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Is the doctor-nurse game still being played?


With the exception of the ‘assumed respect’ issue – admittedly something mike is bothered about – I can’t understand why mike is obsessed with the idea that an ‘academic’ doctorate, is somehow ‘superior’ to a medical title of Dr. All having a doctorate ‘proves’, is that you were awarded a doctorate. It is highly unlikely that someone with a science doctorate, will not be fairly good at ‘analytical’ reasoning: so people will assume that is true. But NOT having a doctorate, or a degree, or ‘A’ levels, does NOT prove that someone isn’t ‘clever’ (whatever we take clever to mean – here, I will use it to mean ‘good at analytical reasoning’ to retain the theme of the above). An ‘analytical’ argument stands or falls on its own internal validity, and not on who made it: whoever makes an ‘analytical’ claim, it stands or falls on the ‘proof within the suggestion’. It doesn’t matter whether a professor or a cleaner claims something ‘should logically be true, because ….’: you judge the validity on the basis of the ‘….’ and NOT on who made the claim. And the ‘perceptual’ truths – the ‘in my own experience this is what happens’ are ALWAYS personally true, because all it is, is a factual statement of what happened to the individual. Whether ‘perceptual truths’ are all equally useful in things such as service design, is a different question – but ANYONE can perfectly validly say ‘that isn’t what happened to me – what happened to me, was ….’. And unless the qualifications which mike is so bothered about, are directly connected to the person’s actual job, then they do not matter very much at all: what matters, is whether or not people are doing their job well ! And from nurses, a nursing doctorate is not, on its own, enough to earn unqualified ‘respect’ – Carter !

Posted date

3 November, 2011

Posted time

1:59 pm