Dispute between nurses and doctors - page 2

by carebearangie89 | 3,731 Views | 19 Comments

Why do people believe that nurses do not save lives and that only doctors save lives. How do nurses NOT save lives?... Read More


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    Doctors are covered, and paid, by insurance companies. Doctors bill directly and insurance companies pay part of their bills. If they are affiliated with hospitals, doctors make their money through insurance companies and some private payment. Nurses (with the exception of Nurse Practitioners in some states) cannot bill directly. We cannot bill patients and we cannot bill insurance companies. This has historically cut down on our power.
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    I found Nurse Jackie really made the trials and responsibilities of nursing visible. The drug addiction gave viewers a visual cue that all the conflict/death was not just rolling off her back. In real life the emotional angst isn't visible, but it's still there. How many of us have gotten up for a shift and felt that we just don't have the strength to face the crap we know is coming?
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    Quote from RNdynamic
    We have one; it's called "Nurse Jackie." And it depicts the "iconoclastic nurse" as a drug addicted individual who has sex affairs in the workplace.
    Yep. That sounds like most of us. We're all in it for the drugs and sex.
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    Quote from samadams8
    Yep. That sounds like most of us. We're all in it for the drugs and sex.
    Wait ... you mean ... that's not it? Damn. Decades wasted.
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    Quote from DoeRN
    We had Hawthorne but of course it got canceled after a very short stint unlike the shows who focus in on doctors.
    That wasn't because it was about a nurse. It got cancelled because it was awful.
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    Quote from samadams8
    Yep. That sounds like most of us. We're all in it for the drugs and sex.
    I want to be a nurse on a tv show. I'd have a lot more energy at the end of the shift if all I had to do was have sex in the supply closet and spend the rest of the day pushing someone around in a wheelchair.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    1. The media and most medical shows portray nurses as subordinate sidekicks while the doctors jump in and do everything. I had to laugh when I watched an episode of House where the doc was giving an enema. That would not happen in real life.

    2. Doctors, as a professional group, are represented by the powerful AMA. Their public image is fine-tuned and information is released to the public about how important they are. Nurses lack this powerful representation. No one is telling the public how important we are.

    The World According House (the TV show), would have the general public believe that that UA was personally run to the lab by the MD; who then ran the tests; who then personally shuttled the patient to imaging where they prepped and performed (and interpreted) the CT; and then gathered the patient up and personally stuck in that PEG tube just before personally inserting an AV shunt and hooking the patient up to dialysis while hacking off some flesh for a histological exam that they themselves performed while on break. Oh yes, they ran and interpreted the histological report, too.

    Makes me barf.
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    Quote from Guttercat

    The World According House (the TV show), would have the general public believe that that UA was personally run to the lab by the MD; who then ran the tests; who then personally shuttled the patient to imaging where they prepped and performed (and interpreted) the CT; and then gathered the patient up and personally stuck in that PEG tube just before personally inserting an AV shunt and hooking the patient up to dialysis while hacking off some flesh for a histological exam that they themselves performed while on break. Oh yes, they ran and interpreted the histological report, too.

    Makes me barf.
    This definitely shows that nurses truly save lives and do more than doctors... awesome. I feel encouraged
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    Just my 2 cents but I have to wonder if nurses don't do themselves a disservice by running to mngt about every single thing that comes up on a shift instead of communicating directly, supporting each other, and getting behind each other a little more. Doctors seem to have a code where they don't toss each other under the bus every five seconds (could be wrong, but it seems that way). Maybe nurses would get more respect from others if they collaborated with each other and respected each other a little more. Maybe that would also give them a little more power. I dunno. Just a thought.
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    Oh let's not forget the show Hawthorne!!!


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