What Nurses Wish Doctors Knew: A Cross-Perspective Discussion

Debra Riley


Welcome to this discussion on the cross-perspective dialogue between nurses and doctors. In this conversation, we aim to explore what each of these groups wishes the other knew to understand better each other’s experiences, struggles, and expectations.

We’ll look at what makes the work of a nurse and what makes the job of a doctor difficult.

Finally, by understanding both perspectives, we hope to create an open dialogue leading to even deeper collaboration between the two medical professions.

doctors and nurses

The Nurse’s Perspective

As a nurse, you may experience several daily challenges. The job can often be complex and exhausting, from long hours to demanding patients. You are expected to handle multiple tasks efficiently, precisely, and compassionately.

Heavy workloads and tight deadlines make it easy to feel overwhelmed and underappreciated.

But with the proper support from your colleagues, you can persevere and succeed in providing quality care.

The Daily Struggles Faced by Nurses

As a nurse, you face many daily struggles. From navigating complex medical systems to finding new ways to provide patient support and comfort, your job requires precision and focus. It also requires effective communication with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and administrators.

Working long hours, often in stressful environments, can affect nurses’ emotional well-being. Despite these obstacles, nurses persevere and remain focused on providing quality care to the community.

Add to that, nurses often have to manage multiple patients at once and prioritize their needs. This can be a challenge due to the fact that each patient may require different levels of care and attention.

Plus, as new treatments and technologies are developed, nurses must stay up to date on the latest practices in order to remain acutely aware of how best to care for their patients. Finally, all of these daily struggles can take their toll on a nurse’s physical health over time if they do not take the necessary steps to ensure proper self-care and rest.

The Doctor’s Perspective

As a collaborating doctor, you understand that there are challenges associated with the job that must be faced daily. From navigating complex medical cases to communicating effectively with patients and their families, these experiences compound to form a test of your capability as a doctor.

It’s essential to recognize how your experiences may differ from those of nurses, who have unique duties shaped by their difficulties.

Collaborating with a nurse can give you a deeper understanding of their role in healthcare and how it varies with yours.

nurses and doctors together

The Daily Struggles Faced by Doctors

Doctors face various challenges daily, from long hours and dealing with bureaucracy to providing medical care in the face of limited resources. As a doctor, it is necessary to make difficult decisions that have hard impacts on patients and their families.

It can also be tough to balance efficiency with patient advocacy, ensuring that everyone gets the care they need in an economically sustainable way.

Doctors are often at the front lines of difficult conversations with patients and their families about terminal illness or end-of-life care. This can be an emotionally draining experience for all involved.

Doctors must also deal with the emotional stress of seeing people suffer from serious medical conditions and not being able to do anything to help them.

Doctors also have to face the reality of medical malpractice. Despite their best efforts, mistakes can occur. Although doctors are ethically and legally bound to provide the highest standard of care for their patients, they may still find themselves facing difficult legal consequences if a patient file is incomplete or an incorrect diagnosis is made.

This can be extremely stressful and disheartening for a doctor who has dedicated their life to helping others.

2 nurses and a doctor talking


As a nurse and a doctor, you both face the same goal: to help those needing your expertise. Despite the struggles you may experience day to day, it is essential to remember that you are on the same team, working together to care for patients. The best way to understand each other’s perspectives is through direct communication and collaboration.

Listen to each other, ask questions, and work together to develop solutions that make patient care more efficient and effective. By understanding each other better and working together, you can take positive steps toward improving the overall health of your community.