Quote from fatrabbit
I really want to know the experience of being a nurse in the 80s. How much respect did nurses have? Where they able to question doctors? advocate for patients?
Wow. I'm nearly at a loss for words. Nearly.
Maybe it's because I'm trying to remember what I thought and felt as a Nurse in my 20's vs a Nurse pushing 60. I was young and excited at successes and now I'm older and still get just as excited by successes. Every time a Patient progresses, and I'm a part of that progression, reinforces that positive feeling of success.
But to answer your questions, fatrabbit- I nearly always felt respect. Less as an LPN with RNs, but always from the Patients I served. I was always there for them, the Patient- something my LPN instructor taught me: she said, "If you can do nothing else, just be there. For your Patient".
Maybe it's because I'm a Guy, and most Docs are Male, I nearly always felt I was given respect. I had heard of a lot of Female Nurses get lambasted by Male Docs, and I've had my share of being yelled at, but, generally, I was treated okay.
I remember, as a new LPN, in 1984, questioning a Psychiatrist's Rx for Cogentin. The Rx doses was higher than the recommended daily dose. The Psychiatrist said, "Okay- then just give the Patient..." No big deal, but I felt good about that one.
Advocating for a Patient brings back a memory, again, as an LPN. A Female Psych Patient was to be placed in an LTC after her discharge and it caused her high anxiety. I talked with the Family and they were supportive and wanted the Patient to continue to live independently. Although it was against the Psychiatrist's recommendation, I openly advocated for the Patient.
The Psychiatrist, who was a Woman, took me aside and let me know she was the Doctor and could have me fired for openly going against her recommendation with the Family. However, she acquiesced and discharged the Patient back to her apartment.
Maybe it was because the Psychiatrist and I had a good working relationship, or for whatever reason, things turned out okay.
How's that for nearly being at a loss for words, eh, fatrabbit?