bollweevil 4,167 Views
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I looked at several different news stories, but there just isn't enough information to make informed decision either way. Twenty-million dollars sounds outrageous especially from a family that states they weren't in it for the money.
Mixed feelings here. Yes, Mom should have been told the truth and I think comfort measures (warmth, oxygen, maybe hydration) should have been given to that precious young life. On the other hand, I believe he struggled mightily but briefly and that Mom grieved mightily but relatively briefly. Do we have the right to protect people by not telling them the truth? Today I'd say no. Back then, 30+ years ago, that's just how it was. The doctor was boss. Today there are Ethics committees that decide together. The nurse would have lost her job, maybe even her license for disobeying the physician back then.
did you ever see the episode of "Little House on the Prairie" inwhich Caroline assists Doc Baker in delivering 2 babies? One baby lives and is given to the family whose baby died, unbeknownst to them. The other baby died but that father didn't want the baby and I think the mother died in childbirth. So - living baby went to a loving home, even though the "parents" didn't know it was not really their baby. OMG.
A couple of thoughts - you wrote a sensitive, insightful piece.
Your jaded classmate might have been blustering to cover her fear.
Things aren't always what they appear to be.
I didn't know organs could be donated by drug abusers. What about passing on diseases that drug abusers are prone to?
The pt might not have been the one to donate. It might have been his family who did that.
I do appreciate your article and may God bless you.
I am so glad I work in a non-profit dialysis center.
its sad how much money talks in this country. i would be rolling in my grave....
If people don't sign up to be an organ donor then they should refuse an organ if they need one in the future. And everyone should be an organ donor unless you "opt out." It would increase the availability of organs. Why is organ donation such a not talked about topic? Organ donation should be synonymous word with death.
In hell shall she lift up her eyes!!!!!!
I appreciate the poster who would introduce herself to patients as "Hello, I'm Dr. so-and-so, I'm a nurse practitioner." Can't really argue that one.
It seems to me that PhDs, PharmDs, JDs, whatever the doctoral education, certainly have the word "doctor" before their names, but they are still referred to as professor, pharmacist, lawyer, etc. Their titles say "doctor" but the role is whatever.
When one is referring to one's "doctor," it is usually pretty clear s/he is not referring to her/his pharmacist or attorney or NP but to physician. Surely the PharmD can be introduced with proper credentials, ie "This is Dr. Smith, pharmacist."
In nursing school, one wouldn't say "class is about to start, here comes the doctor" but certainly would say, "here comes Dr. Smith" (obviously the professor).
Why can't we all use the titles we've earned, and state our roles? Including MDs, as in "I'm Dr. Smith, physician"?
I know my dentist didn't go to medical school, but I call him "doctor."
I know my vet didn't go to medical school, but I call her "doctor."
And my personal fave, professors who have Ph.Ds. I know they don't have clinical degrees, but some of them want to be called "doctor."
I think the human resources department that thinks I would be confused by a DNP who refers to himself or herself as "doctor" should give me more credit. Especially when I'm staring at his or her name tag. Most consumers can figure out that an MD is not a DO. I think they can recognize that a DNP is not an MD.
I find it really hard to balance work and family life. However, millions of people do it and I'm sure you can too if you are committed.
You have to enlist the aid of family, neighbors, paid help, whoever it takes to care for the kids and the house while you deal primarily with school. Sit the kids down if they are old enough and inform them of what you are thinking of doing and get their agreement to forego having you at all their events. Get them to sign on to picking up lots of household chores and caring for younger siblings so you can study, do your class and clinical work, and so on. Make it a team thing and, when you do graduate, give them all framed "diplomas" because they will have earned them.
It is hard putting yourself first but maybe this is the right thing at the right time for you and your family. I wish you good luck. What type of Nursing are you thinking of doing?
anyone who has taken an np review course/test prep course:
i am looking for a course before taking either the adult or fnp exam. i want a classroom course, not just an internet or other non-classroom course. i realize this might not be available in my town.
any thoughts on what courses are available? how were the materials? the teachers? the cost? any other factors you want to mention.
to explain: i am qualified to sit for the fnp exam but am thinking i might just take the adult test, as i think it will be easier to study for that alone, and just not test for women's and peds along with adult.
Nursing isn't a field that pays well.
Why not consider being a doctor?
To really get a sense of what nurses do in the Prenatal area, why not talk to and spend a few hours with nurses who do that in your town? Then you could see firsthand what they do and see if you might like to pursue it.
BTW, nurses don't do the ultrasounds. Radiology technicians do it. They take courses to become expert/specialists in ultrasounds. Check this out locally, in person, with people who are doing ultrasounds. Ask them about educational requirements and salary.
BTW, I think it's great that you have a good idea of what you want to do. I had no idea when I was your age.
Your lack of clinical experience is not bad and should not inhibit you for this papaer.
There are tons of topics. Perhaps a librarian or your instructor can help? Also, lots of ideas were given here. Here is another: take the case of an elderly person who is sort of going down hill. Lots of health issues, not able to do all that she used to do, still in her right mind and not wanting to move out of state to be near daughter (as dtr would like, so she can help her mom and they can enjoy their last years together). Ethics of that type of situation.
They never do. I do find it interesting that the judgment was awarded against the hospital instead of the individual nurse who might have been assigned to take care of her. Was it because of the cover-up? Or was it because of poor staffing on the hospital's part which led to the nurse not checking on the patient? Was it because of poor policy i.e. no standard in place to round on patients at least q2h?
Also I'm curious: when I worked on med-surg I basically made rounds on my patients at least every 2 hours. Basically it was impossible not to because of the amount of medications those folks are on, but even if I didn't have to medicate or perform a treatment I was always in the vicinity taking care of someone else so I could poke my head in the door at least. PLUS, policy was q2h rounds which should be a standard of nursing care IMO. However, when I had my son 9 years ago at Dekalb Medical Center, the nurses absolutely did not make regular rounds. I saw a nurse maybe once or twice in a 12 hour shift. If I didn't ring, they didn't come. I found that odd at the time, I wonder if this is standard in mother-baby areas?
consider yourself very lucky. about 98% of end-of-shift ot is caused by poor staffing ratios combined with endless charting--which isn't done during the shift due to time constraints..
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