Doctors Are Not Nurses
Hey, New Grads, you’ve just finished nursing school! This leads me to believe that you are a very
intelligent, competent person. And I’m
sure you’ve learned so much! You know about pharmacology, physiology, nursing theory and patient care. Did anyone explain to you, though, that nurses are not
doctors? Luckily if you hadn’t realized
this during your years of schooling, Dr. Jauhar’s recent op-ed in the New York
Times is there to remind you:
Dr. Jauhar graciously volunteered his time to write this
thoughtful piece for anyone out there who thought nursing and medical school is
synonymous. Yikes. There have already been plenty of rebuttals to
his (weak) argument. There are almost 900 comments on this piece, which leads me to believe that Dr. Jauhar's opinion was neither shared nor appreciated by the majority. I don’t feel the need to showcase my own discord, but I did want to write a quick note to all new nurses out there.
It is so important you realize that doctors are not nurses
(thank goodness!). Your job is so
important. You will impact many patients’
lives no matter what nursing route you take.
This will always be your priority, so please don’t waste your time
comparing yourself to other providers.
Instead, embrace the healthcare team atmosphere. Appreciate other professional’s skills and
expertise. Appreciate your own contributions. Encourage mutual respect. And never, ever be afraid to stick up for your
profession, your patients or yourself.