I'm just wanting to gripe a bit. I'm a very private person and don't make it a practice to broadcast info. about myself all over the place.
I'm speaking specifically right now of going to the doctor. Maybe I went a little wild since I've gotten health insurance, but I've been to several doctors (a psychiatrist, a neurologist and an obstetrician) and every doctor I have been to see knows I'm a nurse. I wonder if it is protocol for the secretary or MA to write "THIS PATIENT IS A NURSE" on the front of charts before they are given to the doctor? I only filled it out on the new patient forms where they ask your employer and profession and I know the docs and nurse's don't read that. I even went as far as not filling this info. in when I went to the last doctor (ob/gyn) but I was called back to fill the info. in!
Now this isn't necessarily earth-shaking, but at the same time, every single doctor has questioned me about my profession, where I got my training, and what I do at my job. I won't make any secret that I am not exactly proud to tell the doctor ,"I went to Excelsior College which is basically a through the mail school and my degree is an associate degree." I have decided the next time someone asks I will tell them I am a Rhodes scholar and got my nursing degree in England, or something. Furthermore, they expect me to know things because I am a nurse. The psychiatrist is especially bad to drill me with questions and say, "You are an RN! You should know this!" Hey, doc, I'm mental as it is, you shouldn't pressure me!!!
No, just because we have RN after our name doesn't mean people should assume and expect us to know everything!
Family and neighbors are as bad. I was recently talking on the phone to my mom who lives out of state. She said, " I wish you were here to look at my side, it's red and scaly, it might be shingles." :stone
A family friend said he had two bumps near his rectum, would I look at them...
NO I WON'T!!!
I don't know, maybe I'm burned out and the holidays are starting to get to me.
Nov 24, '06
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...I only filled it out on the new patient forms where they ask your employer and profession and I know the docs and nurse's don't read that...
It seems they do read it, as I always get asked about my job: webmaster
I told the MA that once long ago, because I too was tired of talking shop in the doc's office...works like a charm...It stuck...he asks me every time I come in (yearly) how the "internet business is"
My biggest peeve: when I'm working and the first words out of a patient's mouth are "I'm a nurse"
I don't care, and it has NOTHING to do with why you're here today...
Last edit by hogan4736 on Nov 24, '06