This article - "Physician, heel thyself" - was published in the New York Times on polling day. Written by an oncology nurse, it decried the fact that even today, a significant number of doctors do not respect nurses and the work they perform, dressing them down or treating them with condescension.
Posted by admin at 4:31 AM | Labels: doctors, nurses, professionalism
Such things also happen in Singapore. During my service in public hospitals, I have seen doctors yell at nurses, jeer at them with sarcastic remarks, and make fun of them behind their backs. Thankfully, only a minority of doctors do this, although more may feel that they are at the top of the pecking order in clinical care. The situation is not helped by the fact that more and more nurses (and doctors) are foreign-born, and adjustment to work in Singaporean hospitals is not the easiest thing in the world.
Nonetheless, good teamwork makes for more effective clinical care. Currently, nurses are doing more and more of the jobs previously performed by physicians - an advanced practice nurse is the virtual equivalent of a medical officer (except for prescribing rights), and may have more knowledge in their area of specialty. Conversely, this frees up more time for doctors to further their skills and knowledge.