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Is the doctor-nurse game still being played?


Anonymous | 1-Nov-2011 7:00 pm, I agree with everything you say apart from the issue of pay. I have never said that we do the same training as Doctors do, but we should absolutely have an increased wage that reflects first of all the degree profession that we are, and secondly the higher levels of Masters and Doctorates that we now undertake. This WOULD bring us comparatively into line with our medical colleagues in terms of pay status and respect. I mean look at any other profession where a Masters degree or a Doctorate is a requirement, are we even on a par with them? No. So why should we as a profession accept lower wages than most? Michael, you keep stating that from a patients point of view, if the nurse or doctor BEHAVES identically, then 'they are indeed the same', but it is obvious to everyone that this is blatantly not the case. There is a case of patients not understanding who is who or who to turn to, but you compare a Doctor to a Nurse practitioner or Specialist and there is a world of difference, we do NOT behave the same. The rest of your argument is fundamentally flawed too. First of all, as for the qualifications, yes some Nurses ARE equally qualified. is a Masters not a Masters, a Doctorate not a Doctorate? Is a Medical degree with the honorific of a Doctor, the same as an academic Doctorate? No. An academic Doctorate is longer and takes more training. All are very different of course, but can be weighted equally with many criteria; and that is the crux of the argument. Now, you said "But the pay issue, comes down in the end to how easy it is sack and replace a nurse, compared to doing the same thing with a doctor - people are not paid what 'morally/ethically they deserve', but instead they get paid according to how difficult it is to replace them." I can see what you are saying, but again I disagree, as this would not be happening at all if Nurses wielded the power they have, and got the respect and status we deserve on par with the medical profession.

Posted date

2 November, 2011

Posted time

7:44 pm