Is it wrong terminology to say you are in medicine if you are an ICU nurse?
I know when one says, " i am in medicine" it most oftens refers to a medical doctor.
However, don't nurses practice medicine too? Especially in the ICU, where nurses are not only constantly assessing but actively and independently adjust medicines like vasoactive drips for very sick pts and continuously doing hemodynamic monitoring and ...I feel like that in itself is very much the practice of medicine....
Just curious to see what others thought.
I feel saying "I am in medicine" is very misleading and uncomfortable. It is just as easy to say "I am a nurse". I get what you are saying about drips and hemodynamic monitoring, but you could really say that about any specialty. There are going to be things on every floor that require specialized knowledge and skills. That is more considered nursing assessment and judgement. Practicing medicine is something that is reserved for doctors. Be proud of being a nurse.
Last edit by yuzzamatuzz on Oct 23, '12
Part of it may be the proliferation of non-nurses calling themselves nurses and this person does not want to be lumped in with them. I recently had a pt who said to me "oh, I understand...I'm a nurse." This was while her work badge, identifying herself as a CNA, was visible. And, I would say that a CNA could say that he or she was "in nursing." (enough on that, I don't want another drawn out discussion about CNAs, MAs, etc. calling themselves nurses)
I do, however, find it misleading to say "in medicine." Nursing is not medicine. They are different fields with different foci, even if their final goal is often, but not always, the same. I think this person should say "I am a registered nurse" or "I am an RN in the medical ICU" or something else to that effect.
Last edit by psu_213 on Oct 23, '12