CNN.com reports that med students may soon have to pass "bedside manner" tests to get licensed:
Obviously the logistics are a problem right now, but I sure wish that, for example, the anesthiologist for my dad's surgery 2 weeks ago had been "graded" on his listening abilities (or lack thereof) at some point in his career...
Interesting that the argument in favor of this new testing is that 75% of malpractice lawsuits claim that miscommunication was a factor--no mention of how that same miscommunication may have resulted in ACTUAL PT CARE ERRORS.
What do y'all think? Is this a good idea? Should nurses be subject to this too?
Jul 28, '02
If an MDs license was dependent on his "character test" and how well he would present himself with what are known as "bedside manners", RNs would have no choice but to take over in their places because they would be leaving the field in record numbers.
There are FARRRRRR too many docs with suck azz attitudes, and I hope they do start requiring this test of all docs. Less butt holes we nurses would have to put up with...IMHPO...
It's not such a bad idea though.......should be required of ALL medical staff who work with patients. When I worked in Alaska, I remember a test they gave each employee that described each employees personality. Once the employees were tested, they had to wear the initial of each personality characteristic/trait on their badges so the other staff could see what type of personality traits they were working with so as to be more "tolerant" of that individual's need to express themselves based on their character/personality trait(s). Pretty neat huh?
Last edit by live4today on Jul 28, '02