I'm a newbie taking prereqs for a BSN.
I just have one big nagging concern
keeping me from fully committing to the program. I want to help people, but I feel that the western allopathic way of surgery/drugs is often very harmful (although sometimes needed in cases of trauma etc).
Does pushing drugs for the giant pharmaceuticals bother anyone out there in the nurse world? I just don't know if I could live with myself doing it all day when I know that many problems could be solved simply by diet change etc.:spin:
Please enlighten me!
Oct 31, '07
Yes diet and exercise can prevent many things, but once someone makes it to the hospital or on the surgical table for something acute, you can't just tell them to eat better. They've gone beyond that point already. Most of my heart patients knew what led them to the point of hospitalization/surgery.
I do disease management now for heart pt's, diabetics, those with hyperlipidemia, etc. I'd say about 1/3 of my pt's follow what we teach them as far as diet & exercise are concerned. We educate the others as much as we can, and they make their own decisions with that knowledge.
Medication & surgery are not evil. Having worked in critical care, I've seen the lives that can be saved with these interventions. For example, if you were to have a congenital heart condition that caused you to have a heart attack, and land in the hospital, do you want your medical team to say you should've eaten better and walk away, or do you want them to give you the emergency meds or surgery that would save your life?
Part of being a nurse is opening your mind, and understanding that people may make bad choices, but if you truly educate them, they are at least making informed decisions.
I never "pushed drugs for the giant pharm's." I have however, pushed drugs for the patients.
Last edit by BBFRN on Nov 12, '07