New Degree Creates Doctor Nurses-And Confusion
All Things Considered, February 22, 2009
No one wants to badmouth Florence Nightingale, but a new degree for nurses is causing bad blood between doctors and their longtime colleagues. The program confers the title of doctor on nurses, but some in the medical profession say only physicians should call themselves "doctor."
Dr. Steven Knope is a family practitioner in Tucson, Ariz. "If you're on an airline," he jokes, "and a poet with a Ph.D. is there and somebody has a heart attack, and they say 'Is there a doctor in the house?'-should the poet stand up?" Knope laughs. "Of course not."
Physicians such as Knope say the title of doctor implies a certain amount of training, hours in medical school that nurses just don't have. Dr. Ted Epperly, president of the American Association of Family Practitioners, says that while doctors place a high value on nurses, sharing the same title could confuse-and even harm-patients.
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Feb 23, '09
by ®Nurse, MSN, RN
I can't help but think about all the times I would get upset at the doctors office upon hearing the doctor refer to his medical assistant as "Nurse".......
I think a doctorally prepared nurse should be able to be called a doctor.
I think that the doc's should start wearing name badges to the hospital that show that they have MD behind their name. This would prevent confusion - Just like the rest of the hospital staff to show who is an RN, CNA, RT, etc....
Oh yeah...I was remiss in adding, that I think that they should have their own color of scrubs too! LOL.
Last edit by ®Nurse on Feb 23, '09