Posted by isntshelovlei on September 17, 2010
Yet again we have more doctors voicing their “concerns” about the apparently very intimidating “Doctor Nurses” (*enter scary music*). Le sigh. I plan to eventually pursue my DNP. Do I plan to have my patients address me as “Dr. IsntSheLovlei?”—absolutely not. I am however, likely to display my shiny new credentials on my letterhead, my lab coat that I’ll sling over the back of my chair (as if I would ever really wear one of those things), or perhaps even on a paperweight on my desk.
I honestly think some our doctor-friends are hiding behind this whole “you’re going to confuse the patients” excuse as to why they are so against nurses with doctorates. What is the problem really? Afraid of a little friendly competition? Think an increasing number of patients will be drawn (if they are not already) to the more holistic model of care that nurses provide? But it’s not like we’ll be taking food out of your mouths—there’s actually a shortage of primary care physicians. Advanced practice nurses are willing and more than capable of helping to fill that void. As far as confusing the patients—I think that patients are less concerned with the alphabet soup behind your name and more so with the excellent (or not so excellent) care that you provide. JMHO.
Check out our discussion of this topic and more on the latest episode of Insights in Nursing with Cora Vizcarra from the Infusion Nurse Blog, host Jamie Davis also of the Nursing Show and MedicCast, and of course—yours truly.
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Posted by isntshelovlei on September 10, 2010
Has the whole autism-vaccine controversy finally been put to rest? With the internet and so much bad information (and bad publicity by pearly-teethed former Playboy playmates) so readily accessible to people nowadays, will fears now begin to subside?
Colorado, will now not only be known for its rocky mountains, but for their rocky viewpoint as well (though I guess everyone’s entitled to their opinions…). Apparently, a group of anesthesiologists in Colorado have their panties all in a twist at the thought of nurses, not doctors, making “life-and-death medical decisions” for patients (the gall!!). I’m not even a nurse yet, and I was personally offended. Can’t we all just get along?… Le sigh.
And last, an Australian nursing school unveiled an awesome “Women Who Shaped Nursing” display for History Week. Truly a beautiful thing. I’m all about honoring those that paved the way. But what about our male nurses? What about the men who helped pave the way for the military to allow male nurses in the service? James Derham, who worked as a nurse to buy his freedom? Most people don’t even know that Walt Whitman was a nurse—only that he was a writer and poet. There are many men in the history of nursing—but few people know anything about them because we only talk about the women in nursing. Check out our discussion of these topics and more on the latest episode of Insights in Nursing with Kim from the Emergiblog, host and jack of all trades Jamie Davis, and a scratchy-throat-catching-a-cold yours truly.
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