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The image of nursing: The handmaiden


Susan it is very very different here, a Doctor diagnoses a problem and suggests a course of action/treatment, (after all that is their specialty); but then a Staff Nurse would have no hesitation disagreeing with that if necessary and suggesting a different treatment, or if the course of action is sound, will at least use their own clinical judgement (based on best practice) as to how the treatment should be carried out. I would in no way wake a patient up at 3am just to give say pain relief for example (when they are obviously not in pain), (and yes I know thats a blatantly obvious example but I'm tired!lol!) Perhaps things really are that different in the US? Anonymous | 8-Oct-2010 2:00 pm, It's not that I disagree with you, you are absolutely right that Nurses are crap at asserting themselves and our so called unions SHOULD be fighting our corner so to speak. It IS their responsibility to be asserting our true role and they (and we as a profession) are failing miserably). But I still argue that the vast majority of the public out there are akin to sheep like zombies when it comes to forming opinions, and television DOES control what a lot of people think (unfortunately). I used an example in one of the previous articles in this series on how that pathetic reality TV can effect public thinking. In that way, if all people ever see on TV is Nurses as inferior and obedient handmaidens, then no amount of 'education' on our part will change their perception of that. Finally, Anonymous | 8-Oct-2010 2:03 pm. You may not fully know the ins and outs of every job out there, fair enough, but I don't think there are as many roles (lets just take the major public services for example) that are as misunderstood as Nurses.

Posted date

8 October, 2010

Posted time

2:45 pm