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The image of nursing: The handmaiden


Yes Doctor, no Doctor? Of course the public are geared for that! That is mostly because the general public think that Doctors are the only ones who study and practice Medicine, so therefore they are the only ones who's opinions matter. Oh of course Nurses might know a few things but they are untrained aren't they? Best to check that opinion with the Doctor. I'm sorry if that sounds a bit cynical but that is the way it is for the vast majority of people. It is about time society came to realise that Physicians are not the only ones who have medical training or knowledge. Nurses also have that, albeit based around a different caring paradigm, but that does not make it any less valid. We are as well placed, if not more so, than many physicians, to offer medical assistance and advice. What is so hard to realise that we are both (Physicians and Nurses) autonomous medical specialists in our own professional right? Anonymous | 7-Oct-2010 9:36 am, I get what your saying, but (and I have to admit not watching any of these programmes either), even when Nurses in these programmes (American or British) have a high rank (such as Nurse Practitioner), aren't they almost always STILL seen as inferior handmaidens to the glorious Doctors when they sweep in and save the day, and then embark on an affair with the aforementioned practitioner of course?!

Posted date

7 October, 2010

Posted time

12:49 pm