaking the law in some states if I gave it to you."
âDaniel Zlott, a pharmacist at the National Institutes of Health
Harass us when we're out of the office.
"Donât ask me medical questions about your child when you see me at the grocery store, pool, or library. When Iâm out with my kids, I just want to be a mom."
Ask too many questions.
"When one extremely hostile relative bombarded me every time I walked in, I developed a tendency not to go in the room. If you have three pages full of questions, show them to the nurse. Say âHow many of these should I wait to ask the doctor about? How many can you help me with?ââ
âGeneral surgeon who blogs under the name Skeptical Scalpel
Condescend to a nurse.
"The No. 1 thing you should never say to me: 'You're too smart to be a nurse.' I went to nursing school because I wanted to be a nurse, not because I wanted to be a doctor and didn't make it."
âA longtime nurse in Texas
Eat stinky foods before an appointment.
"Donât eat a heavy garlic lunch before coming to see us. Weâd appreciate that."
âJennifer Jablow, DDS
Pretend to be clueless.
"Don't ask if I'll take a 'quick look' at the sibling who doesn't have an appointment. If your mom went with you to the gynecologist, would you ever say, 'Doc, would you mind putting her on the table and giving her a quick look?' Every patient deserves a full evaluation."
"If you're happily texting and laughing with your friends until the second you spot me walking into your room, I'm not going to believe that your pain is a ten out of ten."
âA nurse in New York City
Not clean up before your visit.
"Please wash your feet before you come see me. And change your socksâI can tell if you've worn the same ones for three days."
Blab on your cell.
"It makes me crazy when visitors wander around talking on their cell phones. Youâre being annoying.â¨"
âJoan Somes, RN, an emergency room nurse
"It drives me crazy when parents call from the emergency room because their kid got a scratch on his face. Itâs not going to look any different if I sew it up instead of the ER doctor; itâs probably just going to cost you a lot more money. Unless the injury is severe, you donât need a plastic surgeon for every cut and scrape."
âA plastic surgeon