Could MDs refusing to take ER calls put you at risk??

  1. I just read this in the Seattle Times, and then I read Jim's thread. I wondered if nurses started refusing to do something, how long would it take the powers that be, to come around to hearing what nurses have to say.

    Then I wondered...is the fact that MDs are refusing to take call...causing ERs across the country to be overcrowded?? Are lives at risk, because an MD who wants priviledges at a hospital, but refuses to take call because they aren't being paid enough ??
    Or because a pt. doesn't have the right insurance??

    I wonder what others think about this:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...rdocs07m0.html
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  3. by   sjoe
    I'm with the docs. They are correct.

    And to answer your question:

    "I wondered if nurses started refusing to do something, how long would it take the powers that be, to come around to hearing what nurses have to say."

    When and if nurses ever organize well enough to take a stand together on something, we frequently ARE listened to, as many posts by -jt on this BB have recently indicated.
  4. by   mattsmom81
    I agree wholeheartedly...when we've had enough and can say 'NO" as a group....they will listen.

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