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Insights in Nursing Podcast, Episode 14

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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Insights in Nursing Podcast, Episode 11

Posted by isntshelovlei on August 27, 2010

Can you believe that a patient who’d just had a C-section two days prior was actually asked to “tidy up” her hospital room before she was discharged? One of the midwifes (allegedly) described the task as “those bits that we don’t have time for.” Wow. Just wow. Maybe that equal access, government-funded health care isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… And what about nurses with doctorates??—Are they doctors? Are they nurses? What do we call them? Paging Dr. Nurse? Check out these topics and more on the latest episode of Insights in Nursing with Kim from the Emergiblog, Terri over at Nurse Ratched’s Place, host and jack of all trades Jamie Davis, and yours truly.

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