Nurse tells, mothers listen?
When was this golden age when words from the mouth of a nurse were heeded?
When a nurse could be accepted as the ultimate authority in an advertisement?
It was before my time, let me tell you!
But Miss Bonner Moore, RN took part in medically supervised trials showing the superiority of Vicks so who am I to question her credibility?
Ah, but you can’t get the Va-Tro-Nol nose drops anymore! At least without showing your ID, getting fingerprinted, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and putting on a “Just Say No!” pin.
Sure to make a meth addict out of any child.
Why, just look at how this child willingly places his nose in position for the stimulating high he is sure to get.
All I can tell you is that Vaporub was just a smelly ointment that did nothing to actually cure or relieve anything.
And I’m a nurse, so you have to believe it!
I googled myself yesterday.
Trust me, I wish it was as racy as it sounds!
I was looking for references on the web to correlate triage time with patient flow and on the third page or so, I saw a title that looked promising and I clicked on it.
It took me to an Emergiblog post…..
Um…I don’t think I’m able to actually cite myself as an authority in a subject I’m taking a class to learn.
Athough it would be sort of cool to see Emergiblog cited in APA format!
All doctors come into contact with nurses, even if it is only in medical school or residency.
How many of them actually know what nursing is or what nurses do? That nursing, while related, is not medicine.
That nursing has its own science-based foundation.
That nurses do their own assessments, plan, carry out and evaluate their patient care based on those assessments.
That nurses have their own set of diagnoses that are made independently of physicians.
That nurses do not take orders from doctors, but use the orders written by the doctor to incorporate medical aspects of care into a plan that addresses all the needs of the patient. Physical, emotional and spiritual.
I used to joke that there needed to be a class in medical school called “The Nurse Is Your Friend”.
While relationship between medicine and nursing has become more collegial in the last few decades, I believe there is still a dearth of understanding in the medical field about the nursing profession.
I believe this can be rectified by addressing the issue in medical school.
The majority of doctors will spend their entire careers working in tandem with nurses in a variety of environments. Why not set the stage for a deeper understanding and appreciation of nursing at the very beginning?
I’m not talking about an entire semester. I’m talking about a few interactive lectures, by nurses that
- Give medical students an overview of the nursing profession. The history. The educational background required to be a nurse. An overview of the nursing process. How this affects the student as a future physician.
- Discuss how medicine and nursing are related. The importance of nursing documentation in preventing malpractice lawsuits.
- Discuss how medicine and nursing differ, and not just the “Doctors Cure, Nurses Care” schtick. Doctors do care and nurses can cure/resolve and prevent complications.
- Address nursing stereotypes. Medical students enter their profession with preconceived notions of what nurses are like. Some of those notions may be wrong.
- Give the medical student an opportunity to ask questions about nursing.
This isn’t fluff, folks. This is solid information about a profession that will have 24/7 responsibility for the care of their future patients.
It would behoove every medical student to understand and appreciate the nurses and the education behind that care.
A collegial relationship between doctors and nurses makes working together a lot easier and much more pleasant.
It also promotes better communication which results in better patient care which results in better patient outcomes.
And isn’t that the goal of both nursing and medicine?
I have to give a hat tip to N=1 over at Universal Health for providing the inspiration for this post (here is her take on medicine and nursing).
I believe the partner to this class should be given in nursing schools in the form of “The Nursing Student’s Guide to Medicine”. Nurses need a strong understanding and appreciation on the medical perspective in order to communicate effectively with physicians.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll teach these classes someday!