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The image of nursing: The handmaiden


Dear Anonymous (11th October) - don't assume that simply because physicians are called doctors means that they have PhD. Most certainly do not, and the Dr title is purely an honorific title associated with their professional status. Similarly, a PhD is no better a measure of someone's ''intelligence'' than any other qualification. A PhD is intended to demonstrate the attainment of many skills, competencies and abilities, albeit at an advanced level, but intelligence is definitely NOT one of them; which is why I trust the people I work with on the basis of their deeds (i.e. what they do) and their ability (i.e. how well they do it) rather than their titles! There are lots of RNs who have PhDs and many others that could given the chance. There are also lots of "MD's" who couldn't hack it, and many more that could, but don't need to because they have the honorific anyway. Personally, I think that respect has to be earned, not awarded on the basis of your job title or payscale, and that goes for any professinal group.

Posted date

16 October, 2010

Posted time

1:00 pm