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Nurses get a tongue lashing

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.265 (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:265

What do nurses do?

Nurses act as intermediaries between doctors and patients. Nurses
assist
doctors in patient care by administering medicine, educating patients,
monitoring patient progress, and reporting problems. But nurses are much
more than just a doctor's assistant. Nurses have a great deal of clinical
experience, and sometimes nurses have more clinical experience than the
doctor. A wise doctor knows that it is a good idea to ask for the nurse's
opinion and recommendation. I learned this as a medical student, intern,
and
resident. In fact, some of the best teachers I ever had were nurses. And
some
of the best doctors I've ever met were nurses before they became doctors.
I
have a great deal of respect for the knowledge and experience that nurses
acquire. It's too bad that so many nurses are underpaid and
underappreciated.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 February 2007
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641