The SFC in scrubs was my Surgery instructor. I think he was the most professional instructor I have ever had, extremely knowledgeable. He even wrote me a great recommendation to get into a pre-med program in at Western Carolina.
Every 18D I have ever seen has been exemplary in technical and people skills. It is the SA factor at play, patients were very complimentary about the 18D's. The civilian providers were also impressed. The providers that found any fault were generally weak in their own abilities. While seldom mentioned outside of formal medical education, there are three "A's" a doc should have. They are: Availability, Affordability, and Affability. Keep that in mind, and you will go far in your practice, IMHO.
Army Nurses hated us in the ER... we were allowed to cut, sew and prescribe they weren't... the Docs usually would say "what did you do, how many sutures, what did you give them as they were signing the chart..."
I never got in a pissing contest with a nurse, not good for the career or rep... I'd let the docs or Charge nurse take care of it - I was a working guest in their Clinic/ER.