Am I Only one who is irritated by doctors and medical shows? - page 5

by Destiny'skid 17,553 Views | 117 Comments

I am not even a nurse yet, but my short time in the hospital as aide made me see how much nurses do and how smart they are about patient care and how little doctors are even around and sometimes honestly they seem to just not get... Read More


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    Quote from sbostonRN
    House is the worst for inaccuracies. I love the show but it's crazy that the doctors are all expert nurses, radiology techs, lab techs, nurses, as well as working in every dept of the hospital! I just think its ridiculous!
    Not to mention its medical inaccuracies. For example, a guy developed a blood clot in his eye. Says one of the docs "start him on warfarin to break up the clot!" Voila, the clot was gone in minutes. How long would it take to some basic research to make it accurate?
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    Quote from beckyboo1
    I don't even like shows like The Doctors and just can't tolerate Dr Oz with his following every new "brand new study says" stuff. And give me a break, he's an expert in ever area of medicine? People, just go to your personal physician please lol
    Why? Just go to the ER and say "Dr. Oz says....." (When this phrase starts a patient's statement of why there are there I just hope they don't hear me say "ughhh.")
    Last edit by psu_213 on Feb 25, '13
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    It's a sad reality that the higher education you receive, the more removed you are from hands on patient care. I was thinking of this the other day when I realized I had been at the desk for much longer than I would have liked to be. One of the aides (although she said nothing) was giving off attitude vibes as if she thought myself and the other nurses weren't "doing anything" because she was the one up and moving around and we were sitting down. At the same time, her work was caught up and I was way behind. I've been an aide and I spent way more time with the patients hands on than I do now. I also didn't have to have an education ( I did, but it wasn't required for that particular job) and I got paid a lot less. I was just thinking to myself....I hate that she assumes we aren't doing anything or don't want to do anything because I would love to have more direct patient contact. That's why I wanted to be a nurse. The reality is that I'm the one who has to document everything and it consumes the majority of my time.

    I said all that to say this... I try to remember that I haven't been a doctor and I can't possibly know what their job really entails or where their heart was when they got into the field. They spend way less time with the patients and get paid way more than nurses...just like nurses generally spend less time than aides but get paid much more. It's not just the medical field. In most professions, the person doing the hardest work gets the least recognition financially, verbally, etc. It's easy to point fingers, but I don't know that there's anyone to blame.
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    Yep, I know the feeling. The inaccuracies abound.
    When I, once upon a time, would sit down to watch TV, I'd have to shake my head in wonderment. How could "Mr. Freeze" ever hope to solidify Batman into a chunk of ice without first checking to see if he was not wearing his "Super-thermal-long-underwear"? Any Arch-Villain would know that. I had become jaded early.
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    Nursing school friend of mine posted on her FB: xyz has a URI, should I ask the doctor for antibiotics or oil of oregano? How about neither and stop getting your medical information from the TV?
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    ^^^^
    You should have told her to ask for oil of oregano... but tell her to be sure to let everyone know what the doc said about that...
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    I haven't seen a show yet that shows CPR done correctly. It's always push down, wait 5 minutes, "Is he alive?", push down, wait 5 minutes, "How 'bout now?"
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    Quote from beckyboo1
    I don't even like shows like The Doctors and just can't tolerate Dr Oz with his following every new "brand new study says" stuff. And give me a break, he's an expert in ever area of medicine? People, just go to your personal physician please lol
    I had alot of respect for Dr. Oz in the beginning. He was down-to-earth and a welcome source of realistic medical info. He apparently IS a respected cardiac surgeon.

    HOWEVER, all he seems to do these days is promote diet after diet after diet. How can one person find so many diets to espouse?
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    Eh, they're just TV shows. I use to like some of them, but I'm one of those people who will say, "Um...yeah...er, but that's not, but why...oh god I can't watch this anymore."

    I think ER was the only one I was able to steadily watch from beginning to end, mostly. Yeah it focussed more on the doctors, but in the beginning, they also looked quite a bit on nurses, nurses unions, and what happens when they aren't enough nurses (...yeah that was was still when George Clooney was still there, I think). It was pretty much hinted that there were other staff, but it's a TV show, and who didn't want to see insert-appropriate-person's-name with his/her issues?

    That said, I think it's sad when people who aren't in whatever field (military/medical/police/etc) actually believe everything on television. No, it doesn't take a week for police to solve a murder (I don't care what date you saw on Law and Order), the military doesn't quite work that way, not all nurses are out to live Grey's in real life (I'm sad I'm even aware of that), I'm happy you learned about that thing on House, but please stop diagnosing yourself.

    Oh, and OP, you must be from an area similar to mine -- my area doesn't have hospitals with diploma RN programs (I think my state has one, and it's really far). Diploma RNs aren't considered college graduates (my sister-in-law's mother-in-law is one of them and has stated such). To include a bit of trivia, Kate (can't remember her last name) with the 8 kids is a diploma RN, which is how I found out about the diploma thing.
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    I was just watching Greys tonight...they're in an OR with no nurses, just doctors. Lol


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