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Dr. Pimple Popper Thinks Nurses Have No Place Educating Patients

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CaffeinePOQ4HPRN has 10 years experience as a BSN, MSN, LPN, RN.

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If she had made the comment in regard to encouraging her own dermatologist colleagues to be more involved in patient teaching, I would support that, since accurate information is welcome from both nurses and physicians and the more accurate health-promotion messages are shared, the better. But that doesn't seem to have been her intent.

6 hours ago, Elizabeth Hanes said:

It strikes me that this reflects the age-old physician attitude that nurses are their servants and nothing more. In fact, I'm writing an essay sort of along those lines.

Personally I prefer to move past (ignore) the physicians who really seem to believe that way and want to propagate that philosophy. Many decidedly do not think nurses are their servants. I never like to argue with stupidity if I can help it. It's too desperate. I think it is desperate to form a rebuttal against one loud mouth outlier about something clearly and solidly within my scope of practice. Better to chuckle/roll eyes and move on. Of course, I admit my choice of reaction is in line with my philosophy that physicians are generally just about the least of nurses' real problems. Other entities have shown themselves much more formidable and damaging enemies of nurses. Physicians vs. nurses is just so worn out, and not only that but I firmly believe it isn't remotely our biggest threat. We do ourselves a disservice when we focus on it.

I'm sorry for your unpleasantness in being called out this way. This is a case where it's fine to step back and let the stupidity speak for itself (which it does)!

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She's a dermatologist she can't insult me 🙃

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rick3114 has 24 years experience as a BSN, DNP, RN and specializes in m/s, acute/chronic dialysis/apheresis.

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I wonder if Dr. Pimplepopper realizes that one day she will be cared for a nurse when she needs it the most in her gravest hour?   Duh.  Show some respect, Dr.

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She's such a disrespectful clown. Nurses have master's and PhD's. We publish research articles. We run nursing schools and some of us are even faculty in medical schools. How dare she? 

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Honestly I think this whole thing is being blown way out of proportion by sensitive nurses whom rightfully are knowledgeable—but doctors are always getting the credit. I don’t believe Dr Lee meant this as a slight on nurses. I believe she was coming from a place of “her specialty.”

The general article just said “registered nurse,” so perhaps some more context was needed (a registered nurse of 15+ years). 

The ambiguous title “RN” is so broad. Even though they are both RNs, I wouldn’t want an ICU burn specialty giving advice on L&D or vice versa.

(Disclosure: I didn’t read the WebMD article)

I think everyone needs to take a breath and not make this an attack on nurses because I honestly don’t think Dr Lee meant it as such. 

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Did she make any apology or any sort of response to this since deleting her original tweet? 

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rick3114 has 24 years experience as a BSN, DNP, RN and specializes in m/s, acute/chronic dialysis/apheresis.

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I kind of politely disagree.  This seems like a deeper issue related to "hierarchy" and "pecking order" and almost a "patriarchal" sentiment. And, being a male nurse who did rotations in a variety of areas, any nurse can teach about sunburn.   Does she not realize nurses do the discharge teaching and have their own separate autonomous licenses and do not report to the physician?

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Hoosier_RN has 27 years experience as a MSN and specializes in dialysis.

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On 6/25/2020 at 10:25 AM, ThePrincessBride said:

I use to like her before her TV show.

That post makes her look like a moron. Does med school even teach these doctors the role and scope of the nurse?

Nope. My cousin is a doctor. Until her younger sister went to nursing school, she admits that the nurse's role was an afterthought, and basically viewed as handmaiden to carry out orders. My cousin is a young doctor, only has been in practice 5 or 6 years. Her sister has educated her

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LOL she’s so funny... not watching you anymore!

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On 6/22/2020 at 12:58 PM, kp2016 said:

I had kind of thought a Dr who specializes in popping pimples wasn’t someone to take seriously as a medical professional, but my bad.

If the Dr would like to take over educating the patients on their conditions, discharge instructions, medications, health promotion / lifestyle choices.... that would be fantastic. Please go right ahead! Feel free to notify the hospitals and other employers of nurses that this really is a job for the Doctors. 

 

Really though. By all means please allow me time to do all the other responsibilities that have been bestowed on me! 

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jeanbeth has 8 years experience as a MSN, DNP, RN and specializes in Gerontology, Education.

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1 hour ago, NurseJDubbs said:

Honestly I think this whole thing is being blown way out of proportion by sensitive nurses whom rightfully are knowledgeable—but doctors are always getting the credit. I don’t believe Dr Lee meant this as a slight on nurses. I believe she was coming from a place of “her specialty.”

The general article just said “registered nurse,” so perhaps some more context was needed (a registered nurse of 15+ years). 

The ambiguous title “RN” is so broad. Even though they are both RNs, I wouldn’t want an ICU burn specialty giving advice on L&D or vice versa.

(Disclosure: I didn’t read the WebMD article)

I think everyone needs to take a breath and not make this an attack on nurses because I honestly don’t think Dr Lee meant it as such. 

The eye roll emoji was not meant as a slight? Pretty clear to me that if not an attack on nurses it was a sign of disrespect.

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