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Is the doctor-nurse game still being played?

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Absolutely Mike, I could not agree more. Michael, with all due respect you are wrong. You say you have a Doctorate, so I assume that in your career, whatever it was, you were in a role that necessitated that and that role bought with it the respect and pay that your academic achievements deserve?? We are asking for no less. I have a diploma, a degree and a masters degree, as well as numerous post qualification exams and training, including prescribing as just one example. I also have 25 years experience in this career. Without wanting to compromise my anonymity, my role is highly specialised, highly technical and highly skilled, and I work alongside doctors, GPs and other HCPs to bring a valued level of care to my patients. Yet my pay does not reflect the position I have, the qualifications I have worked hard for, or anything else, yet a doctors pay is comparitavely much, much higher. When I tell people what I do, I often get 'oh just a Nurse?' or 'Oh I wouldn't do that job' or 'is that all?' Yet I can offer my patients a vital service that is comparable to any doctor. What response do you think a doctor gets when they tell people what they do? I am not passive or subservient to a doctor, I am an equal professional, and yes our roles are fundamentally different, just as my role is different to a Pharmacists for example, but the fact remains that we are not handmaidens anymore, nor are we assistants. Mike is right, we are professionals in our own right, and should get the respect as such.

Posted date

3 November, 2011

Posted time

3:42 pm

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