Quote from oramar
Many years ago I worked on a transplant floor. I enjoyed many things about it including the patients, my co-workers and the interesting medical science and the excellent inservice education I got. However, I became aware that the most important things in the program were the surgeons ego and the institutions need for prestigue and money. Even then it was apparent that the patients were not number one on the hit parade. Of course the nurses were lower than low on the list but we don't do this stuff for glory. I see nothing much has changed.
I live in a rural area, and a critical access hospital in the area got a surgeon a few years ago who had been the director of kidney, liver, and pancreas transplantation at a major center on the East Coast. We all figured that either he had burned out, or he had majorly P'd someone off.
A colleague whose husband works at the critical access facility said he had burned out on the whole transplant thing, but he wished to continue doing surgery and in an underserved area to boot.
That's the kind of person I would want for my transplant surgeon!
When I was in school, the head of transplants at that university hospital would come into the supper club where I worked (never with the same woman twice, and yes he was married - and the women were always middle-aged like he was
) and would pretty much demand that the whole restaurant shut down to cater to him. When he got caught using drugs on the job and it got in the newspaper, someone blew up the article on a Xerox machine and plastered it all over the kitchen.
Interestingly, he was replaced by a woman. She didn't last very long; I don't know where she went but she appeared to be very good.