I have said before that I feel like a mole in MD school but today my nurse-self was on, full force.
In class one of our clinical instructors was going on about how when the shite hits the fan, the nurses are the first to point out that it was the doctors orders or the doctors mistake. He went on to describe how a friend of his worked in the really horrible psyche ward where "the nurses looked the same as the patients" blah blah blah...then he sees me sitting in the front row, "Er, but there are a lot of brilliant nurses and nurses that will help you out but..." then he goes on to tell how a psyche patient committed suicide and the nurses blamed the doctor for not writing stricter observation orders.
Now my classmates are shooting dagger stares at me and the guy behind me starts kicking my chair.
So I promptly advise him to tell a story where a nurse saved his ass...because kids I can talk until I am blue in the face on that topic (and no--not all 'when I saved the day stories', I have seen old Nurse Ratched's with 200 years experience curtail bad situations before they happened many oh many times). Just like I have seen bad nurses try to shift the blame to doctors. But if it is story time here people, let's at least make it fair!
He mumbled something about being in the NICU the first time and not knowing how to hold, feed, or look at a baby and the nurses being very helpful.
I wasn't really that offended by the remarks because for the most part the blame game does happen in health care when things go wrong. But I pointed out to him that patient care *is* ultimately the doctors responsibility, that is why they have an additional 4-7 years of medical training, that is why they make more money, and that is why they get respect in society! Responsibility.
I have made mistakes at work and when I have, the finger was never pointed at anyone else. There are crappy nurses out there just like there are crappy doctors. I am just glad that my presence at *least* caused him to apologize and admit to the fact that for the most part nurses are a helpful and important part of the team.