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Nurses working harder than doctors?

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by lovehospital lovehospital (Member)

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I came to conlusion that although I respect (the doctor's knowledge and ultimate decision making) that nurses work harder in physical and mental way.Sure the doctors are on the call 24 (not talking about surgeons cause they sure work hard) but we nurses coordinate everything,watch patients 24,have to recognize changes in health status,as well as know pathophysiology/diseases,deal with ongoing issues.

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FireStarterRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.

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I think you have to walk a mile in another man's moccasins before making that judgment. From my observations, doctors work very long, hard hours.

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LilyBlue has 10 years experience.

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I don't know about whose job is harder, but I know that ours is more tedious. If the doctors had to be the one to get every diet coke, take every menial complaint, and talk to the families everytime they have a question, along with wiping every patient's butt, I bet they would either 1) be more responsive to requests for antidiarrheals and anti anxiety meds or 2) get the patient out of there faster.

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Agreed, it is truly difficult to understand their job. My PCP is an internist. He works five days a week at his practice. From about 0800-1900 in his office, to rounding on his hospital patients twice a day (AM & PM), to pulling two to three 12 hour 7p-7a ER shifts a week in a small ER.

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This post reeks of ignorance.

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Like the other day I was changing patient's sheets and I ask the doctor to move a little,she looked at me like I just killed her mother and stayed there,I wonder if would act that way if she would had to do it herself

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I am the first to admit I don't understand the ends and outs of being a physician, and I greatly respect them and know they are incredibly driven and work hard. That being said, I sometimes feel that they rarely if ever put themselves in the nurse's position, either, and oftentimes do not respect her role.

It would be nice if we could all go to an alternate land and switch roles for a while. We might come back a little more humble.

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Like the other day I was changing patient's sheets and I ask the doctor to move a little,she looked at me like I just killed her mother and stayed there,I wonder if would act that way if she would had to do it herself

You are basing your opinion on things like this?

Basically, the doctor's role is not a patient care one. Generally they are on a very tight timetable and are under a lot of pressure to get to the next patient. I wouldn't make much of what you've described in the quoted post.

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Like the other day I was changing patient's sheets and I ask the doctor to move a little,she looked at me like I just killed her mother and stayed there,I wonder if would act that way if she would had to do it herself

Anecdotes such as this are going to prove nurses work harder? Look, we all have a job to do. I can throw out anecdotal stories of lazy nurses; however, this does not make all of nursing lazy. On average, I would say doctors work quite hard.

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Agreed, it is truly difficult to understand their job. My PCP is an internist. He works five days a week at his practice. From about 0800-1900 in his office, to rounding on his hospital patients twice a day (AM & PM), to pulling two to three 12 hour 7p-7a ER shifts a week in a small ER.

But that is his choice isnt? I'm sure he doesnt have to work in ER nor in hospital since he has his own private practice.

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But that is his choice isnt? I'm sure he doesnt have to work in ER nor in hospital since he has his own private practice.

What is your point? He still has to work in the hospital because his patients are admitted there. As far as the ER, obviously his choice. However, he along with other local doctors are keeping the ER functional and providing a needed service to a community.

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You are basing your opinion on things like this?

Basically, the doctor's role is not a patient care one. Generally they are on a very tight timetable and are under a lot of pressure to get to the next patient. I wouldn't make much of what you've described in the quoted post.

No,it is just the more I observe and get acquainted with the profession of nursing I realize the "story" behind it:)

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